Tino Petsch, CEO of 3D Micromac, received the SPIE 2011 Green Photonics Award for his paper 'Laser processing of organic solar cells in a roll-to-roll manufacturing process', presented at Photonics West. The award recognises outstanding research work of the company in the field of green technologies.
3D-Micromac has been involved in the development and commercialisation of laser systems for processing of wafer-based as well as thin-film solar cells for several years. Since early 2009, the company's engineers are engaged in laser processing of organic photovoltaic cells (OPV). The aim is to develop and manufacture whole production lines for manufacturing of OPVs from the raw materials up to the encapsulated cell. In addition to procedures like laser structuring and laser annealing, technologies such as gravure printing, slot die coating, and the inkjet printing are used.