Heraeus to Showcase Its 3rd Generation Front Side Silver Paste for Silicon PV Cells at Intersolar North America

Jul 01, 2009, 11:00 ET from Heraeus Photovoltaic Business Unit

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Photovoltaic Business Unit of Heraeus -- a leading global precious metals management and materials supplier -- will spotlight its 3rd generation front side silver paste (SOL 953) for silicon solar cells at this year's Intersolar North America Exhibition and Conference. The event will be held in the Moscone Convention Center, West Hall, July 14-16, 2009. Heraeus will occupy booth #8562.

The SOL953 paste is cadmium-free and specifically designed for high sheet resistance emitter applications, providing excellent aspect ratio and fine line resolution for advanced cell designs.

SOL953 and all of the Heraeus SOL Series of silver pastes are specially formulated to provide better yields and higher output for cell manufacturers. The specially designed front side pastes offer higher efficiency and the lead-free backside bus bar silver pastes offer industry-leading adhesion and coverage.

Heraeus supports these products with three strategically-located tech service labs (Hanau, Germany, Shanghai, China and West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania) to provide expanded global service and production support for PV manufacturers. These tech labs offer quicker response time to technical questions and enable cell manufacturers to collaborate on custom formulations that take advantage of the customers' unique wafer design and process.

Heraeus also has 15 world-wide sales locations to complement its network of technical service labs and production facilities. The company has plans to add a fourth tech services facility, to be located in Taiwan.

About Heraeus Photovoltaic Business Unit

The Heraeus Photovoltaic Business Unit is part of the Thick Film Division of WC Heraeus, the precious metals and technology group with headquarters in Hanau Germany, a globally active, family-owned company with business areas that include precious metals, sensors, dental and medical products, quartz glass and specialty lighting sources. With a business volume of over euro 10 billion and more than 11,000 employees in over 100 companies worldwide, Heraeus has been an internationally recognized specialist in materials and precious metals for more than 150 years.

The WC Heraeus Thick Film Division (TFD) is a market leader in electronic materials like thick film pastes and materials for passive components and hybrid circuits, as well as advanced materials like LTCC materials and photoetchable pastes. Heraeus TFD has extensive expertise in the development, application and processing of thick film materials and provides global product manufacturing and regional support through applied technology labs. A diverse product offering has evolved over years of experience to now include metallization materials for silicon solar cells.

All Heraeus products are supported by in-depth process knowledge, personalized service, and custom solutions for emerging applications.

With multiple R&D sites and a global network of production and support facilities, Heraeus continually introduces new products that meet both local and global requirements. The company's goal is to achieve a level of quality and performance unsurpassed in the industry.

SOURCE Heraeus Photovoltaic Business Unit