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Title:
 
Systematic Experimental Evaluation of Encapsulation Loss and Gain in PV Modules
 
Author(s):
 
W. Mühleisen, L. Neumaier, A. Kogler, A. Plösch, M. Pedevilla, J. Scheurer, R. Messmer, C. Hirschl
 
Keywords:
 
Encapsulation, Power Loss, Anti-Reflection, Power Gain, Output
 
Topic:
 
COMPONENTS FOR PV SYSTEMS
Subtopic: PV Modules
Event: 28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 4AV.5.3
 
Pages:
 
3180 - 3183
ISBN: 3-936338-33-7
Paper DOI: 10.4229/28thEUPVSEC2013-4AV.5.3
 
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Document(s): paper, poster
 

Abstract/Summary:


Aiming at obtaining reliable values on power loss and gain in PV modules, this work systematically investigated the effective impact of both established PV technologies and newly suggested improvements in a number of different combinations. Using different measurement approaches, this systematic investigation was first done using single-cell mini-modules. Referencing against the power generated by the respective cell alone, the effects of the various manufacturing stages were analysed. The different PV module components - PV cell, ribbon, encapsulation material, glass and backsheet – were varied, including new approaches like light capturing glued ribbons (LCR™) and antireflection coated glasses. The results then were compared to full 60-cell modules, to both validate the results of the mini-module series and evaluate the effect of a multi-cell vs. a single-cell arrangement. Additionally the results were measured against plausibility calculations.