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Title: Thin film photovoltaic device and process of manufacture

Abstract

Provided is a thin film photovoltaic device and a method of manufacturing the device. The thin film photovoltaic device comprises a film layer having particles which are smaller than about 30 microns in size held in an electrically insulating matrix material to reduce the potential for electrical shorting through the film layer. The film layer may be provided by depositing preformed particles onto a surrogate substrate and binding the particles in a film-forming matrix material to form a flexible sheet with the film layer. The flexible sheet may be separated from the surrogate substrate and cut into flexible strips. A plurality of the flexible strips may be located adjacent to and supported by a common supporting substrate to form a photovoltaic module having a plurality of electrically interconnected photovoltaic cells.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Lakewood, CO
  2. El Paso, TX
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, MO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
872135
Patent Number(s):
5868869
Application Number:
08/946,365
Assignee:
Photon Energy, Inc. (Golden, CO)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H01 - BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS H01L - SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-83CH10093
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
film; photovoltaic; device; process; manufacture; provided; method; manufacturing; comprises; layer; particles; 30; microns; size; held; electrically; insulating; matrix; material; reduce; potential; electrical; shorting; depositing; preformed; surrogate; substrate; binding; film-forming; form; flexible; sheet; separated; cut; strips; plurality; located; adjacent; supported; common; supporting; module; interconnected; cells; flexible strips; flexible sheet; electrically interconnected; photovoltaic module; photovoltaic cells; matrix material; electrically insulating; device comprises; photovoltaic device; film photovoltaic; film layer; photovoltaic cell; located adjacent; interconnected photovoltaic; common support; electrical shorting; supporting substrate; /136/

Citation Formats

Albright, Scot P, and Chamberlin, Rhodes. Thin film photovoltaic device and process of manufacture. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
Albright, Scot P, & Chamberlin, Rhodes. Thin film photovoltaic device and process of manufacture. United States.
Albright, Scot P, and Chamberlin, Rhodes. Tue . "Thin film photovoltaic device and process of manufacture". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/872135.
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title = {Thin film photovoltaic device and process of manufacture},
author = {Albright, Scot P and Chamberlin, Rhodes},
abstractNote = {Provided is a thin film photovoltaic device and a method of manufacturing the device. The thin film photovoltaic device comprises a film layer having particles which are smaller than about 30 microns in size held in an electrically insulating matrix material to reduce the potential for electrical shorting through the film layer. The film layer may be provided by depositing preformed particles onto a surrogate substrate and binding the particles in a film-forming matrix material to form a flexible sheet with the film layer. The flexible sheet may be separated from the surrogate substrate and cut into flexible strips. A plurality of the flexible strips may be located adjacent to and supported by a common supporting substrate to form a photovoltaic module having a plurality of electrically interconnected photovoltaic cells.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1999},
month = {2}
}

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