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Title: Lab to Large Scale Transition for Non-Vacuum Thin Film CIGS Solar Cells: Phase II--Annual Technical Report, August 2003-July 2004

Abstract

The purpose of this subcontract, as part of the R&D Partners category is to: (i) identify the challenges that International Solar Electric Technology, Inc. (ISET) may face in the process of making a ''Lab to Large Scale'' transition for its ink-based non-vacuum process in production of thin-film CIGS solar cells and modules, and (ii) develop workable solutions for these challenges such that they can readily be implemented in a large-scale processing line for CIGS modules. The primary objective of this research is to streamline ISET's ink-based non-vacuum process for fabricating efficient CIGS modules to lower the cost of module production << $1.0/watt. To achieve this objective, ISET has focused R&D efforts on investigating topics that directly impact the ultimate cost of processing CIGS modules. These topics of concern include (i) module output, and therefore, the solar cell and the module efficiency, (ii) overall process yield which requires developing a process that offers a very high degree of repeatability for every manufacturing step, and (iii) a process approach that maximizes the utilization of the materials used. In accordance with the above, this report will cover activity during Phase II in the investigation of methods for low-cost manufacturing and process development. Specificmore » tasks cover four broad areas: (1) solar cell efficiency, (2) process control, (3) module integration, and (4) enhanced material utilization by reduction of waste stream.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
15011721
Report Number(s):
NREL/SR-520-37284
ISBN XCQ-230630-30; TRN: US200507%%684
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Jan 2005; Related Information: Work performed by International Solar Electric Technology, Inc. (ISET), Chatsworth, California
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 42 ENGINEERING; EFFICIENCY; MANUFACTURING; PROCESS CONTROL; PROCESSING; PRODUCTION; SOLAR CELLS; THIN FILMS; WASTES; PV; MODULE; MANUFACTURER; THIN FILM; INK-BASED NON-VACUUM PROCESS; LARGE-SCALE TRANSITION; PHOTOACTIVE JUNCTION; OPEN-CIRCUIT VOLTAGE; NANOPARTICLE PRECURSORS; SCREEN-PRINTED CONTACTS; SOLAR ENERGY - PHOTOVOLTAICS

Citation Formats

Kapur, V K, Bansal, A, Asenio, O I, Shigeoka, M K, Le, P, Gergen, B, Rasmussen, M, and Zuniga, R. Lab to Large Scale Transition for Non-Vacuum Thin Film CIGS Solar Cells: Phase II--Annual Technical Report, August 2003-July 2004. United States: N. p., 2005. Web. doi:10.2172/15011721.
Kapur, V K, Bansal, A, Asenio, O I, Shigeoka, M K, Le, P, Gergen, B, Rasmussen, M, & Zuniga, R. Lab to Large Scale Transition for Non-Vacuum Thin Film CIGS Solar Cells: Phase II--Annual Technical Report, August 2003-July 2004. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/15011721
Kapur, V K, Bansal, A, Asenio, O I, Shigeoka, M K, Le, P, Gergen, B, Rasmussen, M, and Zuniga, R. 2005. "Lab to Large Scale Transition for Non-Vacuum Thin Film CIGS Solar Cells: Phase II--Annual Technical Report, August 2003-July 2004". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/15011721. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/15011721.
@article{osti_15011721,
title = {Lab to Large Scale Transition for Non-Vacuum Thin Film CIGS Solar Cells: Phase II--Annual Technical Report, August 2003-July 2004},
author = {Kapur, V K and Bansal, A and Asenio, O I and Shigeoka, M K and Le, P and Gergen, B and Rasmussen, M and Zuniga, R},
abstractNote = {The purpose of this subcontract, as part of the R&D Partners category is to: (i) identify the challenges that International Solar Electric Technology, Inc. (ISET) may face in the process of making a ''Lab to Large Scale'' transition for its ink-based non-vacuum process in production of thin-film CIGS solar cells and modules, and (ii) develop workable solutions for these challenges such that they can readily be implemented in a large-scale processing line for CIGS modules. The primary objective of this research is to streamline ISET's ink-based non-vacuum process for fabricating efficient CIGS modules to lower the cost of module production << $1.0/watt. To achieve this objective, ISET has focused R&D efforts on investigating topics that directly impact the ultimate cost of processing CIGS modules. These topics of concern include (i) module output, and therefore, the solar cell and the module efficiency, (ii) overall process yield which requires developing a process that offers a very high degree of repeatability for every manufacturing step, and (iii) a process approach that maximizes the utilization of the materials used. In accordance with the above, this report will cover activity during Phase II in the investigation of methods for low-cost manufacturing and process development. Specific tasks cover four broad areas: (1) solar cell efficiency, (2) process control, (3) module integration, and (4) enhanced material utilization by reduction of waste stream.},
doi = {10.2172/15011721},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/15011721}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2005},
month = {1}
}