BrightSpot Automation (BSA) has joined the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). The PVMC is the lead customer for BSA’s new ContactSpot system for measuring the contract resistance and other solar cell electrical parameters. Collaborative research will increase the accuracy of these measurements to aid in the development and manufacturing of improved solar cells.
Dr. Andrew Gabor, CTO of BSA: "Contact resistivity is of steadily increasing importance, especially for advanced solar cell designs with B-doped Si layers that are more challenging to contact. Traditional transfer length methods and equipment are not up to the task. Our ContactSpot system addresses these challenges, and collaborative work with PVMC members on modeling the system and measuring industrial cells will help us improve upon our baseline design with advanced algorithms and improved probe-head designs. The low-cost design of the tool and its ease of use will benefit its penetration for both cell R&D efforts as well as for quality control within solar cell factories."
Dr. Kris Davis, Crystalline Silicon (c-Si) Metrology Program Manager for PVMC: "We are excited to work with the BrightSpot team and help prove the value of their ContactSpot system. They have deep experience in PV manufacturing and equipment design and are eager to provide solutions to critical, underserved areas of PV R&D and manufacturing. They are also an ideal partner in the sense of their commitment to advancing the understanding of various PV topics and to share and publish their findings. We have identified a range of topics related to contact resistivity measurements on solar cells that are poorly addressed within the literature. A student at the University of Central Florida has begun a modeling effort to improve our understanding of the system and to guide us toward more accurate and repeatable measurements."
Dr. Winston Schoenfeld, Director of the c-Si PVMC Program: "I am pleased BrightSpot has joined our collaborative consortium, adding yet another advanced c-Si metrology facet to our existing member base. We continue to benefit from the collective expertise of our members and the addition of BrightSpot has enhanced our position as a leading consortium in developing the next wave of metrology capabilities for c-Si photovoltaic manufacturing."
The U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), headquartered in New York State, is an industry-led consortium for cooperative R&D among industry, university, and government partners to accelerate the development, commercialization, manufacturing, field testing, and deployment of next-generation solar photovoltaic (PV) and building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) systems. The c-Si PVMC Program is led out of Orlando, FL with an emphasis on metrology and feedstock/wafering technologies for c-Si PV manufacturing. Further information about PVMC can be found at www.uspvmc.org.
BrightSpot Automation was founded by a team of experienced photovoltaics professionals with the goal of providing the PV industry with innovative manufacturing and measurement tools with a focus on improving solar panel durability and performance. The company is based in Westford, MA.