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The Neuchatel Institute of Microengineering (IMT) of EPFL and BrightView Systems Announce Collaboration for Solar Cell Production Process Optimization Solutions

July 8, 2009

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland and PETACH-TIKVA, Israel, July 8 /PRNewswire/ –
The Thin-Film Photovoltaics Laboratory at IMT, a world leading lab in
silicon-based thin-film solar cells research, part of the renowned Ecole
Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), and BrightView Systems, an
innovative developer of production process optimization tools for the solar
industry are joining forces to introduce novel solutions for the optimization
of next generation thin-film solar cells production.

BrightView’s advanced solutions will be utilized to provide real-time
feedback to encompass a complete framework for process optimization that is
scalable from pilot line to mass production of large area panels.

“We are convinced that the strategy of BrightView, their ideas, dynamism,
specific know-how and unique approach to key issues in manufacturing, will
allow us to achieve our goals”, said Prof. Christophe Ballif, head of the PV
Laboratory.

By targeting key manufacturing challenges related to optimization and
effective control of optical and electrical cell properties, the partners aim
at improving the efficiency and reliability of solar cells, while enabling
high productivity at volume production. IMT brings to the collaboration its
vast experience in characterization and modeling of multi-junction thin-film
silicon cells as well as state-of the art fabrication and lab to industry
process transfer.

“Working closely with IMT enables us to fine-tune our solutions for
process optimization to the most advanced cell structures ahead of their
incorporation in the production lines”, said Benny Shoham, CEO of BrightView.
“The excellent team at IMT is one of the true forces that brings device
novelty to this industry and drives it to continuously improve efficiency,
while our solutions are designed to address key challenges in mass producing
these advanced structures. Together we will enable a faster adoption of new
more efficient cell technologies at lower manufacturing cost” added Shoham.

About BrightView Systems Ltd

Founded by an experienced and innovative team, BrightView focuses on the
production technology of photovoltaic solar-cells. Leveraging on the
company’s breakthrough technology, BrightView’s solutions are designed to
enable solar-cell manufacturers to maximize production efficiency.
Implementing BrightView’s solutions will lower the $/w production costs and
will therefore accelerate the solar industry’s roadmap towards grid parity.
BrightView – Perfecting solar energy production.

About IMT PV-Lab

The IMT PV-Lab was founded by Prof. Arvind Shah in 1985 and has pioneered
several breakthrough technologies for thin film silicon, including VHF plasma
processes and the micromorph tandem cell concept. The lab is at the origin of
many patents and has obtained record performances related to thin film Si
solar cells. The laboratory employs over 45 persons and its current research
focuses on thin silicon films prepared by plasma processes, transparent
conductive oxides, high efficiency crystalline solar cells and module
lamination technology. PV-Lab infrastructure comprises of all necessary
characterization and testing tools, as well as an impressive process
technology array of more than 15 deposition reactors, etching systems, laser
scribing tools and laminators that allow for the fabrication of complete
devices, from layers and cells to finished modules. The IMT has been
initially developed within the University of Neuchatel and was integrated in
EPFL on January 1st, 2009.

    For more information please contact:

    BrightView Systems                Dr. Nicolas Wyrsch
                                      EPFL STI IMT-NE PV-LAB
                                      Rue Breguet 2
    Tel: +972-3-929-1400              CH-2000 Neuchatel
    e-mail: info@brightview-sys.com   e-mail: nicolas.wyrsch@epfl.ch
    http://www.brightview-sys.com     http://pvlab.epfl.ch

SOURCE BrightView Systems LTD.


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