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1 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE PV Pastes an example for industrial leadership in Europe Heraeus Precious Metals Dr. Michael Jörger, VP R&D

2 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE Outline Heraeus, a material supplier in the PV Market PV industry trends Case study – line conductivity How to remain competitive in Europe (PV Pastes) 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus2

3 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE Heraeus at a glance Heraeus is a globally active precious metals and technology Group with firm roots in Germany. The company has been family-owned for over 160 years. We operate in global niche markets characterised by lasting growth and attractive returns. 13,300 employees, €4.8 billion product revenue, €21.3 billion precious metals trading revenue Key markets – Precious Metals, Materials and Technologies, Sensors, Dental Products, Biomaterials and Medical Products, Quartz Glass, Specialty Light Sources 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus3

4 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE Heraeus and the PV Market Leading supplier of front side metallization pastes Globally present production and R&D sites Collaborator with specialised equipment manufacturers worldwide Partner with European universities and research institutes on technical projects 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus4

5 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE 35 years expertise in R&D and manufacturing thick film pastes In-house R&D facility Own precious metals, glass powder and vehicle production In house precious metals trading department Our Core Competences 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus5

6 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE Front side contactsFront side busbars Rear side pads Ag 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus6 * Back side field *

7 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE Market development – PV cell production 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus7

8 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE PV installations 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus8 Source: EPIA January 2012

9 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE Cost pressure for PV industry 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus9

10 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE PV Pastes and Other Materials Market 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus10

11 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE Options for Cost Reduction Higher efficiency  Alternative glasses  Improved contact resistance Less material  Fine line printing  Higher density lines Alternative material → Ag-free or Ag-reduced Alternative production methods  Seed layer  Plating  Galvanisation 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus11

12 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus12

13 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE 96xx aims for higher eff. and lower paste usage SOL9235H (2010) SOL9411 (2011) SOL9455 (Fine Line) SOL96XX (better contact) (2012) FS Ag paste usage (gram/cell) Multi Cell Eff. (%) Current product Sampled Seed layer Ph. 3 New Gen. 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus13

14 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE Critical improvements over the years: line conductivity (1) Improved line conductivity  Sintering Sintering  Higher silver percentage resulting in denser fingers 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus14

15 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE Critical improvements over the years: line conductivity (2) Improved line conductivity  Sintering  Better line uniformity 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus15 Improved line uniformity  Smaller difference min-max  Obtained by improvements in vehicle (binders and solvents)

16 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE Critical improvements over the years: line conductivity (3) Improved line conductivity  Sintering  Better line uniformity  Better aspect ratio and availability of better screens 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus16 52µm 63µm 130µm100µm63µm55µm SOL9235HSOL9411 SOL9600 SOL

17 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE How to remain competitive in Europe Close interdisciplinary collaboration with research institutes and entire industry value chain, from powder to solar cell module Maintain leading edge in material & process development Strong equipment and manufacturing base in Europe Strict intellectual property protection Guarantee material supply chain, strengthen security of supply of raw materials Highly educated workforce Guarantee innovation friendly environment!!! 20 June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus17

18 E NERGY M ATERIALS I NDUSTRIAL R ESEARCH I NITIATIVE Thank you for your attention! Dr. Michael B. Jörger Vice President R&D Thick Film Division  Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG  Heraeusstr  Hanau  Germany Tel: June 2012, Industrial Technologies 2012, Dr. Joerger, Heraeus18


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