Reinforcing Structures For Thin-film Photovoltaic Device Substrates, And Associated Methods

  • Published: Jul 24, 2008
  • Earliest Priority: Apr 18 2006
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In an embodiment, one reinforced substrate for use in a photovoltaic device includes a polymer base material and a reinforcing structure bonded with the base material. The reinforced substrate presents a surface in a condition that is made-ready for deposition of thin film layers of the photovoltaic device. A thin film photovoltaic device includes the reinforced substrate, a back contact layer formed on the surface of the reinforced substrate, and a solar absorber layer formed on the back contact layer. A plurality of thin film photovoltaic devices may be formed on a common reinforced substrate. A process of producing a reinforced substrate includes combining a fluid base material and a fiber reinforcing structure to form an impregnated fiber reinforcement. The impregnated fiber reinforcement is cured to form the reinforced substrate, and the reinforced substrate is annealed.

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  • Publication: Jul 24, 2008
  • Application: Apr 18, 2007
    WO US 2007/0066902 W
  • Priority: Apr 18, 2006
    US US 79285206 P
  • Priority: Apr 18, 2006
    US US 79287106 P
  • Priority: Apr 18, 2006
    US US 79277006 P

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