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Dr Pierre Verlinden will first present the evolution of Silicon solar cells from its first invention in 1956 to the current mainstream industrial technology. Later the different innovations that allowed to bring the efficiency from a few percent to more than 26% for a single junction Si cell will be discussed. He will focus on the different crystalline Si solar cells: PERC, TOPCon, HJT, IBC, HIBC, as well as a series of other technologies that did not make it to mainstream commercialization (MIS, MWT, and EWT).
Additionally, Dr Verlinden will address the cost and conditions for commercialization and review the current modern PV module technology and innovation. He will take you through the history of module design from 36-cell design for battery charging to today’s modules with large 210mm cells, non-destructive cutting, Multi-Busbar or SmartWire, and high-density assembly.
Finally, the roadmap towards higher-efficiency designs and Si-based tandem junction will be presented, followed by a review of future possible developments of PV technology in view of a multi-TW PV capacity to meet a net-zero CO2 emission target by 2050.
Research institute imo-imomec and Faculty of Engineering Technology are honored to award the Francqui Chair to solar pioneer Dr. Pierre Verlinden.
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