Last week, Applied Materials participated in the 5th SNEC PV Power Expo in Shanghai. Since this show began in 2007, China has become theworld’s foremost supplier of solar cells and modules, and SNEC is nowone of the industry’s largest, must-attend solar events.
In ourexhibit booth, Applied Materials proudly articulated our leadership onthe large centerpiece backboard — "#1 Solar PV Manufacturing Solutions." Visitors to our booth learned about what has driven our success:Applied’s Baccini systems for screen printing applications and our PWSwafering tools.
We also leveraged this important show to announce several innovations. For improving cell efficiencies, we revealed a low-risk route to fabricate selective emitter (SE) structures. This new solution incorporates a high-precisionimaging system, custom screens, and optimized dopant paste technologydeveloped with Honeywell Electronic Materials. To advance waferingapplications, we announced a new, high-strength structured wire technology. We expect the new structured wire to increase cutting speed by 70%, resulting in a 30% reduction in total system cost of ownership.
This May we will host the 1st Innovation Summit in Xi’an for our customersand partners. Guests will visit the world’s most advanced Solar Technology Center and get an up close look at our latest technologies in wafering and cell manufacturing as well as factory productivity.