From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2018
A single layer polymeric backsheet material has been evaluated for use in silicon PV modules and as a luminescent solar collector. Physical and optical properties of the backsheet have been examined after damp heat, thermal cycling, and UV exposure for two different polymeric grades and three different pigment options including white, transparent, and photo-luminescent. As the importance of developing a white backsheet that is cost-effective, recyclable, and reliable is evident, the increased availability and use of bifacial cells is bound to increase the demand for transparent backsheets as well. In today’s market, the cost of a clear backsheet is significantly higher than a white backsheet which is motivation for research and development of new material options in this field. Results from these extensive tests reveal the need for continued research in white pigments and positive results in transparent and luminescent backsheet options.
Jessica Rosenthal, Glenn Alers, Ingrid Anderson, Peter Hacke, David Miller, and Kent Terwilliger, "Feasibility and reliability of a single layer polymeric PV backsheet in white, transparent, or luminescent concentrator options," Proc. SPIE 10759, New Concepts in Solar and Thermal Radiation Conversion and Reliability, 107590G (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 19, 2018; Published: 17 September 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2503348.
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