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Ion beam surface modification of solar module glass for reduced reflectance

England, JG and Spitzer, MB (2010) Ion beam surface modification of solar module glass for reduced reflectance In: 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 2010, 2010-06-20 - 2010-06-25, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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The surface reflectance of low-iron soda-lime glass imposes a 4% power loss in most flat plate modules. Optical coatings and surface textures are two approaches to decreasing this loss. In this paper we report on a third method comprising ion implantation of argon to adjust the index of refraction of the near surface region. We show that ion implantation provides a 50% reduction in the reflectance. This method appears to have general applicability owing to the wide use of soda-lime glass in module manufacturing.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Subjects : Electronic Engineering
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Spitzer, MB
Date : November 2010
DOI : 10.1109/PVSC.2010.5616751
Copyright Disclaimer : ©2010 IEEE
Contributors :
Uncontrolled Keywords : Reflectivity, Argon, Ion beam effects, Ion implantation
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:58
Last Modified : 23 Jan 2020 19:00

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