Category: Advances in Photovoltaics:. Volume

Industrial HVM approach

For the production of solar-grade feedstock, WACKER has optimized its production process taking into account the requirements ofthe solar indus­try for lower cost at maximum quality level (Hesse, 2009, Industry Announcements (n. d.), Rogol et al., 2009). • The deposition process was modified for maximum deposition rate. The resultant SG morphology does not impact the […]

Which polysilicon characteristics can provide the right feedstock?

A loss analysis of advanced cells supports the vital relevance of high lifetime (Cousins et al., 2006). Several reviews describe the corresponding parame­ters of crystalline SG-Si for high-efficiency cells (Geerligs et al., 2011; Glunz, 2007) . For lower efficiencies, the corresponding parameters of SG-Si feedstock were reviewed by Pizzini (2009, 2010) and Pizzini et al. […]


Solar PVs is a source of renewable energy with the highest power density of renewable energy sources. As such, solar PV electricity should be a product of a clean industry, per definitionem. Solar PVs is mainly based on HVM of polysilicon, and like all industrial processes, it interferes with the environ­ment in different ways. Fortunately, […]

Why do silicon and the Siemens process, i. e. the "silane route" dominate the solar feedstock industry?

Although researchers of alternative PV materials disclosed that, based on the lifetime energy output, inexpensive thin film of, for example, iron sulfide FeS2 could be more promising than high-efficiency silicon cells (Wadia et al., 2009) and the future of the Siemens process has been regularly questioned (Kohler et al., 2011; Xiao-gang and Li-rong, Dec, 2008), […]

Arguments regarding "high energy/high cost" rating (Hesse et al., 2008a)

Some environmentally concerned scholars regarded the production of solar – grade feedstock via gas phase deposition as being “too costly” because of the “high” energy consumption of the deposition process, and that purification of silicon via metallurgical processes, that is, different melting and crystallizaton steps, slag refining, treatment with different gases, etc. is much less […]