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The influence of laminate design on cell degradation

: Peike, C.; Hoffmann, S.; Dürr, I.; Weiß, K.-A.; Koehl, M.

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Energy Procedia 38 (2013), S.516-522
ISSN: 1876-6102
International Conference on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics (SiliconPV) <3, 2013, Hameln>
Konferenzbeitrag, Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
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In this study, the influence of the PV laminate design on the silicon cell degradation was investigated. Laminates consisting of two different kinds of encapsulation (EVA and PVB) and three different back-sheet materials (TAPT, PA and a TPT foils) were manufactured. Standard cells with a two and three bus bar design were used as well as MWT cells. The laminates were subjected to a UV, heat and damp-heat aging tests. The degradation of the cell metallization was investigated by means of electroluminescence imaging, the degree of polymeric aging was determined by Raman spectroscopy. Special attention was paid to the spatial distribution of corrosion effects on the cell. A severe influence of the solar cell type, i.e. the metallization paste, could be shown. Furthermore, a strong dependence of the degree of metallization degradation on the type of back-sheet material was found. An extensive UV aging for up to 180 kWh appeared to have no influence on the metallization corrosion.