Accession Number : AD0483989

Title :   THIN FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL ARRAY INVESTIGATION.

Descriptive Note : Quarterly technical progress rept. no. 4, 1 Mar-31 May 66,

Corporate Author : GENERAL ELECTRIC CO LYNCHBURG VA POLYCRYSTALLINE SEMICONDUCTOR PRODUCTS BUSIN ESS SECTION

Personal Author(s) : Schlotterbeck, Richard S.

Report Date : JUN 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : Single crystal CD/TE solar cells have been fabricated by procedures analogous to those employed with thin film cells. The effect of high temperature (125 C in helium) and 1.5 mev electron irradiation (5 x 10 to the 16th power/sq. cm) upon the spectral response and V-1 characteristics of single crystal cells has been examined. Polycrystalline thin film CD/TE cells have been examined for stability under storage at various combinations of temperature, humidity and vacuum conditions. One significant finding is that cell storage in humid atmospheres up to 60% rh at room temperature will not result in degraded cell performance with a proper protective coating applied (ex, drylon lacquer). Thermal cycling data on 4 in. x 4 in. shingled modules are reported. The temperature range was from -200 F to +200 F. Three 14-cell panels have been assembled towards the fabrication of a 70-cell 28-volt power array.

Descriptors :   (*SOLAR CELLS, SINGLE CRYSTALS), (*SINGLE CRYSTALS, PROCESSING), PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS(SEMICONDUCTOR), CADMIUM ALLOYS, TELLURIUM ALLOYS, PHOTOELECTRIC EFFECT, TEMPERATURE, DEGRADATION, COATINGS, STORAGE, THERMAL PROPERTIES, TEMPERATURE, CYCLIC RATE, ELECTRON IRRADIATION, SOLAR PANELS, STABILITY, HUMIDITY, VARNISHES.

Subject Categories : Crystallography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE