Alex Scholten

Feb 102014
 
Silicone polymer was a common encapsulant material when crystalline silicon (c-Si) photovoltaic (PV) modules were built in the 1970s and early 80s. Its durable optical clarity, chemical inertness and superb mechanical properties made it the preferred material to provide lasting, secure protection of vulnerable silicon solar cells in PV modules.  For extraterrestrial applications (satellites and space stations), it is still the material of choice today.  However, during the rapid...