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Title: Moldable photovoltaic solar cell module

Abstract

A method is provided for making a molded photovoltaic module. The module includes a flexible polymeric flex-circuit substrate having an electrically conductive printed wiring pattern and solder pads defined on it. Small photovoltaic cells are affixed to the flex-circuit substrate by back-surface contacts in electrical contact with the solder pads. At least one thermoformable polymeric film is joined to the flex-circuit substrate. Each said solder pad comprises a solder composition that, after an initial melt, has a melting point that lies above at least a portion of the temperature range for thermoforming the polymeric film.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1568124
Patent Number(s):
10,243,095
Application Number:
16/040,190
Assignee:
National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (Albuquerque, NM)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 07/19/2018
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Nelson, Jeffrey S., Hibbs, Michael, Nielson, Gregory N., Okandan, Murat, Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis, Resnick, Paul J., Sanchez, Carlos Anthony, Gupta, Vipin P., and Clews, Peggy J. Moldable photovoltaic solar cell module. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Nelson, Jeffrey S., Hibbs, Michael, Nielson, Gregory N., Okandan, Murat, Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis, Resnick, Paul J., Sanchez, Carlos Anthony, Gupta, Vipin P., & Clews, Peggy J. Moldable photovoltaic solar cell module. United States.
Nelson, Jeffrey S., Hibbs, Michael, Nielson, Gregory N., Okandan, Murat, Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis, Resnick, Paul J., Sanchez, Carlos Anthony, Gupta, Vipin P., and Clews, Peggy J. Tue . "Moldable photovoltaic solar cell module". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1568124.
@article{osti_1568124,
title = {Moldable photovoltaic solar cell module},
author = {Nelson, Jeffrey S. and Hibbs, Michael and Nielson, Gregory N. and Okandan, Murat and Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis and Resnick, Paul J. and Sanchez, Carlos Anthony and Gupta, Vipin P. and Clews, Peggy J.},
abstractNote = {A method is provided for making a molded photovoltaic module. The module includes a flexible polymeric flex-circuit substrate having an electrically conductive printed wiring pattern and solder pads defined on it. Small photovoltaic cells are affixed to the flex-circuit substrate by back-surface contacts in electrical contact with the solder pads. At least one thermoformable polymeric film is joined to the flex-circuit substrate. Each said solder pad comprises a solder composition that, after an initial melt, has a melting point that lies above at least a portion of the temperature range for thermoforming the polymeric film.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {3}
}

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