Dalsa Enters Solar Cell Inspection
Dalsa Corp. of Waterloo, Ontario, has entered into the solar cell inspection market. The company deals in area scan, line scan and embedded processing for inspection in the flat-panel display industry, which are now being applied to solar cell inspection, resulting in high quality yet cost-effective inspection capabilities for the solar cell industry. Solar cell manufacturers are under pressure to drive down costs in order to achieve "grid parity," the point at which the cost of solar energy is roughly equivalent to the cost of conventional power distributed on electric grids. Analysts forecast that this may occur in 2011 as module prices continue to drop.