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Umicore Collaborates with RENA Technologies to Develop the Next Generation of Germanium Wafers

Olen, Gütenbach 15. September 2023 – Umicore Electro-Optic Materials (Umicore EOM) has established a strategic collaboration with RENA Technologies, aimed at integrating RENA’s cutting-edge ACE inception wafer processing solution into the ongoing development of Ge (germanium) wafers. This collaboration signifies a momentous leap in the domain of the space solar cell industry.

Umicore EOM has led the way in the field of epi-ready, dislocation-free germanium substrates designed for III-V multi-junction solar cells for many decades. Umicore EOM’s dedication to both reliability and innovation is evident in its strong industry reputation and extensive partnerships in the space solar cell industry. Driven by an unwavering spirit of advancement, the company is dedicated to reshaping industry standards at their very core. Herein, the RENA ACE technology emerges as a pivotal role in propelling this transformative journey forward.

RENA’s advanced wafer processing solution features flexible process performance and single side, full surface processing. The scalability for mass production aligns perfectly with Umicore’s application and ramp-up plans.
Built upon RENA’s Inception platform, Umicore EOM and RENA have joined forces in a collaborative development program, aimed at perpetual technology enhancement and ensuring a seamless and efficient transition into mass production. This move holds important significance in the realization of both companies’ ambitious expansion strategies.

Jinyoun Cho, Project Manager at Umicore EOM, emphasized the significance of our technology development, stating, “The RENA advanced wafer processing solution plays a crucial role in our manufacturing process, and RENA’s technology will be a key enabler for the performance of our Ge wafers.”

Franck Delahaye, Manager of Business Development at RENA, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “Umicore is a reliable partner, and we are glad to support their expansion plans with our solution.”
The collaboration between Umicore EOM and RENA Technologies carries the potential to reshape the landscape of the space solar cell market, underpinned by a steadfast commitment to innovation and sustainability.