US 10,892,372 B2
High performance solar cells, arrays and manufacturing processes therefor
Murat Okandan, Edgewood, NM (US); and Jose Luis Cruz-Campa, Waltham, MA (US)
Assigned to mPower Technology, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (US)
Filed by mPower Technology, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (US)
Filed on Dec. 11, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/837,842.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/432,289, filed on Dec. 9, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2018/0166598 A1, Jun. 14, 2018
Int. Cl. H01L 31/0463 (2014.01); H01L 31/05 (2014.01); H01L 31/048 (2014.01); H01L 31/18 (2006.01); H01L 31/0352 (2006.01); H01L 31/042 (2014.01); H01L 31/0475 (2014.01); H01L 31/062 (2012.01); H01L 31/00 (2006.01); H01L 31/0224 (2006.01); B23K 26/00 (2014.01); H01G 9/20 (2006.01); H01L 21/02 (2006.01); H01L 23/00 (2006.01); H01L 21/461 (2006.01); H01L 41/338 (2013.01); H01L 21/78 (2006.01)
CPC H01L 31/0463 (2014.12) [H01L 31/00 (2013.01); H01L 31/0224 (2013.01); H01L 31/0352 (2013.01); H01L 31/035281 (2013.01); H01L 31/042 (2013.01); H01L 31/048 (2013.01); H01L 31/0475 (2014.12); H01L 31/05 (2013.01); H01L 31/0508 (2013.01); H01L 31/0516 (2013.01); H01L 31/062 (2013.01); H01L 31/18 (2013.01); H01L 31/188 (2013.01); H01L 31/1892 (2013.01); H01L 31/1896 (2013.01); B23K 26/0006 (2013.01); H01G 9/2068 (2013.01); H01L 21/02079 (2013.01); H01L 21/461 (2013.01); H01L 21/78 (2013.01); H01L 24/95 (2013.01); H01L 41/338 (2013.01); H01L 2224/80947 (2013.01); H01L 2224/95 (2013.01); Y02E 10/50 (2013.01); Y02P 70/50 (2015.11)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A solar cell array assembly comprising interconnected photovoltaic cells, the solar cell array assembly comprising:
a flexible substrate;
a first string of first non-overlapping singulated photovoltaic cells electrically connected in series; and
a second string of second non-overlapping singulated photovoltaic cells electrically connected in series, said second string electrically connected in parallel with said first string;
wherein each of said first non-overlapping singulated photovoltaic cells have a first shape and a first area and each of said second non-overlapping singulated photovoltaic cells have a second shape different from said first shape and a second area different from said first area;
wherein said first non-overlapping singulated photovoltaic cells are intermingled with said second non-overlapping singulated photovoltaic cells on said flexible substrate; and
wherein said different shapes and said intermingling enable the solar cell array assembly to be flexible in more than two directions.