Newly granted patents for photo voltaic cell structure that reduces silver prices and will increase energy technology might see the brand new expertise draw nearer to commercialisation.
US-based Photo voltaic Innovations has been awarded three new patents in China, Israel and the US for its Configurable Present Cell (C3) cell structure expertise, which it says has confirmed to enhance energy technology and module effectivity and cut back the quantity of silver required to manufacture a cell by as much as 18%.
Ben Damiani, chief expertise officer at Photo voltaic Innovations stated: “Because the photo voltaic business shifts to new cell buildings resembling TOPCon and HJT and manufacturing continues to speed up across the globe, the financial advantages of our Configurable Present Cell 1 expertise achieve significance.”
Damiani’s work is the idea for C3 expertise, having discovered that he might create a number of “lanes” or subcells on a single wafer by electrically dividing every cell through the metalisation course of.
Photo voltaic Innovations stated that the expertise doesn’t require PV cell producers to make any course of adjustments or expend any extra capital to be applied, and might work with PERC, n-type, BSF, mono- or multi-crystalline, bi-facial and half-cells.
This marks the corporate’s first forays into the worldwide market. China issued its patent in October, while Israel printed a patent in November with a view to issuing it in February 2023. The US issued the newest patent this week, which builds on the prevailing patent for C3 expertise that Photo voltaic Innovations obtained final 12 months. Functions are reportedly pending within the EU and 13 different international locations, which Photo voltaic Innovations stated account for round 90% of the worldwide photo voltaic market.
In September 2019, with C3, the corporate received first place within the US’ American-Made Photo voltaic Prize for revolutionary applied sciences. Photo voltaic Innovations stated that the primary C3 cells have since been deployed by Cherry Avenue Vitality in a industrial rooftop set up in Georgia.