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ESPI solution for defect detection in crystalline photovoltaic cells
Author(s): Ching-Chung Yin; Tzu-Kuei Wen
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Paper Abstract

The yield of photovoltaic (PV) cells is often reduced by micro-defects in crystalline silicon substrates during fabrication. Common optical inspection for a thin crack in such a large silicon photovoltaic cell is extremely time-consuming and fails in efficiency. This study developed a method of using electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI) for rapidly testing for cracks in an entire field of PV cells. Thermally induced flexural cell deformation was measured by optical configuration for ESPI measurement of out-of-plane deformations. Experimental results indicate that the speckle patterns correlating with thermal deformation of cell enable simultaneous estimation of crack size and location in both single- and poly-crystalline PV cells. This nondestructive detection method has potential applications in PV cell sorting.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 November 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8321, Seventh International Symposium on Precision Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation, 832139 (15 November 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.905261
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Ching-Chung Yin, National Chiao Tung Univ. (Taiwan)
Tzu-Kuei Wen, National Chiao Tung Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8321:
Seventh International Symposium on Precision Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation
Kuang-Chao Fan; Man Song; Rong-Sheng Lu, Editor(s)

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