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JPSA, UDelaware, MIT Collaborate on SunShot Initiative

Photonics.com
Oct 2011
MANCHESTER, N.H., Oct. 7, 2011 — J.P. Sercel Associates (JPSA) is partnering with SunShot Initiative F-PACE awardee University of Delaware (UD), along with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on a $3.8 million project to lower the cost of crystalline silicon solar cells.

The US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative sponsors the F-PACE award, whose goal is to lower the cost of these solar cell modules to $0.50/Wp. Under the initiative, UD received more than $9.1 million from five separate awards, the highest funding total awarded to a university for research and development.


JPSA Job Shop and Applications Lab. (Image: JPSA)

The team will use a new device design patented by UD that incorporates silicon structures deposited at low temperature with the goal of reducing the cost of crystalline solar cells by decreasing both the amount of materials used and manufacturing costs. This project will utilize both JPSA's broad expertise in UV-VIS-NIR nanosecond and picosecond lasers to pattern and form the contacts on the back of the solar cell, and MIT's unique characterization and passivation tools for understanding and mitigating defects in silicon. Four US companies will provide thin silicon wafers for evaluation of the new solar cell design architecture.

“This is an exciting moment for the applications team at JPSA as we work together with Dr. Steve Hegedus, scientist at UD's Institute of Energy Conversion, and professor Tonio Buonassisi at MIT to develop this new solar cell architecture that will help lower manufacturing costs and increase the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells,” said Dr. Marco Mendes, director of JPSA's Applications Lab.

For more information, visit: www.jpsalaser.com  


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