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Meyer Burger Technology - The Expert in Photovoltaics White Papers

Meyer Burger Technology - The Expert in Photovoltaics

Heterojunction Technology - The Solar Cell of the Future Wafer-based silicon photovoltaic (PV) production has only changed slightly in the last forty years. The standard concept comprises p-type silicon wafers, fired contacts and encapsulation. Cost reduction is necessary if PV is to survive without feed-in tariffs and be competitive with grid electricity costs. Therefore levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) is one of the primary metrics for the cost of electricity produced by both utility scale and distributed power systems. The fastest path to lower LCOE is to introduce high efficiency solar cell concepts like the heterojunction technology (HJT). Photovoltaic systems using heterojunction technology (HJT) modules outperform any other PV systems and this paper will explain why.
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Smartwire Connection Technology For more than five decades, photovoltaic technology has seen continuous improvements, as costs have been consistently lowered, processes have been simplified and process temperatures lowered. While significant improvements have been made at the cell level, limitations remain at the module level or at the interface between the cell and the module, which is known as the cell metallization-interconnection. Meyer Burger develops the SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT) required to close this gap and get the highest possible benefit out of high-efficiency solar cell performance.
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