A 10 MWp a-Si:H module processing line

J. Macnell, A. E. Delahoy, F. Kampas, E. Eser, A. Varvar, F. Ellis

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Abstract

A semiautomatic amorphous-silicon-based photovoltaic module production line that can process 10 MWp of 50-Wp (stabilized) modules per year is described. The Eureka manufacturing process offers the opportunity to manufacture monolithic a-Si:H-based photovoltaic modules with direct costs of under $1/W, even with relatively low stabilized module efficiencies of 4-5%. Recent accomplishments, including a 74.4-Wp monolithic amorphous silicon module, are presented. The significance of this development in the context of low-cost photovoltaic modules for utility-scale applications is discussed, and a 400-kW AC power station consisting of 9600 modules for the PVUSA (Photovoltaics for Utility Scale Applications) project is described. The array field consists of the following: ten modules wired in series to make a panel, 240 panels connected in parallel to one of the units of the inverter, and four power units total in the array.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1501-1505
Number of pages5
JournalConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Volume2
StatePublished - May 1 1990
EventTwenty First IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - 1990 Part 2 (of 2) - Kissimimee, FL, USA
Duration: May 21 1990May 25 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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