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Induction soldering of photovoltaic system components

United States Patent

November 17, 2015
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A method comprises positioning a pair of photovoltaic wafers in a side-by-side arrangement. An interconnect is placed on the pair of wafers such that the interconnect overlaps both wafers of the pair, solder material being provided between the interconnect and the respective wafers. A solder head is then located adjacent the interconnect, and the coil is energized to effect inductive heating of the solder material. The solder head comprises an induction coil shaped to define an eye, and a magnetic field concentrator located at least partially in the eye of the coil. The magnetic field concentrator defines a passage extending axially through the eye of the coil, and may be of a material with a high magnetic permeability.
Kumaria; Shashwat (Sunnyvale, CA), de Leon; Briccio (San Pablo, PH)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
12/ 558,095
September 11, 2009
GOVERNMENT FUNDING The invention described herein was made with Governmental support under contract number DE-FC36-07G017043 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government may have certain rights in the invention.