4. 1 PV Module Design, Manufacture, Performance and Reliability
HighLite, Industry, SHJ, IBC, H2020
Summary / Abstract:
The EU crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV manufacturing industry has faced strong foreign competition in the last decade. To strive in this competitive environment, the EU c-Si PV manufacturing industry needs to focus on highly performing c-Si PV technologies and on reducing environmental impact (lower CO2 footprint, improved sustainability, recyclability, etc.). In this work, we give an overview of the latest results achieved within the H2020 funded project called HighLite which addresses the work programme LC-SC3-RES-15-2019: Increase the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry. We report the progress made when implementing novel layers and processes in existing pilot-lines producing high-efficiency n-type silicon heterojunction (SHJ) cells with a shingle layout and interdigitated back-contact (IBC) cells with passivated contacts. In particular, we present the work done together with several industrial partners towards innovative production equipment for assembly of cut-cells into PV modules. Finally, we explain key learnings made so far when tailoring c-Si PV modules for various applications including building-applied PV (BAPV), building-integrated PV (BIPV) and vehicle-integrated PV (VIPV).