We present our work on the combination of thin film silicon solar cells and a commercial window shading device (MicroShadeTM, PhotoSolar) into a novel, glass integrated photovoltaic product for building integration. The development of amorphous silicon solar cells (a-Si:H) on the MicroShadeTM substrates was carried out following two simultaneous paths; First the deposition process for a-Si:H solar cells on this new perforated substrate was investigated and modified in order to achieve higher efficiency devices; Then the authors tackled adhesion and shunt issues that appeared on this new substrate. The deposition of solar cells on this semi-transparent structure was demonstrated to be feasible and we fabricated solar cells with an initial efficiency of 5.86% for a cell size of 450mm2.
|Title of host publication||Proceeding of the 24th EU PVSEC|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition - Hamburg, Germany|
Duration: 21 Sep 2009 → 25 Sep 2009
Conference number: 24
|Conference||24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition|
|Period||21/09/2009 → 25/09/2009|