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Thermal and optical performance of encapsulation systems for flat-plate photovoltaic modulesThe electrical power output from a photovoltaic module is strongly influenced by the thermal and optical characteristics of the module encapsulation system. Described are the methodology and computer model for performing fast and accurate thermal and optical evaluations of different encapsulation systems. The computer model is used to evaluate cell temperature, solar energy transmittance through the encapsulation system, and electric power output for operation in a terrestrial environment. Extensive results are presented for both superstrate-module and substrate-module design schemes which include different types of silicon cell materials, pottants, and antireflection coatings.
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Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Minning, C. P.
(Hughes Aircraft Co. Culver City, CA, United States)
Coakley, J. F.
(Hughes Aircraft Co. Culver City, CA, United States)
Perrygo, C. M.
(Hughes Aircraft Co. Culver City, CA, United States)
Garcia, A., III
(Spectrolab, Inc. Sylmar, CA, United States)
Cuddihy, E. F.
(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1981
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
Meeting Information
Photovoltaic Specialists Conference(Kissimmee, FL)
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