Modeling and Testing of Advanced Module Design

Cracking in solar cells is known to cause severe power loss in modules. In this project, Modeling and Testing of Advanced Module Design, UCF researchers use modeling to investigate solar photovoltaic module designs that minimize stress/strain on encapsulated cells.

Improved solar module design allows for less crack propagation in the field, potentially enabling thinner wafers in modules. In turn, thinner wafers translates to less silicon consumed per module. Therefore, allowing for a reduction in cost.

UCF researchers experimentally demonstrate the improved design using the LoadSpot tool and accelerated module degradation.

Years of Research: 2017–Present

Sponsored by: U.S. Department of Energy

Isometric view of module design

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