Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition, the future of technology for today's major growth markets
SALD, the innovator in Spatial ALD technology
Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a technology that produces very thin, conformal films with control of thickness and composition at atomic level. ALD is best known for the production of computer chips. The disadvantage is that it works slowly; each layer takes relatively much time. In 2008 TNO scientists developed a brilliant solution for this: Spatial ALD. With this new technology TNO was able to increase the production speed 5 to 10 times, while the coating quality remained the same.
This led to the establishment of SoLayTec, which developed and sold advanced Spatial ALD machines for the mass production of solar panels. This makes SoLayTec the only company with large-scale production experience within the emerging world of Spatial ALD. The in-depth expertise in Spatial ALD technology, combined with the unique ability to transfer it from lab to fab, offers great opportunities in today's growth markets. That is why a new company has been set up alongside SoLayTec, with the ambition to be at the forefront of promising new applications of Spatial ALD. The name chosen is the worldwide abbreviation for this innovative technology: SALD.
Major growth markets
Battery manufacturers and large buyers such as the automotive industry strive for higher capacity, faster charging times and a longer service life of batteries. Scientific tests have shown that Spatial ALD can play a decisive role in this. Read more>>
As a spin-off from SoLayTec, SALD is well aware of the possibilities of Spatial ALD in the production of highly efficient solar panels. Because the emphasis in China is on low-cost low-efficient solar panels, in Europe there is more interest in the development and production of high-quality solar panels. Read more>>
Food, medicine and health-tech producers are discovering the benefits of Spatial ALD. Packaging can thus be made airtight quickly and cost-effectively, which offers major advantages in profitability, shelf life and durability. Read more>>
Unique protected technology
In all these growth markets, maximum throughput at the lowest possible costs is essential for success. SALD has developed a unique technology that makes this possible, which is protected by several patents. This technology has been incorporated into a compact machine that can be used for research as well as for small-scale production. It does not matter which material is involved: battery, solar panel, OLED or foil. Moreover, SALD is the only company in the world that has the expertise to subsequently quickly and reliably upscale the Spatial ALD technology to high volume production.