Silicon-Film(TM) Solar Cells by a Flexible Manufacturing System: Final Report, 16 April 1998 -- 31 March 2001

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report

Abstract

This report describes the overall goal to engineer and develop flexible manufacturing methods and equipment to process Silicon-Film? solar cells and modules. Three major thrusts of this three-year effort were to: develop a new larger-area (208 mm x 208 mm) Silicon-Film? solar cell, the APx-8; construct and operate a new high-throughput wafer-making system; and develop a 15-MW single-threadmanufacturing process. Specific technical accomplishments from this period are: Increase solar cell area by 80%, increase the generation capacity of a Silicon-Film wafer-making system by 350%, use a new in-line HF etch system in solar cell production, design and develop an in-line NaOH etch system, eliminate cassettes in solar cell processing, and design a new family of module products.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages32
StatePublished - 2002

Bibliographical note

Work performed by AstroPower, Inc., Newark, Delaware

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-520-30881

Keywords

  • APX-8
  • in-line diffusion oxide etching
  • metallization
  • module junction box
  • PV
  • silicon films
  • single-thread manufacturing process
  • solar cell
  • wafer-making system

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