Strain Effect on the Performance of Solar Cells

Mostafa Yossef, An Chen*

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Abstract

Clean, plentiful, and easy-to-harvest solar energy is the ultimate renewable energy. It is becoming more important as the world begins to take notice of the burgeoning carbon emission problems that come with burning fossil fuels. Thin-film solar cells have been increasingly used for energy harvesting. This paper studies the strain effect on their performances under compression and tension. To this end, compression and tension tests were conducted using an MTS machine. Since the solar cells are flexible, they were bonded to fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) plates. A projector was used to illuminate the cells during the tests to simulate 100% sun. J-V characteristic curves were measured at different strains until the samples failed. It can be concluded that there are strain thresholds for both compression and tension. Solar cells worked properly below the threshold but degraded rapidly once the threshold was passed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarth and Space 2016
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering for Extreme Environments - Proceedings of the 15th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments
EditorsRamesh B. Malla, Juan H. Agui, Paul J. van Susante
PublisherAMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS
Pages869-880
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479971
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments, Earth and Space - Orlando, United States
Duration: 11 Apr 201615 Apr 2016
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameEarth and Space 2016: Engineering for Extreme Environments - Proceedings of the 15th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments, Earth and Space
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period11/04/201615/04/2016

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