As always we have a selection of technical papers from some of the industry’s leading minds. Radovan Kopecek and Joris Libal from ISC Konstanz tackle one of the biggest issues impeding the rollout of bifacial cell and modules, how to standardise their measurement. As long as there is no commercially available means to measure their gain, bifacial modules will struggle to improve their market penetration. The materials section includes an excellent paper from Fraunhofer THM examining the optimization of diamond wire sawing. The method is becoming increasingly predominant with some equipment manufacturers shelving their slurrybased tools. Here Fraunhofer assesses how to squeeze even more efficiency out of diamond wire saws. CSEM meanwhile explores the required metallization and interconnection process changes required to enable a production-scale shift to silicon heterojunction PV. Mark Osborne provides his latest capacity expansion report as upgrades to higher efficiency lines continue to drive planned investments.
Included Technical Papers
- Detailed power loss/gain characterization of PV modules with multi-busbar, half-cut cells and lightt
- Towards a high-throughput metallization for silicon solar cells using rotary-printing methods
- Complex problems require simple solutions: How to measure bifacial devices correctly?
- Metallization techniques and interconnection schemes for high efficiency silicon heterojunction PV
- PV manufacturing capacity expansion plan announcements: Analysis for the first half of 2017
- Epitaxial Si lift-off technology: Current status and challenges
- Progress and trends in CIGS and perovskite/CIGS PV
- Technologies driving the new 100GW annual PV solar world
- Optimization potential of the wire sawing process for multicrystalline silicon
- High-efficiency solar cells on n-type HP mc-Si
- R&D spending analysis of key PV module manufacturers in 2016