Heraeus Photovoltaics, which has helped customers achieve PERC efficiency world records five times in the past 18 months, announced today that table tennis star Timo Boll will meet fans at the Heraeus Booth (W3-510) at the 2018 SNEC International Photovoltaic Power Generation and Smart Energy Exhibition & Conference at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. Boll will meet fans on May 29 for photos, autographs and a chance to play a few volleys with this legendary world champion.
The partnership between Heraeus Photovoltaics and Timo Boll, ranked number one in 2018 for the fourth time in his career, centers around a shared commitment for peak performance and world records. For Heraeus, the most recent customer achievement occurred in China, where the company’s silver paste enabled a solar cell company to reach 23.95% photovoltaic conversion efficiency, establishing a new monocrystalline PERC cell conversion efficiency world record. The records were verified by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Photovoltaic and Wind Power System Quality Test Center.
Andreas Liebheit, President of Heraeus Photovoltaics, noted that after company executives met with the legendary table tennis superstar, it became clear they shared the same principles of success: strategy, speed and, above all, teamwork. “The Timo Boll story is a perfect fit with Heraeus. His career reflects what we do every day to ensure our metallization pastes help our customers win and attain world-record performance: be lightning-fast, have a sharp strategy for a competitive, fast-changing marketplace, and build a strong sense of teamwork with customers.”
Timo Boll’s partnership with Heraeus at SNEC 2018 reflects his personal passion for clean, sustainable energy: he insisted that his recently-constructed home be powered by solar energy. He said, “Renewable energy is important to me because we should not only think about the time we are here on this planet, but keeping future generations in mind and making sure we use natural resources wisely and responsibly.”
Fascinated by technology, Boll became intrigued by solar cells, and sees the similarities to his table tennis career. Whether it’s delivering top-performing solar cells or competing in a championship match, he adds, “you need teamwork to perform on a world-class level. My outstanding successes are the result of many people joining forces and working for one common goal.”
Continuing its commitment to help customers attain championship-level PERC efficiency with their solar cells, Heraeus Photovoltaics introduce three new additions to its silver metallization paste product line at SNEC 2018:
• SOL9651B/SOL328 “PERC metallization package” for high efficiency PERC, with high Voc to provide extra protection of laser damaged area. The high FF offers superior contact performance to provide more space of diffusion optimization;
• SOL9651B2 series for “stack passivation” solar cells, featuring a new paste chemistry designed to contact stack passivation (such as SiNx/Al2O3) or wrapped-deposition from passivation
• SOL9652B series for double/dual print packages, providing Ultra Fine Line (UFL) printability with improved long-term printability.
The new pastes enable customers and partners of Heraeus to produce PERC cells with significant improvement on both efficiency and adhesion. This enables cell manufacturers to reduce cost-per-watt and lowers LCOE in the downstream part of the value chain.
About the Heraeus Photovoltaics Global Business Unit
The Heraeus Photovoltaics Global Business Unit is an industry leading developer and manufacturer of silver metallization pastes for the photovoltaic industry. For over 40 years, Heraeus has built a reputation of innovation, extensive research and new product development in thick film technologies for some of the most prominent companies within a variety of industries. In the field of photovoltaics, the Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit applies this history and its innovative technology to offer metallization pastes for solar cell applications. The Heraeus SOL Series of silver pastes is specially formulated to provide higher efficiencies and wider processing windows, resulting in better yields and higher output for cell manufacturers.
A globally leading technology group, Heraeus is headquartered in Hanau, Germany. Founded in 1851, it is a family-owned portfolio company which traces its roots back to a pharmacy opened by the family in 1660. Today, Heraeus combines businesses in the environmental, energy, electronics, health, mobility and industrial applications sectors. In the 2017 financial year, Heraeus generated revenues of €21.8 billion. With approximately 13.000 employees in 40 countries, the FORTUNE Global 500-listed company holds a leading position in its global markets. Heraeus is one of the top 10 family-owned companies in Germany. With technical expertise, a commitment to excellence, a focus on innovation and entrepreneurial leadership, we are constantly striving to improve our performance. We create high-quality solutions for our clients and strengthen their long-term competitiveness by combining unique material expertise with leadership in technology.