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Industrial implementation of bifacial PERC+ solar cells and modules

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By Dr. Thorsten Dullweber, leads the industrial solar cells R&D group at Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH); Henning Schulte-Huxel, ISFH; Susanne Blankemeyer, ISFH; Dr. Helge Hannebauer, ISFH; Sabrina Schimanke, ISFH; Ulrike Baumann, ISFH; Robert Witteck, ISFH; Dr. Robby Peibst, ISFH; Dr. Marc Köntges, ISFH; Rolf Brendel, is the scientific director of ISFH

Since its first publication in 2015, the PERC+ cell concept, which is based on a passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) design with a screen-printed Al finger grid on the rear, has been rapidly adopted by several solar cell manufacturers worldwide.

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Welcome to the 38th edition of Photovoltaics International. There is every sign that 2018 is going to be a huge year for the industry as manufacturers continue investing in new tools and technologies. We will doubtless see many of the innovations whose evolution has been documented in these pages becoming increasingly mainstream. Sticking with bifacial solar, Fraunhofer ISE takes a wide-ranging look at a number of challenges surrounding the technology’s leap to widespread deployment. The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and Meyer Burger Technology AG present a novel bifacial module architecture. The University of New South Wales, Trina Solar and BT Imaging give a suggestion for predicting the variation in multicrystalline cell performance by measuring the bulk lifetime of ingots. We also have a look at PV recycling and lifecycle management from First Solar, PI Berlin’s assessment of PID issues in thin-film solar and TongWei presents a roadmap for PERC cells with 22% efficiency.

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