Ferro Corp announced on March 30 the opening of a photovoltaic research and development laboratory in Neihu Technology Park, Taipei City, Taiwan.
The laboratory will provide testing and customer technical assistance to support rapid product development and resolution of technical issues.
The Ferro Taiwan Technology Center will perform tests related to the deposition of metallization pastes on solar cells. Services will include solar cell printing and firing, printing quality analysis, electrical performance measurement, wafer property analysis, and solderability and adhesion testing. Ferro customers also will be able to supply wafers to evaluate conductive pastes when their test facilities are busy, thus speeding up the paste qualification process.
"This development laboratory greatly improves Ferros ability to smoothly, rapidly and sustainably introduce innovative metallization pastes into the continually advancing solar cell market in Taiwan," notes Dr. Steven Florio, chief technology officer for Ferro's Electronic, Color and Glass Materials Group.