The latest edition includes the feature article: “Cost of Ownership for c-Si Wet Processes: Texturization and Cleaning” and is presented as the first installment in a series. This paper examines the need for saw damage removal and the follow-on processes of pre-cleaning, texturization and cleaning for photovoltaic (PV) applications.
Additionally, WWK’s 2012 survey on equipment and process timing in the semiconductor industry will be closing at the end of April. The survey results will be consolidated and provided to all participants free of charge. Participation in the survey is the only way to receive a full set of results. The survey form can be downloaded from the WWK web site at: http://www.wwk.com/
Further information is provided on WWK’s launch of a new total cost of ownership for energy (TCOe™) modeling platform. TCOe™ attempts to remove some of the limitations of levelized cost of energy (LCOE) with regard to revenue generation, the value of grid power displaced, and the value of power density when faced with space constraints inherent in rooftop installations.
Lastly, information is provided on WWK’s March 27 presentation on operational modeling applications at the PV Fab Managers Forum in Berlin, WWK’s 20th annual COO seminar at SEMICON West/Intersolar on July12, and a new article in the 7th edition of Future Photovoltaics entitled “PV Manufacturing:
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