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Yingli partnership to develop high efficiency N-type silicon solar cells

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited, a vertically integrated photovoltaic (PV) product manufacturer, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), and Amtech Systems, Inc. a supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, are to jointly develop next generation high efficiency solar cells.

The joint project under the agreement will seek to develop and implement high efficiency N-type silicon solar cells, named PANDA, at Yingli Green Energy's pilot production line in Baoding, China. The high efficiency cells will utilise the cell design of ECN, the solar diffusion technology and dry PSG removal expertise of Tempress Systems, Inc., Amtech's solar subsidiary, and Yingli Green Energy's leading cell process technology.

The construction of the pilot production line does not require significant capital expense, according to the announcement, as it only requires moderate changes to the current production lines.

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