Evergreen Solar Unveils Major Thin Wafer Breakthrough for Its String Ribbon Technology

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evergreen_logo.gifEvergreen Solar Inc (ESLR) announced a major advance in the development of its String Ribbon(TM) manufacturing process that has the potential to produce silicon wafers thinner than 150 microns. The Company has filed a patent application for its thin wafer technology. “Evergreen Solar’s mission since its inception has been to produce high-quality solar products at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods,” said Richard M. Feldt, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Today we are announcing an important step in realizing that goal. With the latest enhancement to our Gemini II double ribbon growth process, Evergreen Solar has demonstrated in its pilot operations that it can manufacture wafers using one third of the silicon required by conventional methods – significantly reducing the overall cost of producing solar panels. [ more ]