Asian win for Beneq-Glaston technology
Coating specialist, Beneq, and glass technology expert, Glaston, recently announced a major contract for the manufacturing technology that they have jointly developed for producing TCO (transparent conductive oxide)-coated glass for the solar industry. The first Beneq-Glaston TFC2000™ line for applying TCO coatings to glass for photovoltaics (PV) will go to a customer in Asia.
The two companies signed a strategic cooperation agreement last September to leverage Beneq’s extensive experience in aerosol technologies for advanced thin film coatings and Glaston’s state-of-the-art continuous flat glass heat treatment technology for solar solutions. This has resulted in the TFC2000™ continuous offline production concept.
By integrating Beneq’s unique, proprietary nAERO® technology with Glaston’s CHF Pro™ heat treatment line, TFC2000™ offers a cost-effective way to manufacture high-quality TCO-coated glass for solar applications.
“The sale of the first TFC2000™ line in such a relatively short period of time is very encouraging and confirms that the joint Beneq-Glaston offering has been well positioned to serve the needs of the growing thin film PV industry with a solution that is unique and competitive,” according to Glaston’s CEO, Arto Metsänen.
Beneq’s coating technology – based on two enabling nanotechnology platforms: Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and aerosol coating (nHALO® and nAERO®) – is ideal for the cleantech and renewable energy fields, particularly the glass, solar, and emerging thin film markets. Read more about the company in our latest article or visit their Web site at www.beneq.com.
Glaston is a pioneer of glass processing technology and is the power behind Bavelloni pre-processing machines and tools, Tamglass and Uniglass safety glass machines, and Albat+Wirsam software solutions. Read more here and at their Web site: www.glaston.net.
|In a world where solar cell manufacturers are looking for more economical coating solutions, Beneq-Glaston TFC2000™ technology offers an excellent choice. Photos courtesy of Beneq.