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Industrialisation of Apollon Solar's Nice Module Technology
E. Saint-Sernin, R. Einhaus, K. Bamberg, P. Panno
Encapsulation, MotherPV Method, Sealing Quality
Components for PV Systems
Subtopic: PV Modules
Event: 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, 1-5 September 2008, Valencia, Spain
Session: 4AV.3.15
2825 - 2828
ISBN: 3-936338-24-8
Paper DOI: 10.4229/23rdEUPVSEC2008-4AV.3.15
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APOLLONSOLAR’s NICE (New Industrial Solar Cell Encapsulation) technology makes use of an air and humidity tight sealing technology known from the insulating glass industry and based on the application of an organic sealing material from the family of poly-isobutylene (PIB). Important features of the NICE technology are the absence of EVA lamination and the use of an underpressure inside the module to provide the electrical series connexion between solar cell contact lines and metal interconnectors, thus suppressing the soldering of metal interconnectors to the solar cell busbars, which is the most widely used technology today. Other important features include a specially developed metal foil that is used as for the metal rear surface and new external connector which is integrated in the edge-sealing of the module. From a production point of view, the NICE module technology presents a largely simplify module assembling technology since it allows for a complete inline operation which can be fully automated. This paper presents first results obtained with the new NICE pilot production line, realised by VINCENT INDUSTRIES. The pilot line incorporates all necessary automated production stations without the automatic loading and sorting.