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United States Patent Application

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Electroplating of aluminum may be utilized to form electrodes for solar cells. In contrast to expensive silver electrodes, aluminum allows for reduced cell cost and addresses the problem of material scarcity. In contrast to copper electrodes which typically require barrier layers, aluminum allows for simplified cell structures and fabrication steps. In the solar cells, point contacts may be utilized in the backside electrodes for increased efficiency. Solar cells formed in accordance with the present disclosure enable large-scale and cost-effective deployment of solar photovoltaic systems.
Tao, Meng (Fountain Hills, AZ), Sun, Wen-Cheng (Tempe, AZ), Han, Xiaofei (Tempe, AZ)
15/ 079,359
March 24, 2016
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under grant number DE-EE-0005322 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.