PVI Paper

State-of-the-art bifacial module technology

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email

By Dr. Hartmut Nussbaumer; Dr. Markus Klenk; Andreas Halm; Prof. Dr. Andreas Schneider

Bifacial PV promises a significant reduction in the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for PV systems, which, compared with efficiency improvements at the cell level, is still achievable with comparatively moderate effort. Almost all major PV module suppliers have bifacial modules in their product portfolios or have announced production. This paper gives an overview of the currently available bifacial modules and cell technologies and the performance of these modules. Special attention is given to the cells and the layout of the modules, including light trapping and interconnection technologies, the encapsulation materials and the adapted mounting solutions. Finally, an outlook is given on the basis of the compiled information.

L3dwLWNvbnRlbnQvdXBsb2Fkcy9sZWdhY3ktcHVibGljYXRpb24tcGRmcy9iMTFjMTg1NWQyLXN0YXRlb2Z0aGVhcnQtYmlmYWNpYWwtbW9kdWxlLXRlY2hub2xvZ3kucGRm

Published In

PVI Issue
Welcome to Photovoltaics International 41. An emerging theme in the industry further downstream is the growing variety of bankable PV modules. It’s a topic we’ll be picking up on 23-24 October at our PV ModuleTech conference in Penang, Malaysia. This issue of PVI captures the ongoing work to drive improvements across the full range of those technologies. From the exploration of next generation CIGs cells to the commercial improvements of PERC by Trina Solar, this edition neatly captures that variety. Fraunhofer ISE reviews the latest results from efforts to improve the texturing of diamond wire sawn wafers. Trina Solar presents a roadmap for PERC improvements that it claims could halve costs while pushing efficiencies to 24% in around seven years. ECN and imec explore the latest developments in integrated cell to module manufacturing approaches from the more familiar multi-busbar and multi-wire to shingling and woven fabric and foil-based module technologies for back contacted cells. Elsewhere, CSEM INES zooms in on a major limiting factor for silicon heterojunction cells, metallization. All the regular features including our news reviews and R&D spending report make a return, plus lots more. Following on from this bumper edition, PVI42 will be published in Spring 2019.

Read Next

PVI Paper
Cell Processing, Photovoltaics International Papers
This paper presents preliminary results of SERIS’ biPolyTM cell: the bifacial application of polysiliconbased passivating contact stacks with front and rear screen-printed and fired metallization.
PVI Paper
Cell Processing, Photovoltaics International Papers
This work reports the latest results obtained at Jolywood for full-area (251.99cm2) n-type bifacial passivating-contact solar cells using a cost-effective process with industrially-feasible boron diffusion, phosphorus ion implantation and low-pressure chemical vapour deposition (LPCVD) with in situ oxidation.
PVI Paper
Cell Processing, Photovoltaics International Papers
This paper reviews the key technology improvements which have enabled a continuous 0.5%abs/year increase in efficiency of industrial PERC and PERC+ cells.
PVI Paper
Photovoltaics International Papers, Thin Film
This paper provides a concise overview of existing c-Si-based 2-, 3- and 4-terminal tandem technologies, summarizes the current development status, and sets out the future roadmap. In addition, a discussion is included of what will be required over the coming years to bring these promising technologies to market, enabling commercial efficiencies above 30%.
PVI Paper
Photovoltaics International Papers, Thin Film
This paper discusses, at both the cell and the module level, the balance between the advantages and drawbacks of increasing the cell bifaciality from a typical value of 90% towards 100%, or decreasing it towards that of monofacial cells (0%).
PVI Paper
Photovoltaics International Papers, PV Modules
Because it leads to higher efficiencies than aluminium back-surface field (Al-BSF) cells, passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) technology is attracting more and more attention in the industry and gaining market share. However, PERC technology brings new challenges with regard to the phenomenon of degradation: some monofacial/bifacial PERC cell modules were found to demonstrate much higher power degradation than Al-BSF cell modules after damp-heat (DH: 85°C and 85% relative humidity RH, 1000h) and potential-induced degradation (PID: 85°C and 85% RH, –1,500V, 96h) tests, which will be the focus of this paper.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
March 9, 2021
Solar Media Events
March 17, 2021
Solar Media Events
April 13, 2021
Solar Media Events
April 20, 2021
Get 50% off!
Subscribe before 5th of April 2020!