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Imaging of TCO lateral resistance effects in thin-film PV modules by lock-in thermography and electroluminescence techniques

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posted on 26.01.2018, 14:14 by Archana Sinha, Martin BlissMartin Bliss, Xiaofeng Wu, Subinoy Roy, Ralph Gottschalg, Rajesh Gupta
The lateral sheet resistance of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) electrode in thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules is a major component of series resistance losses that causes significant reduction in the fill-factor and output power. This paper presents the investigation of TCO lateral resistance effects in the encapsulated thin-film modules by lock-in thermography (LIT) technique, which is predominantly used for shunt investigation in the solar cells. The LIT technique has been employed under both dark and illuminated conditions to compare their spatial sensitivity for imaging TCO resistance effects in a module. The LIT images have also been compared with electroluminescence (EL) images to find a correlation between localized heating and voltage drop across distributed TCO layer resistances, and to determine their advantages and limitations. Experimental results show that both, DLIT and ILIT, exhibit a gradient in thermal signal along the cell width due to variation in power dissipation across the lateral resistance of TCO electrode. However, ILIT appears to be more sensitive for imaging TCO resistance losses due to less junction masking effect. The spatial sensitivity also depends on the width of cell in a module. For narrower cells, DLIT and EL techniques are observed to be more sensitive near the higher potential edge of a cell as compared to ILIT. The study concludes that the LIT technique is also a potential candidate for providing the spatially-resolved characterization of TCO resistive losses in thin-film modules.

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

Pages

1020 - 1023

Citation

SINHA, A. ...et al., 2017. Imaging of TCO lateral resistance effects in thin-film PV modules by lock-in thermography and electroluminescence techniques. Presented at the 33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (PVSEC 2017), Amsterdam, 25-29th. September, pp. 1020-1023.

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© WIP Wirtschaft und Infrastruktur

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

29/09/2017

Publication date

2017

Notes

This is a conference paper .

ISBN

3936338477

ISSN

2196-100X

Language

en

Location

Amsterdam, Netherlands