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

United States Patent

January 14, 2014
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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.
Stoddard; Nathan G. (Frederick, MD)
AMG IdealCast Solar Corporation (Wayne, PA)
13/ 276,700
October 19, 2011
This invention was made with U.S. Government support under National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Subcontract No. ZDO-2-30628-03 under Department of Energy (DOE) Contract No. DE-AC36-98GO10337, awarded by DOE. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.