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65-micron thin monocrystalline silicon solar cell technology allowing 12-fold reduction in silicon usage

Stocks, Matthew; Weber, K. J; Babaei, Jafar; Everett, V; Neuendorf, A; Kerr, Mark John; Verlinden, P.J; Blakers, Andrew

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Thin (<70 micron) single crystal silicon solar cells have been manufactured through the use of a novel process involving selective etching. Narrow grooves are micromachined through the wafer using a standard micromachining technique with cells manufactured on the resulting silicon strips. These bifacial cells have a much greater surface area than the original wafer, leading to dramatic decreases in processing effort and silicon usage. Individual cells fabricated using the new process have...[Show more]

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Type: Conference paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/40823

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