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Title: Methods and apparatus for manufacturing monocrystalline cast silicon and monocrystalline cast silicon bodies for photovoltaics

Methods and apparatuses are provided for casting silicon for photovoltaic cells and other applications. With such methods and apparatuses, a cast body of monocrystalline silicon may be formed that is free of, or substantially free of, radially-distributed impurities and defects and having at least two dimensions that are each at least about 35 cm is provided.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1117701
Assignee:
AMG IdealCast Solar Corporation (Wayne, PA) NREL
Patent Number(s):
8,628,614
Application Number:
13/276,700
Contract Number:
AC36-98GO10337
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2011 Oct 19
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY

Works referenced in this record:

Directionally solidified solar-grade silicon using carbon crucibles
journal, April 1979