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Title: Method Of Making Solar Collectors By In-Situ Encapsulation Of Solar Cells

Abstract

A method of making solar collectors by encapsulating photovoltaic cells within a base of an elongated solar collector wherein heat and pressure are applied to the cells in-situ, after an encapsulating material has been applied. A tool is fashioned having a bladder expandable under gas pressure, filling a region of the collector where the cells are mounted. At the same time, negative pressure is applied outside of the bladder, enhancing its expansion. The bladder presses against a platen which contacts the encapsulated cells, causing outgassing of the encapsulant, while heat cures the encapsulant. After curing, the bladder is deflated and the tool may be removed from the collector and base and reflective panels put into place, if not already there, thereby allowing the solar collector to be ready for use.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Toronto, CA)
  2. (Markham, CA)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology
OSTI Identifier:
879609
Patent Number(s):
US 6134784
Application Number:
09/385115
Assignee:
Photovoltaics International, LLC (Sunnyvale, CA) OSTI
DOE Contract Number:  
ZAF-5-14271-11
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Carrie, Peter J., and Chen, Kingsley D. D. Method Of Making Solar Collectors By In-Situ Encapsulation Of Solar Cells. United States: N. p., 2000. Web.
Carrie, Peter J., & Chen, Kingsley D. D. Method Of Making Solar Collectors By In-Situ Encapsulation Of Solar Cells. United States.
Carrie, Peter J., and Chen, Kingsley D. D. Tue . "Method Of Making Solar Collectors By In-Situ Encapsulation Of Solar Cells". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/879609.
@article{osti_879609,
title = {Method Of Making Solar Collectors By In-Situ Encapsulation Of Solar Cells},
author = {Carrie, Peter J. and Chen, Kingsley D. D.},
abstractNote = {A method of making solar collectors by encapsulating photovoltaic cells within a base of an elongated solar collector wherein heat and pressure are applied to the cells in-situ, after an encapsulating material has been applied. A tool is fashioned having a bladder expandable under gas pressure, filling a region of the collector where the cells are mounted. At the same time, negative pressure is applied outside of the bladder, enhancing its expansion. The bladder presses against a platen which contacts the encapsulated cells, causing outgassing of the encapsulant, while heat cures the encapsulant. After curing, the bladder is deflated and the tool may be removed from the collector and base and reflective panels put into place, if not already there, thereby allowing the solar collector to be ready for use.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {10}
}

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