Challenges facing solar cell manufacturers are mostly cost driven and include increasing yields at ever-higher throughputs. Non-contact processing enabled by lasers has already proven on a small scale to be a viable manufacturing solution. The challenge to laser technology in this application is providing a cost-effective, reliable tool with the required high performance. The development paths of pulsed fiber lasers over the last 10 years in parallel with solar cell technology are meeting at a crossroads that will create a powerful and enabling laser based manufacturing solution.
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