News 2009 › 2009-03-19
Picosun opens new R&D and production facility
Bucking the current recession, Picosun, a leading developer and manufacturer of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems, has opened a new R&D and production facility near Helsinki.
The company has outgrown the services provided by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, although it will continue to use the clean room facilities at VTT Micronova, which are equipped with Picosun’s SUNALE™ ALD reactors, and will continue to be headquartered there.
“Having exclusive access to a number of reactors is a big step forward for us and will, surely, lead to leaps in the technology and processes offered by Picosun,” says the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Sven Lindfors.
One customer has already benefited from the capacity offered by the new premises, in the shape of a novel production technique developed for a very specific production need.
Other recent developments highlighting Picosun’s continued presence at the cutting edge of ALD technology is its involvement in an EU-funded research project aiming at dramatically increasing the efficiency of solar cells.
Known as ROD-SOL (Rods for Novel Solar Cells), this project will focus on optimising the growth of silicon nanorods on inexpensive substrates, such as glass or synthetic foil, for future thin film solar cells. These nanorods are expected to serve as ideal light traps to capture the energy of light for transformation into electricity – and the goal is to increase the efficiency of current solar cells by more than half.