BTU International, Inc. (BTU) is a supplier of thermal processing equipment to the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets. BTU equipment and processes are used in the production of solar cells, nuclear fuel and fuel cells, as well as in printed circuit board assembly and semiconductor packaging. In the solar market, BTU offers processing equipment for both silicon and thin film photovoltaics. In thin film photovoltaics, BTU’s equipment is used for both the copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) and cadmium telluride (CdTe) processes. Silicon photovoltaic applications are served by BTU’s metallization furnaces and in-line diffusion systems. Also in alternative energy, its customers use its thermal systems for the processing of nuclear fuel and the manufacturing of fuel cells. The Company’s convection solder reflow systems are used to attach electronic components to the printed circuit boards, primarily in the surface mount segments of this market.
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