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Photovoltaic sub-cell interconnects

United States Patent

9,647,158
May 9, 2017
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Novel Printed Interconnects for Increased Efficiency of Monolithic Thin Film Photovoltaic Modules
Photovoltaic sub-cell interconnect systems and methods are provided. In one embodiment, a photovoltaic device comprises a thin film stack of layers deposited upon a substrate, wherein the thin film stack layers are subdivided into a plurality of sub-cells interconnected in series by a plurality of electrical interconnection structures; and wherein the plurality of electrical interconnection structures each comprise no more than two scribes that penetrate into the thin film stack layers.
van Hest; Marinus Franciscus Antonius Maria (Lakewood, CO), Swinger Platt; Heather Anne (Golden, CO)
Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO)
14/ 283,349
20140345673
May 21, 2014
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the manager and operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.