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1. (WO2018220593) COST EFFECTIVE FRAME DESIGN FOR THINNER WAFERS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/220593    International Application No.:    PCT/IB2018/053933
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Jun 02 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: H02S 30/10
Applicants: REC SOLAR PTE. LTD.
Inventors: DIESTA, Noel Gonzales
SRIDHARA, Shankar Gauri
Title: COST EFFECTIVE FRAME DESIGN FOR THINNER WAFERS
Abstract:
A slim solar module (1) is proposed. It comprises a solar laminate (3) comprising plural solar cells (9) interposed between front and rear cover sheets (13, 15), a frame (5) enclosing the solar laminate (3) and at least one reinforcement strut (7) arranged at a rear surface of the solar laminate (3). A ratio between a frame surface and a frame thickness shall be between 45000 and 70000. For example, the frame may have a thickness of less than 35 mm. Specifically, the frame may have a length of 1665 mm, a width of 991 mm and a thickness of 30 mm. Due to the reduced thickness, the solar module has a reduced volume being beneficial during transport to a destination location. However, the thickness has been optimized to, with the reinforcement struts, still providing for sufficient mechanical stability for the solar module.