Air Liquide and Sixtron Advanced Materials form partnership to promote and distribute advanced coating materials to crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cell manufacturers worldwide.

The new Silexium™ technology will improve the performance of solar cells and reduce costs. The agreement will compliment Air Liquide’s existing ALOHA™ range of advanced precursor materials.

Sixtron, a Canadian company, develop scalable and cost-effective industrial coating systems to improve the performance of solar cells.
The new Silexium™ process combines proprietary precursor molecules with the SunBox™ gas generation system to deposit new solar cell films. The films enable the replacement of existing Silane-based anti-reflective coatings and significantly reduce the Light Induced Defects degradation (LID) on mono c-Si cells.

Francisco Martins, Vice-President World Business Line Electronics of the Air Liquide Group, commented, “This global partnership with Sixtron demonstrates Air Liquide strategic interest to provide its photovoltaic customers with the safest, most advanced and lowest cost-of-ownership Gases & Precursors solutions in the market.

The photovoltaic market is at the crossroads of energy and the Environment, the two growth drivers of the Air Liquide group.”

Peter Tyszewicz, President and CEO of Sixtron, added, “Air Liquide’s number one market position allows Sixtron to support the crystalline-Silicon solar industry as it improves cell efficiency and reduces costs.”