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Reflective photovoltaics

United States Patent

9,911,871
March 6, 2018
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A photovoltaic module includes colorized reflective photovoltaic cells that act as pixels. The colorized reflective photovoltaic cells are arranged so that reflections from the photovoltaic cells or pixels visually combine into an image on the photovoltaic module. The colorized photovoltaic cell or pixel is composed of a set of 100 to 256 base color sub-pixel reflective segments or sub-pixels. The color of each pixel is determined by the combination of base color sub-pixels forming the pixel. As a result, each pixel can have a wide variety of colors using a set of base colors, which are created, from sub-pixel reflective segments having standard film thicknesses.
Lentine; Anthony L. (Albuquerque, NM), Nielson; Gregory N. (Lehi, UT), Cruz-Campa; Jose Luis (Albuquerque, NM), Okandan; Murat (Edgewood, NM), Goeke; Ronald S. (Albuquerque, NM)
National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (Albuquerque, NM)
14/ 747,196
June 23, 2015
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.