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Thermal Conducting Materials for Solar Panel Components

United States Patent Application

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This invention relates to solar panels with improved encapsulants and back sheets for greater power output and/or increased efficiency by using materials with higher thermal conductivity than conventional solar panels. According to certain embodiments the improved materials include fillers while maintaining sufficient dielectric properties. According to certain other embodiments, the invention includes a solar panel with the improved encapsulant between solar cells and the improved back sheet. The invention also includes a method of making a solar panel including the improved materials. The invention also includes solar modules and methods related to encapsulants and the back sheets including filler materials with an enhanced particle size distribution, a brightening agent, or an infrared extinguisher.
Xia, Zhiyong (Rockville, MD), Wohlgemuth, John H. (Ijamsville, MD), Cunningham, Daniel W. (Mount Airy, MD)
BP Corporation North America Inc. (Warrenville IL)
12/ 578,060
October 13, 2009
[0002] This invention was made with U.S. Government support under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC36-07G017049 under prime contract with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain right in this invention.