This project comprises the specification, design, BOM and building instructions for a 1/2 Watt PV solar module (PVM).
- The PVM shall comply with the four overarching requirements as defined by our mission statement.
- The PVM shall encapsulate a solar cell capable of generating about 1/2 Watt (0.50W) at peak performance.
This project is in the development phase.
A solar module is little more than one or more solar (photovoltaic) cells encapsulated for protection from environmental or mechanical damage. The most common solar cells are made from monocrystalline silicon.
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One of the most popular methods for manufacturing solar modules is to laminate solar cells between encapsulating layers. The layer facing the sun is typically some ultra-clear glass, whereas that facing away is some form of durable, heat-resistant plastic such as Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE e.g. TeflonTM) or Polyvinylflouride (PVF e.g. TedlarTM). The glue used to encapsulate the PV cells between glass and backsheet is typically Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA).
Solar module 'ribbon' is specialized flat type of copper wire coated with a soldering alloy which is used to connect PV cells to one another and to the solar module electric terminals, typically some type of weatherproof power connector.