Scale-up and manufacturing expansion of low-cost amorphous silicon solar panels at EPV solar

Sijin Han, Kai W. Jansen, Mike Brazil, Richard Steiger, Scott French, Vince Lafelice, Anthony Varvar, Paul Fabiano, Dennis Stucky, Eric Malocsay, Alex Stavrides, Alan E. Delahoy

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Abstract

To meet the aggressive growth of the world-wide photovoltaic market of the past several years, EPV SOLAR has further developed its technology, reduced its manufacturing costs, and expanded its production capacity in the US and Europe. EPV SOLAR currently has three manufacturing plants, located in Lawrenceville and Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA, and Senftenberg, Brandenburg, Germany. With the introduction of the EPV SOLAR Generation VI Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) systems, the development of lowcost advanced sputtering systems, and the integration of improved support equipment, the two plants, in Robbinsville and Senftenberg, have ramped their installed capacity to 50 MW/yr; an order of magnitude higher capacity than previously attained. As a result of the development of new process and equipment technology, the rated power of EPV modules has increased from 42 W to 56 W, through an increase in substrate size from 0.79 m2 to 0.94 m2, the optimization of the a-Si device structure and deposition uniformity, implementing improved laser scribing processes, identifying and reducing the incidence of shunting, and incorporating a high reflectivity zinc oxide back reflector to enhance long wavelength quantum efficiency. Advanced diagnostics tools have been developed for improved process control, which have led to improved a-Si thickness uniformity and higher material stability. Development of infrared imaging techniques have proven their value in troubleshooting shunting problems and have led to improved module fabrication processes. Proprietary laser scribing processes have resulted in the development of unique building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
Pages1234-1239
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 7 2009Jun 12 2009

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Other

Other2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period6/7/096/12/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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