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Characterization of encapsulant materials for photovoltaic solar energy conversion
Author(s): K. Agroui; B. Koll; G. Collins; M. Salama; A. Hadj Arab; A. Belghachi; N. Doulache; M. W. Khemici
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Paper Abstract

The polyvinyl butyral (PVB) encapsulant material is being evaluated as a candidate for use in photovoltaic solar cells encapsulation process due to high stability against UV radiation and the high adhesive force to glass. This material is used for a long time in automotive technology, building integrated vitrification and security glazing. The long experience in this sector can direct be carried over to the photovoltaic industry. The purpose of this experimental investigation is to better understand the electrical properties and thermal stability of PVB based encapsulant material and their dependence on temperature will be presented. An overview of some main electrical and thermal properties of PVB is compared to EVA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7048, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems, 70480G (10 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.794012
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K. Agroui, Unite de Developpement de la technologie du Silicium (Algeria)
B. Koll, Kuraray Specialities Europe GmbH (Germany)
G. Collins, Medical Device Lab. Conception (United States)
M. Salama, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
A. Hadj Arab, Ctr. de Developpement des energies renouvelables (Algeria)
A. Belghachi, Ctr. Universitaire de Bechar (Algeria)
N. Doulache, Univ. des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene (Algeria)
M. W. Khemici, Univ. des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene (Algeria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7048:
Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems
Neelkanth G. Dhere, Editor(s)

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