26 April 2010
New high performance system provides 15 percent faster process time and reduced energy consumption
GT Solar International, Inc., a global provider of specialized production equipment, process technology and turnkey manufacturing services for the solar power industry, today announced the DSS450HP™, a high performance ingot growth furnace with a thermally optimized, second-generation hot zone for improved throughput while delivering industry-leading crystal quality.
The DSS450HP delivers faster ingot growth rates resulting in 15 percent more system throughput and reduced energy consumption compared to the DSS450™ furnace. New DSS450HP systems begin shipping this month and are expected to be installed at customer sites beginning in May. Current DSS450 and DSS240™ users can migrate to the new DSS450HP with a field upgrade kit.
“Our DSS450HP furnace delivers a new level of performance that lowers the cost of PV manufacturing by further decreasing cycle times in the ingot growth process,” said Tom Gutierrez, GT Solar’s president and chief executive officer. “We designed the new system so current DSS240 and DSS450 customers can easily migrate to the new platform, which underscores our commitment to protecting our customers’ investment in GT Solar DSS equipment.”
With over 1,300 systems in the field, GT Solar’s DSS ingot growth furnaces are widely used in PV wafering operations. GT Solar’s innovation and expertise in mechanical design, vacuum and high-pressure chambers, control system design, and crystal growth modeling, provide customers with a technologically advanced directional solidification furnace that consistently produces high quality ingots with optimized mass ingot yield.
About GT Solar International, Inc.
GT Solar International, Inc., based in Merrimack, NH, USA, is a leading global provider of specialized production equipment, process technology and turnkey manufacturing services for the solar power industry. The company's products and services allow its customers to optimize their manufacturing environments and lower their cost of ownership, accelerating the drive towards grid parity.