PV technologies

PV technologies

Department Of
Photovoltaics Technologies

Measurements and characterization of the PV cells and PV modules
Investigation of the specialized coatings and coating technologies for solar cells and PV modules
Novel PV module production technologies. Exploring various materials (glass, plastics, and metals) improving PV modules  optical, mechanical, and thermal properties.
Low environmental impact PV modules, PV modules based on recyclable materials.
Prototyping of novel PV modules
Economical evaluation of the novel PV module technologies

Department manager:  dr. Juras Ulbikas
E-mail:  juras.ulbikas@protechnology.lt

Publications

Juras Ulbikas, Vaidvile Ulbikaite, Julius Denafas, Robert Witteck, Marc Köntges, Marko Topic, Francesco Frontini, Pierluigi Bonomo, Erika Saretta, Philippe Macé, Pieter Jan Bolt, Alexander G. Ulyashin, Torstein Haarberg, Wolfram Palitzsch, Barbara Terheiden, Ingrid Weiss, Antonio Fuentes Cano, J. Luis Domínguez-García. Super PV Project – Innovative and High-Quality PV Systems to Regain Leadership of European PV Businesses on the World Market. EU PVSEC 2019 Proceedings, 7DV.2.1, p. 1972 – 1976. ISBN: 3-936338-60-4. DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20192019-7DV.2.1 

Juras Ulbikas, Julius Denafas, Vaidvile Ulbikaite, Robert Witteck, Marc Köntges, Marko Topic, Francesco Frontini, Pierluigi Bonomo, Erika Saretta, Philippe Macé, Pieter Jan Bolt, Alexander G. Ulyashin, Torstein Haarberg, Wolfram Palitzsch, Barbara Terheiden, Ingrid Weiss, Nicholas LaPointe, J. Luis Domínguez-García. Super PV Progress ReportDeveloping & Testing Innovative High-Quality PV Systems to Regain European Leadership in the PV Market. PV. EU PVSEC 2020 Proceedings, 7DV.1.5. ISBN: 3-936338-73-6. 

J. Luis Domínguez-García, Llus Trilla, Pol Paradell Sola, V. Izquierdo Roca, Dainius Horbacauskas, Juras Ulbikas, Karim Khemiri, Marko Jankovec, Damjan Golob, Jérémie Aimé. Key Innovations on power electronics and communications leading to a LCOE reduction of solar PV. EU PVSEC 2020 Proceedings, 4AV.3.11. ISBN: 3-936338-73-6. 

Juras Ulbikas, Matas Rudzikas, P. Dubravskij, Alexander G. Ulyashin. High Efficiency Flexible and Lightweight PV Modules Using Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells. EU PVSEC 2020 Proceedings, 4AV.2.29. ISBN: 3-936338-73-6 

Presentations at Conferences

Rudzikas, M.; Pakalka, S.; Donelienė, J.; Šetkus, A.. Exploring the Potential of Pure Germa Kesterite for a 2T Kesterite / Silicon Tandem Solar Cell : A Simulation Study, MDPI Mater. (2023) https://doi.org/10.3390/ma16186107

Rudzikas, M.; Donėlienė, J.; Bužavaitė-Vertelienė, E.; Balevičius, Z.; Leuvrey, C.; Šetkus, A.. Design and investigation of 1D photonic crystal based structures for BIPV cell colorization by sol-gel dipping technology. Solar Energy, Volume 250, 2023, Pages 285-294, ISSN 0038-092X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2022.12.028

Rudzikas, M.; Pakalka, S.; Donėlienė, J.; Šetkus, A.. Exploring the Potential of Pure Germanium Kesterite for a 2T Kesterite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cell: A Simulation Study. Materials. 2023; 16(18):6107. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma1618610

Rudzikas, M.; Donėlienė, J.; Bužavaitė-Vertelienė, E.; Balevičius, Z.; Leuvrey, C.; Šetkus, A..Design and investigation of Bragg reflector based structures for BIPV cell colorization by sol-gel dipping technology, Sol. Energy. 250 (2023) 285–294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2022.12.028. 1

Projects

SMART-Flex
SMART-FLeX – Demonstration at industrial scale of the FLeXible manufacturing…

Infrastructure & Services

Description

Investigation of solar cells with different architectures and production technologies  covers comprehensive set of the measurement methods allowing in-deep solar cells quality analysis.

  • Evaluation of the spectral response
  • Evaluation of external and internal quantum efficiency
  • Evaluation of the reflectance
  • Evaluation of the contact and emitter layer resistance
  • Mapping of contact and emitter layer resistance
  • Mapping of shunt resistance
  • Mapping of open-circuit voltage and short-circuit current
  • Measurement of I-V characteristics at particular irradiance
  • Measurement of solar cell series resistance
  • 3D surface mapping
  • Measurement of solar cell thickness
  • Resistance measurement and evaluation of resistance temperature coefficient

Description

On our experimental setups we are implementing comprehensive set of measurements and characterization of novel PV modules production technologies with further evaluation under accredited laboratory environment according PV testing standards. It covers:

  • identification of modules performance,
  • accelerated ageing testing,
  • heil testing,
  • Investigation of gell content in lamination polymer films

Description

Experimental solar modules production facilities allow development of innovative bifacial, flexible and semi-flexible modules using innovative cells and materials for back sheet, front sheet and encapsulant.

  • Full set of the processes required for PV modules assembling:
    • stringing of the cells,
    • layup,
    • bussing,
    • lamination,
    • connection of junction box.