Photovoltaics Manufacturing Solutions

At Newport we have a proud history of partnering with OEMs, integrators, manufacturers and researchers, working together to make great advancements in the photovoltaic industry. We continually take a proactive role through investment, research and partnership to design and deliver new solutions to meet the needs of a growing market. From early-stage process development to full scale mass production, Newport can help you save both time and money.

Introducing Newport’s Solutions for Photovoltaic Manufacturing


Process Development

Every Newport platform is backed by an extensive process-development engineering capability that ensures your success. Laser scribing and laser edge deletion processes are extensively validated on customer provided samples prior to selecting the final laser and system configurations. Our Materials Processing and Applications Laboratories, located in Santa Clara, and California, combine our full range of laser technologies with high-accuracy, high-throughput motion control platforms to help you evaluate and refine process parameters for nearly any material or process. This critical service capability enables us to assure a complete process result - before you buy.

P2 thin film scriber
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Laser scribe line detail
3D Metrology

Motion Control Platforms for Processing of PV Panel

Our world-leading motion control stages serve as the basis for our processing platforms, and are also available in stand-alone or customized configurations. Our decades of experience deploying these platforms into the demanding semiconductor manufacturing market assure you a high-performance, cost-effective and reliable solution.

HybrYX™ XY Hybrid Air Bearing Stage
HybrYX™ G5 Positioning Stage
IMS-LM Split-Gantry Positioning System

Oriel® Solar Simulators and Measurement Systems

For more than 40 years, Oriel Solar Simulators have been providing customers with the closest spectral match to solar radiation. Oriel now offers Class AAA models in sizes from 2x2 inch (51 x 51mm) through 12x12 inch (300 x 300mm) certified to IEC, JIS and ASTM guidelines that deliver the performance in solar illumination you need for the most demanding applications. For those applications that do not require such industry leading performance, Class ABA, ABB, and unclassified systems are also available.

Our PVIV Test Solutions comprises a complete I-V measurement solution including sophisticated IV measurement software, various models of sample holders including temperature controlled vacuum chuck, and electrical probing solutions that works with any Oriel Solar Simulator. Oriel’s IV Tester software makes this solution easy to configure, adapt or integrate into other test set-ups.

Oriel offers a variety of solutions for measurement of Quantum Efficiency. From components to build a custom design with the QE/IPCE Measurement Kit to the turn-key Quantum Efficiency Measurement System featuring simultaneous measurement of external quantum efficiency (EQE) and internal quantum efficiency (IQE), our QE measurement solutions are designed to help the researcher perform these tests on virtually any photon-to-charge converting device. Combining a pre-engineered selection of Newport and Oriel products, these devices offer flexibility, versatility, and repeatability while saving you time in designing and setting up your test protocols.

Oriel Sol3A 12x12 (300 x 300mm) Solar Simulators (94123A)

For photovoltaic cell applications, the Oriel QE measurement products are designed for use with PV cells of all types including single, tandem and multi junction Si based cells, thin film solar cells on any substrate including CIGs, CdTe, and dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). Combining a pre-engineered selection of Newport and Oriel products, these kits offer flexibility, versatility, and repeatability while saving you time in designing and setting up your test protocols.

IV test stations and QE systems can be configured with accessories for temperature controlled sample handling, electrical probing, light and/or voltage biasing, calibrated reference cells with meters, and spectrometers. Spectroscopy Instruments can help you get up and running quickly.

If you don’t see exactly the right solution for your application please contact a sales engineer and we will be happy to have our engineering team discuss your custom needs.

Calibration and Certification Services for PV Cells

The Newport Technology & Applications Center's Photovoltaic (TAC-PV) Lab is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to ISO/IEC 17025. Staffed with trained specialists and housed with new equipment, this state-of-the-art facility has opened its door for prototype PV device performance measurements and/or for PV cell calibration and certification.

In addition to the TAC-PV Lab's dedicated facility for PV cell calibration, Newport's Technology and Application Center (TAC) is equipped with modern ultrafast lasers, spectroscopy and imaging instruments that enable us to perform many advanced studies including transient absorption, pump-probe, non-linear ultrafast spectroscopy, multiphoton imaging, and other material characterization techniques. These tools and techniques have allowed us to understand the properties of materials used in photovoltaic cells at molecular and atomic level.

See additional information for PV Cell Calibration and Certification Services, and online contact form to discuss your specific PV application needs.

Products for Advanced R&D in Photovoltaics

Newport also offers the industry's broadest range of standard photonics products for both basic and applied research and development in PV. This includes the full spectrum of R&D-Lab equipment; from vibration control tables, to a wide variety of motion control, optics and opto-mech, to lasers, laser diodes and photonics instruments. With over 15,000 products, we can provide the basic tools you need to do virtually any optics-based research!

Optical Power and Energy Meters
XPS Universal Motion Controller

We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to assist you with your next manufacturing or development challenge.

Contact us or call (877) 835-9620 in the USA to discuss your specific application needs.