Appolo laser project set to enter final year

The Appolo project, which aims to foster connections within the industrial laser community and speed validation of new laser equipment, is set to enter its fourth and final year after making a number of achievements in a successful third year.

In its third year the project has seen the integration of new lasers and a polygon scanner into a system for the assessment and validation of thin film scribing in CIGS solar cells. Developments have also been made in the handling procedures of perovskite-based solar cells in laser scribing experiments, with knowledge from the CIGS cells being transferred to the new material.

The Appolo project, with a consortium of 36 partners from ten different countries, is set to run for four years, finishing at the end of August 2017.

The project aims to establish and coordinate connections between end users that have demand for laser technology, applications laboratories of research institutes, and laser equipment manufacturers. It also aims to facilitate faster validation of the feasibility, adaptation, or customisation of the technology and equipment used in manufacturing.

The core of the consortium consists of laser application laboratories around Europe, connected through the virtual Appolo Hub. The consortium members accumulate knowledge and infrastructure while promoting the development and validation of laser-based technologies. The project covers activities on the technical, technological and economical assessment of new equipment supplied by project partners, and develops the standardised procedures for the assessment service, which can be provided to new project partners and customers beyond.

The full list of achievements made in the project's third year can be viewed in the published report: Appolo Public Report Y3.

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By Dave MacLellan, Executive Director, AILU


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