Sunovia(TM) and EPIR Announce Completion of Closed Space Sublimation System
SARASOTA, Fla. and BOLINGBROOK, Ill., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SUNV) and its partner EPIR Technologies, Inc. announced today that they have completed the design and construction of a closed space sublimation (CSS) system for fabrication of polycrystalline cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell devices.
According to Dr. Siva Sivananthan, founder and CEO of EPIR Technologies, “We now know that two-junction CdTe on silicon (CdTe/Si) devices can reach efficiencies comparable to those of three-junction III-V solar cells on the market today, so the fabrication of three-junction and inverted three-junction CdTe-based devices have the potential to achieve efficiencies greater than 50 percent. In addition, multi-junction CdTe on Silicon photovoltaic devices can be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of the existing III-V solar cells.” Dr. Sivananthan added, “Our technology combines high quality, single-crystal CdTe with silicon substrates for high-efficiency, two and three-junction solar cells. We already have a baseline silicon solar cell fabrication process in-house that results in over 15 percent efficiency. Setting up the CSS now gives us the baseline CdTe process, which furthers our extensive understanding of II-VI materials and solar cells, and allows us to accelerate the commercialization of our CdTe/Si products.”
Dr. Timothy Coutts, former NREL Fellow and founder of the Device Development Group at NREL, stated, “EPIR is well known in the field of infrared detectors and they are now using this expertise to develop a novel photovoltaic technology. This tool gives EPIR state of the art research ability in polycrystalline CdTe in addition to its already industry leading single-crystal CdTe on silicon epitaxial layer growth and device fabrication capabilities. Deposition rates using CSS are very high compared to other thin-film deposition techniques making the CSS process ideal for high volume manufacturing.”
Sunovia Energy Technologies and EPIR Technologies are developing an ultra high-efficiency, low cost CdTe on silicon photovoltaic product that is based on single-crystal CdTe instead of the polycrystalline material used in CdTe panels on the market today. The achievement of the 15 percent silicon baseline efficiency is the foundation for the fabrication of much higher efficiency multi-junction single crystal CdTe solar cells.
About Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc.
Sunovia Energy Technologies is a Sarasota, FL-based company that commercializes and markets products within the LED lighting and solar markets that reduce carbon emissions and promote national security. Sunovia owns the exclusive marketing rights to products produced by EPIR Technologies, Inc., including infrared sensors and devices for the civilian and military night vision markets.
Sunovia’s LED lighting technologies are among the most cost and energy-efficient in the world, and are marketed under the brand name EvoLucia(TM) (www.evolucialighting.com).
Sunovia owns a significant equity interest in Illinois-based EPIR Technologies, Inc., the pioneer of single crystal II-VI solar modules and a global leader in the field of IR sensors and IR imaging. EPIR’s collective infrared knowledge and experience is believed to exceed that of any company in the world. Its founder, Chairman and CEO Dr. Sivalingam Sivananthan, is a recognized world leader in HgCdTe growth. EPIR holds the patent for growing CdTe directly on a Si readout integrated circuit, for which the company developed a manufacturing capability with Congressional support. Sunovia and EPIR have a network of close collaborative relationships, including the Army Research Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Night Vision Electronic Sensors Directorate, BAE Systems, and other laboratories around the world.
More information about the exclusive partnership between Sunovia and EPIR is available in Sunovia’s Securities and Exchange filings at www.sec.gov, or at the partners’ Web sites, www.sunoviaenergy.com and www.epir.com.
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