Improved thermal control for a-Si:H photovoltaic cells fabricated on polymeric substrates

J. R. Huang, Y. Lee, C. M.C. Toporow, G. J. Vendura, Thomas Nelson Jackson, C. R. Wronski

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The fabrication of a-Si:H photovoltaic (PV) cells on polyimide or other flexible polymeric substrates presents significant challenges compared to cells fabricated on metallized glass or metal substrates. In particular, the low thermal conductivity of polyimide materials, and the difficulty of maintaining flatness, make substrate thermal control problematic. We report here a cell fabrication process on a 2 mil thick polyimide substrate using a pressure-sensitive silicone adhesive to provide thermal contact and to control substrate warping. Results are directly compared with cells similarly fabricated but on conventional substrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-702
Number of pages4
JournalConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 IEEE 26th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Sep 29 1997Oct 3 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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