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New mounting improves solar-cell efficiencyMethod boosts output by about 20 percent by trapping and redirecting solar radiation without increasing module depth. Mounted solar-cell array is covered with internally reflecting plate. Plate is attached to each cell by transparent adhesive, and space between cells is covered with layer of diffusely reflecting material. Solar energy falling on space between cells is diffused and reflected internally by plate until it is reflected onto solar cell.
Document ID
19800000039
Document Type
Other - NASA Tech Brief
Authors
Shepard, N. F., Jr. (General Electric Co.)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1980
Publication Information
Publication: NASA Tech Briefs
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0145-319X
Subject Category
PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Report/Patent Number
NPO-14467
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.