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Methods for curing anti-reflective coatings on solar glass

Methods of curing anti-reflective coatings, and photovoltaic modules produced using the methods, are described. The methods can include liquid metal curing, plasma curing, air knife curing, and flame curing.. ... First Solar Inc

Photovoltaic devices including an interfacial layer

A photovoltaic cell can include an interfacial layer in contact with a semiconductor layer.. . ... First Solar Inc

Photovoltaic device and methods of forming the same

Methods and devices are described for a photovoltaic device. The photovoltaic device includes a glass substrate, a semiconductor absorber layer formed over the glass substrate, a metal back contact layer formed over the semiconductor absorber layer, and a p-type back contact buffer layer formed from one of mnte, cd1-xmnxte, and snte, the buffer layer disposed between the semiconductor absorber layer and the metal back contact layer.. ... First Solar Inc

Photovoltaic device including a p-n junction and method of manufacturing

A photovoltaic device includes a substrate structure and a p-type semiconductor absorber layer, the substrate structure including a cdsse layer. A photovoltaic device may alternatively include a cdsete layer. ... First Solar Inc

Photovoltaic devices and method of making

A photovoltaic device is presented. The photovoltaic device includes a buffer layer disposed on a transparent conductive oxide layer; a window layer disposed on the buffer layer; and an interlayer interposed between the transparent conductive oxide layer and the window layer. ... First Solar Inc

Photovoltaic devices and method of manufacturing

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. In some embodiments, the method involves an anode layer ion source (alis) plasma discharge process to clean and oxidize a cdte surface to produce a thin oxide layer between the cdte layer and subsequent back contact layer(s).. ... First Solar Inc

Process for making powder alloys containing cadmium and selenium

A process for preparing alloy products powders is described using a self-sustaining or self-propagating shs-type combustion process. Binary, ternary and quaternary alloy having cadmium, selenium and optionally a third element x or y selected from group via (such as s or te) or from group iib (such as zn or hg). ... First Solar Inc

Method and apparatus for forming a transparent conductive oxide using hydrogen

A method and apparatus for forming a crystalline cadmium stannate layer of a photovoltaic device by heating an amorphous layer in the presence of hydrogen gas.. . ... First Solar Inc

Photovoltaic device containing an n-type dopant source

Described herein is a method of using the buffer layer of a transparent conductive substrate as a dopant source for the n-type window layer of a photovoltaic device. The dopant source of the buffer layer distributes to the window layer of the photovoltaic device during semiconductor processing. ... First Solar Inc

Doping an absorber layer of a photovoltaic device via diffusion from a window layer

Methods for doping an absorbent layer of a p-n heterojunction in a thin film photovoltaic device are provided. The method can include depositing a window layer on a transparent substrate, where the window layer includes at least one dopant (e.g,. ... First Solar Inc

Vapor transport deposition method and system for material co-deposition

An improved feeder system and method for continuous vapor transport deposition that includes at least two vaporizers couple to a common distributor through an improved seal for separately vaporizing and collecting at least any two vaporizable materials for deposition as a material layer on a substrate. Multiple vaporizer provide redundancy and allow for continuous deposition during vaporizer maintenance and repair.. ... First Solar Inc

Method and system for manufacturing back contacts of photovoltaic devices

A method for manufacturing a photovoltaic device includes a step of depositing one of an amorphous layer of znte and a multilayer stack of zn and te adjacent a semiconductor layer. The one of the amorphous layer and the multilayer stack is then subjected to an energy impulse at a temperature equal to or greater than its critical temperature. ... First Solar Inc

Photovoltaic devices including mg-doped semiconductor films

A photovoltaic cell can include a dopant in contact with a semiconductor layer.. . ... First Solar Inc

Photovoltaic devices including controlled copper uptake

A photovoltaic cell can include a substrate having a copper-doped semiconductor layer. The doping can be mediated with a salt.. ... First Solar Inc

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Apparatus and method for improving efficiency of thin-film photovoltaic devices

A method for producing, apparatus for producing and photovoltaic device including semiconductor layers with halide heat treated surfaces that increase grain growth within at least one of the semiconductor layers and improve the interface between the semiconductor layers. The halide heat treatment includes applying and heating multiple coatings of a halide compound on surfaces adjacent to or part of the semiconductor layers.. ... First Solar Inc








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