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Aluminum Paste for Solar Photovoltaics Manufacturers

Targray aluminum paste enables solar cell makers to create a uniform, high-quality back surface field (BSF) for their mono and multi-crystalline silicon solar cells. The paste is designed to deliver excellent efficiency, low bowing, high material compatibility, better adhesion strength and a wide process window. We offer a variety of standard formulations or tailor-made Al paste solutions for optimal concordance with your needs. For help identifying the best Al BSF paste for your application, please contact the solar division.

Targray Aluminum Paste Characteristics

  • Excellent back surface field formation leading to high efficiency
  • Low bowing (<1.5mm for 180um thickness wafer) and excellent adhesion quality (>3N/cm)
  • Compatible with mono and multi-crystalline wafers and back side silver paste
  • Co-fireable with back side and front side Ag pastes
  • Wide process window with silver front side paste
  • RoHS compliant and Pb free.

 

Rheology Thixotropic, screen printable paste
Viscosity (1) 30 ± 10 kcps
Fineness of grind 5 – 10 μm
Shelf Life (at 25 0C) 6 months
Sheet resistivity < 15 mΩ / sq. at 30 μm
Appearance Silver grey
Wafer Types Mono and multi-crystalline
Solids Content 70 – 80%

(1) Viscosity measured with Brookfield DV-II+CPC, #51 spindle, 38.4 sec-1, 10 rpm / 1 min, 25 0C.

Application Standard screen print process
Screen mesh / Emulsion thickness 200, 250, 280 mesh / 15-25 μm
Printing 1.4 ± 0.1 g for 6 poly crystalline
0.9 ± 0.1 g for 5 mono crystalline
Drying 2 min at 200-200-230 0C, 3 zone
Firing Furnace Infrared
Belt Speed 220 IPM
Set Points Dryer 1 – 3: 300, 320, 340 0C
Furnace 1 – 6: 550, 600, 650, 720, 865, 910 0C
Peak firing temp. 750 – 800 0C or 780 – 850 0C

aluminum paste firing properties

Advantages to Using Targray Al Paste

Aluminum paste (Al) for solar manufacturersA typical aluminum paste contains metal powders, glasses and additives mixed in an organic medium. The Al Paste variables such as metal powder, glass chemistry and additives have an influence on electrical performance, wafer bowing and solar cell adhesion. Increased electrical efficiency is typically not associated with Aluminum Paste, but many customers have seen up to 0.1% efficiency increase with our paste due to improved back-surface-field (BSF) strength.

Another important performance characteristic of Aluminum Paste is its impact on wafer bowing. As the industry pushed towards thinner wafers to reduce material costs, too much bowing will cause cell cracking and breakages. A cracked solar cell typically exhibits lower electrical efficiency and will results in more B-grade cells being produced in the cell manufacturing line. Broken cells create line stoppages, are resource intensive, and can noticeably affect cell production throughout. Our paste has excellent bowing performance on 200μm, 180μm and even 150μm wafer thicknesses.

Finally, adhesion is heavily influenced by Aluminium Paste. Adhesion is a property that is important for module manufacturers as a solar cell must be able to withstand 1000 to 3000 hours of temperature and humidity cycling. If a solar cell’s adhesion to the backsheet is poor, it is more likely to move and put mechanical strain on the interconnect matrix in the solar module, thus reducing the module electricity output significantly. Typically, cell manufacturers evaluate adhesion after the solar cell has been fired with a tape test to qualitatively measure how much aluminium residue sticks to the tape. To evaluate adhesion in the module, a solar cell is put in a mini or full module with the backsheet and the encapsulant. A small strip of backsheet is cut in order to quantify how much force is necessary to peel off the backsheet from the backside of the solar cell covered with Aluminium Paste.

 

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