Solar PV R&DProject Next Generation SLIVER Cells
This report details the next generation SLIVER cells project aimed to maximise the likelihood of successful commercialisation of SLIVER technology by simplifying the cell production process and increasing the amount of energy generated by the cells.
SLIVER technology is a technology for the fabrication of silicon based solar photovoltaic panels with unique attributes that make the panels very attractive for a range of applications. The goal of this project was to demonstrate the streamlined production of more efficient SLIVER cells on a low volume, commercial production line.
Several key areas with substantial scope for improvement were identified at the start of the project, including laser processing, surface treatments and improvements to material quality. Advances in these areas were adapted and rigorously proved for SLIVER cells, and then incorporated in a carefully staged manner into the SLIVER manufacturing process.
Successful completion of the project resulted in a substantial boost in the conversion efficiency of SLIVER modules, and a substantial reduction in their manufacturing cost. The project played a significant role in lowering the cost and increasing the competitiveness of SLIVER technology.