Accession Number : ADD013652

Title :   Method of Bonding Protective Covers onto Solar Cells.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 25 Aug 86, patented 22 Dec 87,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Holt, James F

Report Date : 22 Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : A method for bonding a protective cover to a solar cell is described comprising the steps of depositing onto a substrate a metallic gridwork corresponding to that which surrounds and defines the active photovoltaic areas of the solar cell; overlaying a protective cover, such as of glass, in contact with the gridwork on the substrate, heating under light pressure to soften the cover and impress the gridwork into a surface of the cover, and removing the cover and gridwork assembly from the substrate; applying a thin metallic adherent layer and, optionally, a compatibility layer on the solar cell in configuration corresponding to that of the intended gridwork of the solar cell; overlaying the cover and gridwork assembly onto the solar cell with the gridwork aligned with the layer(s); and bonding the gridwork to the layer(s).

Descriptors :   *SOLAR CELLS, *PROTECTIVE COVERINGS, COMPATIBILITY, LAYERS, LIGHT, PATENTS, PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT, PRESSURE, SUBSTRATES

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE