An optical comparison of silicone and EVA encapsulants for conventional silicon PV modules: A ray-tracing study

@article{McIntosh2009AnOC,
  title={An optical comparison of silicone and EVA encapsulants for conventional silicon PV modules: A ray-tracing study},
  author={Keith R. McIntosh and James N. Cotsell and John Richard Cumpston and Ann Marie Walstrom Norris and Nicholas E. Powell and Barry M. Ketola},
  journal={2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)},
  year={2009},
  pages={000544-000549}
}
Ray-trace simulation is used to quantify the optical losses of photovoltaic modules containing silicon cells. The simulations show that when the module's encapsulant is silicone rather than ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), the module's short-circuit current density under the AM1-5g spectrum is 0.7–1.1% higher for screen-printed multi-cSi cells, 0.5–1.2% higher for screen-printed mono-cSi cells, and 1.0–1.6% higher for high-efficiency rear-contact cells, depending on the type of silicone. This… CONTINUE READING

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