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PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MAKING

United States Patent Application

20120132277
A1
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An article, such as a solar cell or module, is presented. In one embodiment, the article includes a photovoltaically active region and a photovoltaically inactive region. A filler material is disposed in the inactive region; the filler material includes a reflective material configured to scatter at least 50% of light incident on the filler material. Another embodiment is an article that includes a photovoltaically active region and a photovoltaically inactive region. A filler material is disposed in the inactive region; the filler material includes a wavelength converting material. Other embodiments are described herein in which the filler material described above and disposed in the inactive region includes both the reflective material and the wavelength converting material.
Sulima, Oleg (Ballston Lake, NY), Tsakalakos, Loucas (Niskayuna, NY), Wei, Ching-Yeu (Niskayuna, NY), Srivastava, Alok Mani (Niskayuna, NY), Halverson, Adam Fraser (Albany, NY)
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (Schenectady NY)
12/ 956,811
November 30, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-EE0000568 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.