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Low-cost encapsulation materials for terrestrial solar cell modulesThe paper presents the findings of material surveys intended to identify low cost materials which could be functional as encapsulants (by 1986) for terrestrial solar cell modules. Economic analyses have indicated that in order to meet the low cost goal of $2.70 per sq m, some or all of the following material technologies must be developed or advanced: (1) UV screening outer covers; (2) elastomeric acrylics; (3) weatherproofing and waterproofing of structural wood and paper products; (4) transparent UV stabilizers for the UV-sensitive transparent pottants; and (5) cost-effective utilization of silicone and fluorocarbon materials.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Cuddihy, E. F.
(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Calif., United States)
Baum, B.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Willis, P.
(Springborn Laboratories, Inc. Enfield, Conn., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
Publication Information
Publication: Solar Energy
Volume: 22
Issue: 4, 19
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
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