Cast Polycrystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Module Manufacturing Technology Improvements: Semiannual Technical Report, 1 January 1996 - 30 June 1996

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report

Abstract

Two specific objectives of Solarex's program are to reduce the manufacturing cost for polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic modules to less than $1.20/watt and to increase the manufacturing capacity by a factor of three. This report highlights accomplishments during the period of January 1 through June 30, 1996. Accomplishments include: began the conversion of production casting stations toincrease ingot size; operated the wire saw in a production mode with higher yields and lower costs than achieved on the ID saws; developed and qualified a new wire guide coating material that doubles the wire guide lifetime and produces significantly less scatter in wafer thickness; completed a third pilot run of the cost-effective Al paste back-surface-field (BSF) process, verifying a 5%increase in cell efficiency and demonstrating the ability to process and handle the BSF paste cells; completed environmental qualification of modules using cells produced by an all-print metallization process; optimized the design of the 15.2-cm by 15.2-cm polycrystalline silicon solar cells; demonstrated the application of a high-efficiency process in making 15.2-cm by 15.2-cm solar cells;demonstrated that cell efficiency increases with decreasing wafer thickness for the Al paste BSF cells; qualified a vendor-supplied Tedlar/ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) laminate to replace the combination of separate sheets of EVA and Tedlar backsheet; demonstrated the operation of a prototype unit to trim/lead attach/test modules; and demonstrated the operation of a wafer pull-down system forcassetting wet wafers.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages42
StatePublished - 1997

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Solarex, A Business Unit of Amoco/Enron Solar, Frederick, Maryland

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-520-22503

Keywords

  • frameless module
  • photovoltaics (PV)
  • polycrystalline silicon
  • PVMAT

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