SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES awarded contract for new production system for GaAs high-performance solar cells for use in space
Kahl am Main, 15 October 2020 – SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG (SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES ) has been awarded a contract from AZUR SPACE, Germany, for a newly developed PECVD coating system (PECVD: plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition) for the processes involved in the manufacture of gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar cells.
SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES employs ICP technology for PECVD coating technology. ICP – inductively coupled plasma – is a method that offers high electron density in conjunction with a high degree of plasma purity. SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES has developed a new plasma source based on this technology. Using the SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES ICP source, the coating system applies dielectric layers to the starting material for the GaAs solar cells.
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, CEO of SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG, commented: “We are delighted that after lengthy investigations AZUR SPACE has chosen our PECVD plasma source on the strength of its performance. The PECVD coating step is a crucial quality factor for GaAs solar cells.” GaAs solar cells are noted for their especially high efficiency in excess of 30% and are used in aerospace for power generation on satellites.
AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH is the global market leader and a global player in the development and manufacture of multi-junction solar cells for space PV and terrestrial CPV applications. AZUR SPACE uses the PECVD coating system in the manufacture of GaAs solar cells for applications in space.
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About AZUR SPACE
AZUR SPACE is the global leader in the development and production of multi-junction solar cells for space and terrestrial concentrated photovoltaic applications. Based on more than 55 years of experience in space solar cells and more than 25 years in III-V epitaxial technology with development and high-volume production. Furthermore, AZUR SPACE is now supplying GaAs and GaN-on-Si components and EPI-wafers for the high-power electronics market.