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Title: Series interconnected photovoltaic cells and method for making same

A novel photovoltaic module and method for constructing the same are disclosed. The module includes a plurality of photovoltaic cells formed on a substrate and laterally separated by interconnection regions. Each cell includes a bottom electrode, a photoactive layer and a top electrode layer. Adjacent cells are connected in electrical series by way of a conductive-buffer line. The buffer line is also useful in protecting the bottom electrode against severing during downstream layer cutting processes. 11 figs.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6892444
Assignee:
Photon Energy Inc., Golden, CO (United States) NREL; EDB-95-034966
Patent Number(s):
US 5385614; A
Application Number:
PPN: US 8-058653
Contract Number:
AC02-83CH10093
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 6 May 1993
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO; Midwest Research Institute
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; DESIGN; FABRICATION; CONNECTORS; EQUIPMENT PROTECTION DEVICES; LAYERS; SUBSTRATES; CONDUCTOR DEVICES; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT; EQUIPMENT; PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS 140501* -- Solar Energy Conversion-- Photovoltaic Conversion

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