Amelio Solar Inc., a developer of thin-film photovoltaic technologies based in Ewing, N.J., has unveiled the PV Duo tandem photovoltaic module. The PV Duo combines a thin-film amorphous silicon (a-Si) photovoltaic device and a thin-film copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) photovoltaic device into one integrated module.Â
According to the company, the module represents the most efficient thin-film photovoltaic module technology, with demonstrated efficiency as high as 13%, and retains advantages of a-Si, including the ability to perform in high-temperature and low-light conditions, and no carcinogenic content.
As with a-Si and CIGS modules, the PV Duo consists of a glass plate to which the layers of material are applied. Unlike a-Si and CIGS, however, which have a second glass plate that serves as a blank, protective back cover laminated to the photovoltaic glass plate, the PV Duo utilizes the surface area of the second glass plate to create a second photovoltaic device, initially CIGS-based, which is laminated to the first photovoltaic glass plate, initially a-Si-based, resulting in an a-Si/CIGS four-terminal tandem module.
Amelio Solar offers its PV Duo, a-Si and CIGS products in 1.0 square-meter and 1.5 square-meter substrate sizes, and turnkey manufacturing systems for all products with either manual or optional automated glass plate-handling.Â
Amelio Solar Inc.: (917) 573-0405
SOURCE: Amelio Solar Inc.