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Reuse Your Photovoltaics!

Patent

US8445314B2

Owner

Beamreach Solar Inc.

Filing Date

Priority Date

May 22, 2009

Portfolio

Solar - Beamreach

Intro

May this invention improve solar cells? This invention seems to be able to reduce waste of solar cells and increase their lifetime by making thin photovoltaic cells reusable.

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Claims

1. A method for creating a plurality of thin semiconductor substrates, said method comprising: forming a reusable template comprising: a semiconduct...
  1. A method for creating a plurality of thin semiconductor substrates, said method comprising: forming a reusable template comprising: a semiconductor material; a surface having a 3-D surface topography comprising a plurality of raised areas separated by a plurality of depressed areas, said 3-D surface topography being adapted to substantially retain its shape during a plurality of substrate release cycles; forming a layer of porous semiconductor on said reusable template; depositing a thin crystalline semiconductor substrate on said layer of porous semiconductor; and releasing said thin crystalline semiconductor substrate, wherein said reusable template substantially retains its shape after said step of releasing said thin crystalline semiconductor substrate, and wherein said semiconductor material, said porous semiconductor layer, and said thin crystalline semiconductor substrate comprise silicon, and wherein each of said plurality of raised areas comprises a rounded top.
  2. The method of claim 1, wherein each of said plurality of raised areas comprises a tapered top having an angle selected from the range consisting of 25 degrees to 65 degrees.
  3. The method of claim 2, wherein each of said plurality of depressed areas comprises a rounded depressed area.
  4. The method of claim 3, wherein said 3-D surface topography further comprises a plurality of feature side wall taper angles, each of said feature side wall taper angles being selected from the range consisting of 5 degrees to 35 degrees.
  5. The method of claim 1, wherein each of said plurality of depressed areas comprises a rounded depressed area.
  6. The method of claim 5, wherein said 3-D surface topography further comprises a plurality of feature side wall taper angles, each of said feature side wall taper angles being selected from the range consisting of 5 degrees to 35 degrees.
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Abstract

A structure and method operable to create a reusable template for detachable thin semiconductor substrates is provided. The template has a shape s...
A structure and method operable to create a reusable template for detachable thin semiconductor substrates is provided. The template has a shape such that the 3-D shape is substantially retained after each substrate release. Prior art reusable templates may have a tendency to change shape after each subsequent reuse; the present disclosure aims to address this and other deficiencies from the prior art, therefore increasing the reuse life of the template.  
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