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FHR introduces highly productive CIGS foil coating solutions for the photovoltaics industry and presents outstanding results in layer deposition of transparent electrodes (TCO)

Ottendorf-Okrilla, 24 September 2012 – After shipping 12 CIGS coating systems mainly for R&D purposes and pilot lines worldwide, FHR Anlagenbau currently commissions roll-to-roll foil coating systems that achieve throughput and competitiveness comparable with highly productive CIGS deposition systems for glass substrates. Optimally adjusted sputter and evaporation processes allow stable characteristics of thin back contact, absorber and front contact layers along deposition width and length spanning several kilometers. Currently, operating time is only limited by available reel length of highly temperature-stable plastic foil.The transparent conductive electrode (Transparent Conductive Oxide, TCO) plays a decisive role in CIGS solar cell manufacturing.

To achieve a good absorption of sunlight and a good transmission of electricity simultaneously, the TCO layer requires a good light transmission and a high electric conductivity. The latest equipment generation of FHR Anlagenbau achieves excellent layer characteristics: For 1000 mm wide TCO layers remarkably low specific electrical resistivities of 5 × 10-4 Ohm × cm at a high transmission rate of 87 % are achieved. For comparison only: uncoated glass panes offer a transmission of approximately 92 %.In addition to foil coating solutions for the photovoltaics industry FHR Anlagenbau presents on this year’s EU PVSEC in Frankfurt/Main its product portfolio in the field of sputter targets and inline production plants.

About FHR Anlagenbau GmbH

FHR Anlagenbau GmbH is specialised in the development of innovative thin-film coating technologies and vacuum coating equipment and renders various services in the field of thin-film technology. The major field of business is the construction of coating plants which feature a range of vapour deposition, magnetron sputtering, CVD and ALD technologies for industrial production and research applications. These systems are used in many branches of industry, including photovoltaics, in particular for CIGS solar cells and organic PV cells, solar thermal plants, optics, electronics, sensor technology, and in the automotive sector.

The product portfolio includes modular cluster systems for stationary coating of substrates, inline systems with vertical or horizontal substrate transport for coating glass plates or tube surfaces, as well as roll-to-roll plants for coating flexible substrates such as metal strips or polymer films. FHR closely collaborates with renowned research institutions and industry partners world-wide. The company takes a leading market position, in particular in the field of roll-to-roll vacuum coating equipment. In addition to plant engineering, FHR manufactures planar and tubular sputtering targets and has a powerful service department.