Growth Markets

Solar

Solar

The conversion of solar energy into electrical energy is also known as photovoltaics, and this technology was already being used professionally as early as in 1958 to generate energy during space travel.

Photovoltaics will play an important role in the global energy mix of the future, and the Manz Group will be a successful part of it. As a high-tech equipment manufacturer, we concentrate on two main focal points with regard to the industrial manufacture of systems for the solar industry:

  • cSi (crystalline silicon): processes and solutions for manufacturing crystalline silicon solar cells
  • tfs (thin-film solar): processes and solutions for manufacturing thin-film solar modules

Crystalline solar cells are manufactured from silicon, which in its final form as a solar cell is then combined into what are known as modules, which are primarily used on rooftops.

The solar module created using thin-film technology is characterized by a wafer-thin layer that usually contains silicon, but can also be manufactured from other semiconducting materials. This layer is then usually attached to a glass substrate, and in doing so is processed into a module. The key feature of this technology is its notable cost-benefit ratio: Exorbitant costs for raw materials can be significantly reduced. However, it must be noted that the efficiency of this form of solar power generation is lower than with crystalline solar cells, and therefore much more space is needed. For this reason, this technology is mostly limited to use in large solar parks.

Over the medium and long term, the various areas of application will take their place in the solar energy mix and will all play a role in the global domination of this form of renewable energy.