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Title: Laminated photovoltaic modules using back-contact solar cells

Photovoltaic modules which comprise back-contact solar cells, such as back-contact crystalline silicon solar cells, positioned atop electrically conductive circuit elements affixed to a planar support so that a circuit capable of generating electric power is created. The modules are encapsulated using encapsulant materials such as EVA which are commonly used in photovoltaic module manufacture. The module designs allow multiple cells to be electrically connected in a single encapsulation step rather than by sequential soldering which characterizes the currently used commercial practices.
Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. (Albuquerque, NM)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
872513
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation () SNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5951786
Application Number:
08/994071
Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Research Org:
SANDIA CORP
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
laminated; photovoltaic; modules; back-contact; solar; cells; comprise; crystalline; silicon; positioned; atop; electrically; conductive; circuit; elements; affixed; planar; support; capable; generating; electric; power; created; encapsulated; encapsulant; materials; eva; commonly; module; manufacture; designs; allow; multiple; connected; single; encapsulation; step; sequential; soldering; characterizes; currently; commercial; practices; generating electric; photovoltaic modules; photovoltaic module; electric power; solar cell; electrically conductive; solar cells; silicon solar; electrically connected; crystalline silicon; circuit elements; circuit element; back-contact solar; allow multiple; positioned atop; multiple cells; module designs; elements affixed; multiple cell; top electrical; atop electrically; conductive circuit; /136/