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Title: Development of Automated Production Line Processes for Solar Brightfield Modules: Final Annual Technical Progress Report, 1 July 2004 -- 15 October 2005

Abstract

Spire Corporation is addressing the Photovoltaic Manufacturing R&D project goals of improving photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing processes and products while reducing costs and providing a technology foundation that supports significant manufacturing scale-up. To accomplish this, we are focusing our efforts on the design of a large-area utility-scale module and the development of the necessary manufacturing techniques and equipment to manufacture such a module in a high-volume production environment. A three-phase program is under way for developing and demonstrating new automated systems for fabricating very large PV modules ideal for use in multi-megawatt grid-connected applications. We designed a large-area (1.57 m x 3.68 m) 800-W module, and we are developing associated module production equipment that will minimize the total installed system cost for utility-scale PV arrays. Activities in Phase 2 focused on the development of automation for module materials lay-up, cell string busing, and module lamination; enhancements to the cell stringing and lamination processes; and performance testing of large-area modules.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
890097
Report Number(s):
NREL/SR-520-40406
ZDO-3-30628-12; TRN: US200620%%214
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Work performed by Spire Corporation, Bedford, Massachusetts
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 42 ENGINEERING; AUTOMATION; DESIGN; FOCUSING; MANUFACTURING; PERFORMANCE TESTING; PRODUCTION; PV; AUTOMATED PRODUCTION LINE PROCESSES; MODULES; LARGE AREA; UTILITY-SCALE; HIGH-VOLUME; CELL STRING BUSING; LAMINATION; SCALE-UP; Solar Energy - Photovoltaics

Citation Formats

Nowlan, M. J., Murach, J. M., Sutherland, S. F., Miller, D. C., Moore S. B., and Hogan, S. J. Development of Automated Production Line Processes for Solar Brightfield Modules: Final Annual Technical Progress Report, 1 July 2004 -- 15 October 2005. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.2172/890097.
Nowlan, M. J., Murach, J. M., Sutherland, S. F., Miller, D. C., Moore S. B., & Hogan, S. J. Development of Automated Production Line Processes for Solar Brightfield Modules: Final Annual Technical Progress Report, 1 July 2004 -- 15 October 2005. United States. doi:10.2172/890097.
Nowlan, M. J., Murach, J. M., Sutherland, S. F., Miller, D. C., Moore S. B., and Hogan, S. J. Tue . "Development of Automated Production Line Processes for Solar Brightfield Modules: Final Annual Technical Progress Report, 1 July 2004 -- 15 October 2005". United States. doi:10.2172/890097. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/890097.
@article{osti_890097,
title = {Development of Automated Production Line Processes for Solar Brightfield Modules: Final Annual Technical Progress Report, 1 July 2004 -- 15 October 2005},
author = {Nowlan, M. J. and Murach, J. M. and Sutherland, S. F. and Miller, D. C. and Moore S. B. and Hogan, S. J.},
abstractNote = {Spire Corporation is addressing the Photovoltaic Manufacturing R&D project goals of improving photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing processes and products while reducing costs and providing a technology foundation that supports significant manufacturing scale-up. To accomplish this, we are focusing our efforts on the design of a large-area utility-scale module and the development of the necessary manufacturing techniques and equipment to manufacture such a module in a high-volume production environment. A three-phase program is under way for developing and demonstrating new automated systems for fabricating very large PV modules ideal for use in multi-megawatt grid-connected applications. We designed a large-area (1.57 m x 3.68 m) 800-W module, and we are developing associated module production equipment that will minimize the total installed system cost for utility-scale PV arrays. Activities in Phase 2 focused on the development of automation for module materials lay-up, cell string busing, and module lamination; enhancements to the cell stringing and lamination processes; and performance testing of large-area modules.},
doi = {10.2172/890097},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2006},
month = {Tue Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2006}
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