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Metallization and interconnection for silicon heterojunction solar cells and modules

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By Matthieu Despeisse, Christophe Ballif, Antonin Faes & Agata Lachowicz, CSEM

Silicon heterojunction solar cells demonstrate key advantages of high conversion efficiency, maximum field performance and simplicity of processing. The dedicated materials, processes and technologies used for the metallization and interconnection of this type of cell are reviewed in this paper.

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