Stion Assigned Patent
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) By Targeted News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 26 -- Stion, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,512,528) developed by Howard W.H. Lee, Saratoga, Calif., and Chester A. Farris III, Yorba Linda, Calif., for a "method and system for large scale manufacture of thin film photovoltaic devices using single-chamber configuration."
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for large scale manufacture of thin film photovoltaic cells includes a chamber comprising a plurality of compartments in a common vacuum ambient therein. Additionally, the system includes one or more shutter screens removably separating each of the plurality of compartments. The system further includes one or more transfer tools configured to transfer a substrate from one compartment to another without breaking the common vacuum ambient. The substrate is optically transparent and is characterized by a lateral dimension of about 1 meter or greater for a solar module. Embodiments of the invention provide compartments configured to subject the substrate to one or more thin film processes to form a Cu-rich Cu--In composite material overlying the substrate and at least one of the plurality of compartments is configured to subject the Cu-rich Cu--In composite material to a thermal process to form a chalcogenide structured material."
The patent application was filed on April 25, 2012 (13/456,030). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8512528.PN.&OS=PN/8512528&RS=PN/8512528
Written by Sudarshan Harpal; edited by Jaya Anand.
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