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AiSoVol Project: a Photovoltaic Generation Solution as an Alternative Construction Material
A.B. Cueli, J. Bengoechea, A. Murillo, M.J. Rodriguez, A.R. Lagunas, C. Montes, A. Linares, E. Llarena, O. González, D. Molina, A. Pío, L. Ocaña, C. Quinto, M. Friend, M. Cendagorta
Encapsulation, Polymer Film, BIPV, Polycarbonate
New Materials and Concepts for Solar Cells and Modules
Subtopic: New Materials and Concepts for Modules
Event: 32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 1BV.5.47
196 - 199
ISBN: 3-936338-41-8
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20162016-1BV.5.47
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AiSoVol project consists on the development, manufacturing and testing in a controlled environment of a new concept of photovoltaic modules, conceived for facilitating their use as architectural elements. Thus, the modules will be fabricated by encapsulating its constituent electrical elements (cells and interconnections) with lamination techniques at low curing temperatures and using transparent thermoplastic instead of tempered glass, as well as binding materials structurally strengthened by a grid made of high-tenacity yarns, such as the ones used in sail technologies and thus avoiding the need for aluminum frames. This type of solution will provide, due to the nature of the constituent materials, lighter PV modules which can adapt easier to different surfaces. In this paper the methodology followed to define a suitable lamination process compatible to obtain reliable AiSoVol photovoltaic modules is described. Results achieved from materials and processes validation will pave the way for manufacturing the prototypes in next project phase.