The Australian National University (ANU) is partnering with the ARENA-funded research project led by Assoc. Prof. Alison Lennon at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
The project will develop an innovative module fabrication technology where conductors are directly electroformed in laser-structured encapsulant surfaces. The developed technology can increase module fabrication flexibility, with manufacturers able to purchase pre-fabricated metallised encapsulant for module lamination. The project aims to reducing the levelised cost of electricity of silicon photovoltaics by: (i) using low-cost materials; (ii) increasing efficiency through elimination of cell busbars and introducing high aspect ratio conductors; and (iii) increasing module reliability by reducing stress induced through the use of interconnecting wires and ribbons.
ANU is collaborating on the optical modelling and laser structuring research.