Rehm Thermal Systems Scoops Solar Industry Award for Innovative Thermal Oxidation Process

The team at Rehm Thermal Systems is currently celebrating winning a coveted Solar Industry Award for its RFS-D Fast Firing System with integrated dryer and RDS Drying System featuring an advanced Thermal Oxidation process. Presented to the team at a ceremony held in Hamburg during the EU PVSEC exhibition, the Solar Industry Awards trophy recognises Rehm Thermal Oxidiser's ability to eliminate the challenge of residue contamination from photovoltaic metallization.

Topping the Solar Industry Awards' product category, the addition of Rehm's Thermal Oxidation technology has significantly enhanced the performance of its fast firing and drying technologies. The Rehm Thermal Oxidiser was developed to address the issue of reliably exhausting substantial quantities of vapour and smoke from the process chamber to avoid contamination and yield loss. Based on an innovative thermal oxidation process to reduce emissions from solar dryers and firing systems during the metallization of crystalline solar cells, the technology dramatically reduces associated maintenance costs. The process also ensures that emissions remain well below the statutory limitations for emissions of pollutants, delivering an important environmental advantage.

Rehm's Solar Industry Award was collected by Johannes Rehm, CEO Rehm Thermal Systems during the prestigious ceremony held at the Maritim Hotel Reichshof on September 6th 2011. Speaking afterwards, Johannes Rehm commented: "We're obviously delighted to win this award for the product enhancements delivered by our Thermal Oxidation process. We believe, and our customers have proven, that this is an extremely innovative development with the potential to deliver major productivity benefits - it's great to receive official industry recognition for this! In green industries such as solar, it is essential that green energy is generated by green processes. We've addressed this demand with the Thermal Oxidiser which is helping our customers achieve compliance with legal requirements for emissions. Plus, with other advantages including reduced maintenance costs, low energy consumption, minimal operating costs and decreased odour of solar dryers, it's an incredibly efficient technology."

'The Solar Industry Awards' continue to promote the people, process and places that make up the global PV and solar industry,' said David Ridsdale, Editor in Chief of Solar International (A PV Management Magazine). 'The awards are voted for by our readers ensuring these awards are decided by the individuals at the grass roots of the industry. We also award three special prizes to an organisation, product and person whose impact has caught the attention of the panel. The companies, people and products are selected as winners due to the confidence of the global solar and PV community."

Available for use with virtually all organic pollutants and metallization pastes, the Rehm Thermal Oxidizer minimises condensation to enhance the efficiency of drying systems such as the company's own RDS technology. Since no more condensate can be formed on the clean gas side, the main extraction system of the fabrication plant remains visibly cleaner. A major advantage over condensate separation techniques, Thermal Oxidation is proving particularly popular with today's solar manufacturers and is achieving widespread industry recognition - as evidenced by this year's Solar Industry Award.

About Rehm Thermal Systems

Rehm Thermal Systems ( is an international supplier to the photovoltaic and electronics industries, specializing in curing, drying and firing technologies as well as convection and condensation soldering. Rehm operates vertically integrated manufacturing facilities in Germany, China, and Russia, and technical support facilities throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

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