PV Factory Tutorials

UNSW developed the Virtual Production Line as part of its undergraduate photovoltaics program in the early 2000s as detailed in this publication by Stuart Wenham and Anna Bruce. The virtual production line was based on the modelling of the performance of millions of screen printed solar cells and detailed the full manufacturing process of a screen printed aluminium back surface field solar cell. In 2014, Alison Lennon in collaboration with PV Lighthouse transferred the Virtual Production Line to the Cloud and it was rebranded as the PV Factory. PV Factory is used by various universities in the word to teach students how to make and analyse solar cells.

This section provided the tutorials for PV Factory which were developed at UNSW as part of the Photovoltaic Technology and Manufacturing course. Lecturers are free to use these resources for their courses can contact Prof Bram Hoex and PV Lighthouse in case they need more information. 

  1. Introduction to PV Factory & basic statistics
  2. Saw damage removal
  3. Alkaline texturing
  4. Acidic texturing
  5. Phosphorus diffusion
  6. Edge junction isolation by plasma etching
  7. Silicon nitride antireflection coating
  8. Silver screen printing
  9. Co-firing