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System and Method for High Yield Deposition of Conductive Materials onto Solar Cells

United States Patent Application

20110277823
A1
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A system for reducing damage to solar cells during a process for depositing a conductive material on a solar cell is disclosed where an electrical bias or floating potential is applied to the solar cell; and/or an electrical bias is applied to an external electrode(s) so that charged particles of a certain type are redirected away from the solar cells, avoiding the creation of a sufficiently high reverse bias on the solar cell to breakdown the cell.
Fan, Qi Hua (Ann Arbor, MI), Deng, Michael (Sylvania, OH), Liao, Xianbo (Toledo, OH), Deng, Xunming (Sylvania, OH)
MWOE SOLAR, INC. (Toledo OH), UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO (Toledo OH)
12/ 993,350
May 19, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH [0002] This invention was made with government support under Grant No. 586077 awarded by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The government has certain rights in the invention.