CWRU research team awarded $1.35 million to study solar photovoltaic module construction

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office awarded $1.35 million to a team of solar energy researchers at Case Western Reserve University to continue working on increasing the efficiency and lifetime of photovoltaic modules to 50 years. The research efforts are being led by Roger French, the Kyocera Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and head of the SDLE Research Center.

Their work consists of comparing two kinds of module construction for encapsulating photovoltaic cells: one of double-glass and the other with a multilayer polymer laminate. The research will look at chemical degradation, the effect on PV cells and their performance, and the durability of the modules.

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