The ASU Solar Power Labs (SPL) offers a flexible foundry capability maintained by the Fulton Schools of Engineering for ASU for internal and external users from academia, industry and national laboratories. The Solar Power Labs comprises a 6,000 sq. ft. cleanroom and associated laboratories for the fabrication and characterization of a wide range of materials for solar cell and other optoelectronic applications. The laboratories house a full suite of tools for wafer to module processing and characterization. There are two silicon pilot lines based around diffused and heterojunction solar cells on industrial sized 156 mm wafers. The Solar Power Lab also has capability for fabrication and characterization of III-V nanostructured and multi-junction solar cells. Our twelve source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) deposits quantum layers of a range of III-V binary, tertiary and even quaternary III-V semiconductors together with dilute nitride materials for a photovoltaic research beyond silicon that comprise multijunction and next gen nanostructure devices. A staff of four full-time engineers is experienced in process development for photovoltaic devices.
As well as providing access to state-of-the-art solar cell fabrication and characterization capabilities, the ASU Solar Power Lab also supports educational activities including undergraduate and graduate classes, and research experience for community college and high school students. As part of the NCI-SW the SPL facilities are available for research experience programs for undergraduates and faculty at local high schools and community colleges. To find out more about how the SPL can support your educational and R&D needs please contact Dr. Som Dahal.