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Solliance and Holst Centre launch new R2R pilot production coating tool

Sharing investments on roll-to-roll manufacturing is an ideal strategy to enable low cost production of flexible electronics and seen as essential to remain competitive and ahead

15 Dec 2015 | Editor

Solliance and the Holst Centre have announced the final commissioning and launch of a roll-to-roll coating line for pilot production of flexible solar modules. The pilot production facility is being housed at the High Tech Campus facility in Eindhoven.

The atmospheric R2R coating equipment has been designed and built by a consortium of companies, led by VDL Enabling Technologies Group, in very close cooperation with the researchers from Solliance and Holst Centre, and in partnership with Smit Thermal Solutions Bosch Rexroth, JB Systems and Maan Technology.

Solliance is now celebrating its 5th anniversary. Since the Province of Brabant made the decision on December 10th, 2011 to invest 28 million Euro Solliance has grown from an idea to a large organisation over the past five years, providing a brand and a structure for 250 researchers from eight different research organizations and a growing number of industrial partners, focusing on the further development of thin film photovoltaic solar systems. In June of last year Solliance celebrated the grand opening of its brand new facility at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.

Solliance/Holst Centre - R2R tool Solliance/Holst Centre - Cleanroom

Figure: Solliance/Holst Centre - R2R tool and cleanroom

Huib van den Heuvel, Solliance director, said, "We are very happy with this milestone", Huib added, euvel. "The specifications and performance of this dedicated pilot production tool are unique in the world and offer the industry an excellent opportunity to reduce time to market and risk while making large scale production of flexible solar modules a reality."
Simon Bambach, CEO of VDL ETG, said, "We have a lot of experience with accurate handling of delicate substrates, such as silicon wafers in the semiconductor industry and glass panels in the display industry; with this tool we demonstrate that we position ourselves among the best in handling plastic films and metal foils for flexible electronics applications such as printed solar cells. This design is unique as it allows for foil handling without ever touching the active side of the substrate; it is the result of the involvement of lead designers from various disciplines and industries and the researchers of Solliance/Holst Centre. We have invested three years in the development and realization of this tool, a considerable investment, and now we’re looking forward to demonstrate it at Solliance to parties from all over the world."
Chris Moore, Technology Manager at Dyesol’s research team in Manchester, said, "‘We know what is available worldwide in terms of research facilities, expertise and pilot production tooling. We have deliberately chosen to work with Solliance in the conviction that its combination of know-how and infrastructure will enable the shortest route to market for us’."
Ton van Mol, director of the Holst Centre, said, "We are starting a big European project for the development of flexible OLED lighting devices. Together with Solliance we share teams and tooling for multiple applications and industries. We regard roll-to-roll manufacturing strategies ideal to enable low cost production of flexible electronics. Sharing the investments between parties is necessary to manage the R&D investments and stay ahead."
Merei Wagenaar from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, said, "This achievement shows the strength of the close collaboration of industry, knowledge institutes and government. Also in view of recent development at COP21 in Paris we see a growing sense of urgency to make the transition to a sustainable energy system happen; this shift begins with having the right technology."
Huib van den Heuvel, Solliance director, said, "Next to integration of the research teams from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany we have invested in a world-class research and pilot production infrastructure with a number of novel processes that can potentially have an impact in the industry; we invite all interested companies, locally and from abroad, to come to Solliance and benefit from all this. In the coming years we will also extend our focus to the integration of photovoltaic systems in all kinds of immobile and mobile applications. We see good opportunities to create economic activity in the value chain leading to the production of solar cells and in the creation of solar active products."

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About Holst Centre

Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wearable health, connectivity and flexible electronics, in an open innovation setting and in dedicated research trajectories. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia based around roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.

Holst Centre's fundamentals are to contribute to answering global societal challenges in healthcare, lifestyle, sustainability and the Internet of Things.

Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) and is supported by local, regional and national governments. Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from, and contributes to, the state-of-the-art on-site facilities.

Holst Centre has over 200 employees from some 28 nations and a commitment from more than 50 industrial partners.

Source: Holst Centre

About Solliance (pv network)

Solliance is a partnership of R&D organizations from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany working in thin film photovoltaic solar energy. In order to strengthen the EU region’s position as a world player in PV, Solliance is creating the required synergy by consolidating and coordinating the activities of 250 researchers in industry, at research institutes and universities.

Various state-of-the-art laboratories and pilot production lines are jointly used for dedicated research programs which are executed in close cooperation with the solar business community. Solliance Research Partners are: ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Centre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich, University Hasselt and Delft University of Technology.

Solliance offers participation in its research programs and opens up its lab facilities to new entrants, either from industry or in research. On the basis of clear Intellectual Property agreements, each industrial partner can participate in this research effort, or alternatively, hire equipment and experts to further develop its own technology.

Source: Solliance (pv network)


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