Module Technology: Current Practice and Issues (Presentation)

Devonie McCamey

    Research output: NRELPresentation


    PV modules must provide mechanical support for the cells, protect the world from the voltages inside, protect the cells, diodes and interconnects from the weather outside, couple as much light as possible into the PV cells and minimize the temperature increase of the cells. The package must continue to serve these functions for at least 25 years as that is the typical module warranty period today. Furthermore the package must do all this for as low a cost as possible since the key to large scale PV growth is a reduction in cost while retaining excellent module reliability and durability. This paper will review current module construction practices for both crystalline silicon and thin film PV with emphasis on explaining why the present designs and materials have been selected. Possiblelong term issues with today's designs and materials will be discussed. Several proposed solutions to these issues will be presented, highlighting the research efforts that will be necessary in order to verify that they can cost effectively solve the identified issues.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages24
    StatePublished - 2010

    Publication series

    NamePresented at the Photovoltaic Materials and Manufacturing Issues Conference, 5 October 2010, Denver, Colorado

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/PR-5200-49293


    • modules
    • photovoltaics (PV)


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