Keeping Solar-Cell Production Costs Down

Featured in North American Clean Energy. View digital issue here (article on page 20.)

Harsh Processes Require Hard Pumps

The manufacturing of solar wafers is an extremely precise process that puts pumping equipment through demanding, often rigorous production applications. Several of these processes involve highly abrasive slurries, which is a mixture of glycol and powdered silicon carbide. Slurries are used as the cutting agent when silicon ingots pass through the wire saw machine, producing thin silicon wafers. Eventually, this slurry becomes contaminated by silicon particles, iron and other byproducts from the sawing process, which render it unusable. Since slurry is one of the more expensive products used in the solar wafer manufacturing process, many solar wafer manufacturers have invested in systems that reprocess and reuse the slurry onsite rather than discard it after use. As one of the pioneers in the slurry reprocessing industry, CRS Reprocessing Services, understands this…perhaps better than anyone.

A Solid Selection

The manufacturing of solar cells is one of the fastest growing power-generation segments in the world. Playing an enhanced role with respect to this trend is the total cost of producing solar cell materials. Since unscheduled shutdowns that result in production downtime can quickly accumulate into higher solar cell production costs and affect the overall bottom line, choosing the correct industrial process solutions to improve efficiencies and avoid downtime can go a long way in keeping costs low. Therefore, it is crucial that the right components contribute to a solar cell plant’s operation, including the industrial pumps that do much of the heavy lifting during the various stages of the production process.


Almatec® Launches Web Site Dedicated to Solar Industry

Kamp-Lintfort, Germany, July 12, 2011 — Almatec®, a premier manufacturer of air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps, is pleased announce the launch of a new Web site specifically for the growing solar industry. The new site is located at www.almatecsolar.com, and is dedicated to the production of photovoltaic solar cells, and how Almatec E-Series AODD Pumps can play a pivotal, cost-saving role in their manufacture.



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