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Photovoltaic Devices with Textured TCO Layers, and Methods of Making TCO Stacks
13 Jan 22
According to the embodiments provided herein, a method for sputtering a TCO material onto a substrate includes process conditions that produce a textured topography at the interfaces of various layers.
Paulina Bourgeois, Robert Clark-Phelps, Qi Fang, Jing Guo, Gopal Mor, Rui Shao
Filed: 23 Sep 19
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Devices and methods for making polycrystalline alloys
28 Dec 21
A process for preparing alloy products is described using a self-sustaining or self-propagating SHS-type combustion process with point-source ignition, preferably a laser, in a pressurized vessel.
Shrinivas Govindarajan, Michael Latusek, Christopher Wagner, Feng Yan
Filed: 23 Mar 17
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Photovoltaic Devices and Method of Making
23 Dec 21
Embodiments of a photovoltaic device are provided herein.
Kristian William Andreini, Holly Ann Blaydes, Jongwoo Choi, Adam Fraser Halverson, Eugene Thomas Hinners, William Hullinger Huber, Yong Liang, Joseph John Shiang
Filed: 3 Sep 21
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Methods for group V doping of photovoltaic devices
14 Dec 21
According to the embodiments provided herein, a method for doping an absorber layer can include contacting the absorber layer with an annealing compound.
Sachit Grover, Dingyuan Lu, Roger Malik, Gang Xiong
Filed: 14 Jan 19
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Buffer Layers for Photovoltaic Devices with Group V Doping
2 Dec 21
According to the embodiments provided herein, a photovoltaic device can include a buffer layer adjacent to an absorber layer doped p-type with a group V dopant.
Le Chen, Sachit Grover, Jason Kephart, Sergei Kniajanski, Chungho Lee, Xiaoping Li, Feng Liao, Dingyuan Lu, Rajni Mallick, Wenming Wang, Gang Xiong, Wei Zhang
Filed: 23 Oct 19
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Methods and Systems for Use with Photovoltaic Devices
18 Nov 21
According to embodiments provided herein, the performance of photovoltaic device can be improved by rapidly heating an absorber layer of a device in open-circuit to a high temperature for a short period of time followed by rapid quenching.
Dmitry Krasikov, Sachit Grover, Igor Sankin
Filed: 13 May 21
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Photovoltaic devices and method of making
2 Nov 21
Embodiments of a photovoltaic device are provided herein.
Kristian William Andreini, Holly Ann Blaydes, Jongwoo Choi, Adam Fraser Halverson, Eugene Thomas Hinners, William Hullinger Huber, Yong Liang, Joseph John Shiang
Filed: 21 Jul 20
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Doped photovoltaic semiconductor layers and methods of making
26 Oct 21
Provided are structures and methods for doping polycrystalline thin film semiconductor materials in photovoltaic devices.
Sachit Grover, Stuart Irvine, Xiaoping Li, Roger Malik, Shahram Seyedmohammadi, Gang Xiong, Wei Zhang
Filed: 22 Feb 18
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Systems and Methods for Vaporization and Vapor Distribution
30 Sep 21
Distributor assemblies for vapor transport deposition systems, and methods of conducting vapor transport deposition, are described.
John Barden, Rick Powell, Aaron Roggelin, Nirav Vora
Filed: 9 Aug 19
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Photovoltaic Devices Including An Interfacial Layer
16 Sep 21
A photovoltaic cell can include an interfacial layer in contact with a semiconductor layer.
David Eaglesham, Peter V. Meyers
Filed: 1 Jun 21
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Photovoltaic Devices and Methods of Making
9 Sep 21
Photovoltaic devices, and methods of making the same, are described.
James Armour, Edmund Elce, Albert Mui, Allan Ward
Filed: 3 Mar 21
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Photovoltaic devices and method of making
7 Sep 21
Embodiments of a photovoltaic device are provided herein.
Kristian William Andreini, Holly Ann Blaydes, Jongwoo Choi, Adam Fraser Halverson, Eugene Thomas Hinners, William Hullinger Huber, Yong Liang, Joseph John Shiang
Filed: 21 Jul 20
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Fluid-assisted Thermal Management of Evaporation Sources
1 Jul 21
In various embodiments, evaporation sources for deposition systems are heated and/or cooled via a fluid-based thermal management system.
Markus Eberhard Beck, Ulrich Alexander Bonne, Robert G. Wendt
Filed: 23 Feb 21
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Doped Photovoltaic Semiconductor Layers and Methods of Making
13 May 21
Provided are structures and methods for doping polycrystalline thin film semiconductor materials in photovoltaic devices.
Sachit Grover, Stuart Irvine, Xiaoping Li, Roger Malik, Shahram Seyedmohammadi, Gang Xiong, Wei Zhang
Filed: 22 Feb 18
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Photovoltaic Devices Including Doped Semiconductor Films
25 Mar 21
A photovoltaic cell can include a dopant in contact with a semiconductor layer.
Anke Abken, Markus Gloeckler, Roger T. Green, Akhlesh Gupta, Upali Jayamaha, Peter Meyers, Rick C. Powell
Filed: 4 Dec 20
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Photovoltaic Devices with Narrow Scribes and Methods and Systems for Forming the Same
25 Mar 21
According to the embodiments provided herein, a method for scribing a layer stack of a photovoltaic device can include directing a laser scribing waveform to a film side of a layer stack.
Nikhil Bhandari, Charles Wickersham
Filed: 21 Feb 19
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Method and Apparatus for Operating a Photovoltaic Device
11 Mar 21
The efficiency of a photovoltaic device is enhanced by operating the device in a dark bias mode during a dark period, and in a power generation mode during a subsequent illuminated period.
Dmitry Krasikov
Filed: 4 Sep 20
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Annealing Materials and Methods for Annealing Photovoltaic Devices with Annealing Materials
11 Feb 21
A method for annealing an absorber layer is disclosed, the method including contacting a surface of the absorber layer with an annealing material provided as a gel.
Joshua Brubaker, Joan King, Benjamin Milliron, Jay Norman, Jason Robinson, John Tumbush
Filed: 12 Mar 19
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Methods for Group V Doping of Photovoltaic Devices
4 Feb 21
According to the embodiments provided herein, a method for doping an absorber layer can include contacting the absorber layer with an annealing compound.
Sachit Grover, Dingyuan Lu, Roger Malik, Gang Xiong
Filed: 14 Jan 19
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Photovoltaic devices and method of manufacturing
19 Jan 21
Disclosed are methods for the surface cleaning and passivation of PV absorbers, such as CdTe substrates usable in solar cells, and devices made by such methods.
Changming Jin, Sanghyun Lee, Jun-Ying Zhang
Filed: 26 Jul 19
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