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Bypass diode for a solar cell

United States Patent

March 13, 2012
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Bypass diodes for solar cells are described. In one embodiment, a bypass diode for a solar cell includes a substrate of the solar cell. A first conductive region is disposed above the substrate, the first conductive region of a first conductivity type. A second conductive region is disposed on the first conductive region, the second conductive region of a second conductivity type opposite the first conductivity type.
Rim; Seung Bum (Palo Alto, CA), Kim; Taeseok (San Jose, CA), Smith; David D. (Campbell, CA), Cousins; Peter J. (Menlo Park, CA)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
12/ 967,976
December 14, 2010
The invention described herein was made with Governmental support under contract number DE-FC36-07GO17043 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government may have certain rights in the invention.