Coherent persues photovoltaic markets

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Coherent has secured multiple orders totaling in excess of $20m from crystalline silicon (photovoltaic) solar cell manufacturers for laser-based process tools – just three months after releasing the Coherent Equinox and Aethon products at the EUPVSEC exhibition in Hamburg.

Representing some of the largest orders for laser-based tooling to date within the solar industry, deliveries are scheduled for completion in the first half of calendar 2010.

These tools are the latest additions to the company's complete portfolio of lasers and laser-based systems for photovoltaic production processes, positioning Coherent as a leading laser-based supplier to the solar industry today.