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WEBINAR THIN-FILM SOLAR TECHNOLOGY
PACKAGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THIN-FILM SOLAR MODULES

Packaging technologies for thin-film solar modules

Depending on the use and application, flexible solar cells need a fair life time. It is important to develop materials and processes that can protect the sensitive chemical and physical composition of thin-film solar cells, during the required lifetime. Although glass is an excellent inert barrier, it is not flexible enough. Therefore Solliance is focussing on flexible, polymer based packaging. With sophisticated barriers and polymers the life time of thin-film solar cells is on commercial levels.

Yparex is developing new materials for encapsulating flexible solar cells in the Solliance network. Frank Huijnen will introduce Yparex and present the latest developments on this field. Aldo Kingma (TNO) researches the influence of encapsulant materials and processes on the lifetime of flexible, steel based CIGS modules. Together they will give an overview of the current status of the research on this field.

The live webinar will be broadcasted at 09.00 Central European Summer Time (CEST) or 16.00 Japanese Standard Time (JST). The webinar will be replayed, accompanied with live chat and moderation by the experts at 09.00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

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Packaging technologies for thin-film solar modules

Depending on the use and application, flexible solar cells need a fair life time. It is important to develop materials and processes that can protect the sensitive chemical and physical composition of thin-film solar cells, during the required lifetime. Although glass is an excellent inert barrier, it is not flexible enough. Therefore Solliance is focussing on flexible, polymer based packaging. With sophisticated barriers and polymers the life time of thin-film solar cells is on commercial levels.

Yparex is developing new materials for encapsulating flexible solar cells in the Solliance network. Frank Huijnen will introduce Yparex and present the latest developments on this field. Aldo Kingma (TNO) researches the influence of encapsulant materials and processes on the lifetime of flexible, steel based CIGS modules. Together they will give an overview of the current status of the research on this field.

The live webinar will be broadcasted at 09.00 Central European Summer Time (CEST) or 16.00 Japanese Standard Time (JST). The webinar will be replayed, accompanied with live chat and moderation by the experts at 09.00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

26 April 2021

09:00 CEST

Brussels

16:00 JST

Tokyo

09:00 PDT

San Francisco

Registration Free

Frank Huijnen

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Frank Huijnen received his Bachelor in Analytical Chemistry, Process Technology and Polymer Technology, started at DSM in 1988 in polymer quality control and application development, accountmanagement & consultancy to the polymer plants. Started in 2006 at Intertek, as Global Business Line Leader for Automotive Polymers (special accounts VW, Daimler and BMW). At the end of 2015, started at Yparex as Business Development Manager. Solar Encapsulant is one of his focus areas.

Aldo Kingma

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The island of Curaçao I grew up on has enough solar insolation and wind to run completely on sustainable energy, but still runs mainly on oil. Meanwhile, a badly maintained oil refinery that severely pollutes the island and poses a threat to public health was kept running for decades because it was considered too large of a contribution to the economy to decommission. Being witness to such examples helped convince me I should contribute to building a more sustainable world. With a strong interest in physics, I decided to do this by focusing on the development of sustainable energy technology. After getting my master in Applied Physics at the TU Delft in 2014, I continued with a PhD on the characterization of thin film solar cells at the national research council (CNR) and University of Parma in Italy. In 2018 I started working at the TNO part of Solliance. In my current role as a reliability scientist, I focus on the identification of failure modes in flexible thin film modules with an innovative design, applied in unconventional ways. I’m proud to be working in a team that is making it possible to harvest solar energy from virtually any surface affordably and aesthetically.

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