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A quantitative method for photovoltaic encapsulation system optimizationIt is pointed out that the design of encapsulation systems for flat plate photovoltaic modules requires the fulfillment of conflicting design requirements. An investigation was conducted with the objective to find an approach which will make it possible to determine a system with optimum characteristics. The results of the thermal, optical, structural, and electrical isolation analyses performed in the investigation indicate the major factors in the design of terrestrial photovoltaic modules. For defect-free materials, minimum encapsulation thicknesses are determined primarily by structural considerations. Cell temperature is not strongly affected by encapsulant thickness or thermal conductivity. The emissivity of module surfaces exerts a significant influence on cell temperature. Encapsulants should be elastomeric, and ribs are required on substrate modules. Aluminum is unsuitable as a substrate material. Antireflection coating is required on cell surfaces.
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Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Garcia, A., III
(Spectrolab, Inc. Sylmar, CA, United States)
Minning, C. P.
(Hughes Aircraft Co. Culver City, CA, United States)
Cuddihy, E. F.
(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1981
Subject Category
Chemistry And Materials (General)
Meeting Information
National Symposium and Exhibition Material and process applications - Land, sea, air, space(Los Angeles, CA)
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