AMAT opens solar R&D site in Germany

October 29, 2007 – Applied Materials Inc. has opened its SunFab Technology Center in Alzenau, Germany, to serve as the company’s principal solar R&D center, focusing on boosting module conversion efficiency and lowering production costs.

The 2000 sq. m site incorporates “a complete sequence of equipment” representative of AMAT’s SunFab thin-film line for large-volume solar circuit manufacturing, as well as PECVD and PVD systems, laser tools, and fab automation software, to allow customers to evaluate and test key systems and processes.

“This center is a demonstration of Applied Materials’ commitment to accelerating the growth of the solar market, advancing PV technology and reducing the cost of solar energy,” said Mark Pinto, SVP/CTO/GM of AMAT’s energy and environmental solutions group, in a statement.


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