Thin-Film Filament-Based Solar Cells and Modules

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    This concept paper describes a patented, novel photovoltaic (PV) technology that is capable of achieving near-term commercialization and profitability based upon design features that maximize product performance while minimizing initial and future manufacturing costs. DayStar Technologies plans to exploit these features and introduce a product to the market based upon these differential positions. The technology combines the demonstrated performance and reliability of existing thin-film PV product with a cell and module geometry that cuts material usage by a factor of 5, and enhances performance and manufacturability relative to standard flat-plate designs. The target product introduction price is $1.50/Watt-peak (Wp). This is approximately one-half the cost of the presently available PVproduct. Additional features include: increased efficiency through low-level concentration, no scribe or grid loss, simple series interconnect, high voltage, light weight, high-throughput manufacturing, large area immediate demonstration, flexibility, modularity.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages8
    StatePublished - 1997
    EventFuture Generation Photovoltaic Technologies: First NREL Conference - Denver, Colorado
    Duration: 22 Mar 199726 Mar 1997


    ConferenceFuture Generation Photovoltaic Technologies: First NREL Conference
    CityDenver, Colorado

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-520-24471


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