Solar Cell Coverslide Extraction Apparatus.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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Apparatus is described for extracting a coverside from a solar cell includes a receptacle defining a cavity in which a rack is disposed which mounts a plurality of partitions in spaced, side-by-side relationship. The partitions define a plurality of extraction chambers there between which are open at their opposite ends. A screen is disposed below and underlies the rack for retaining solar cell modules received within the chambers in upright standing positions therein. The cavity is almost filled with a liquid solvent capable of detaching the coverslide of each module from its solar cell. A stirring device disposed below the rack on the bottom of the cavity can be actuated to create flow of the solvent along a circulatory path upwardly through some of the chambers and downwardly through other of the chambers and generally parallel to a plane of attachment of the coverslide to the solar cell of each module in the chambers. Also, air is bubbled through the chambers so as to assist the solvent in detaching the coverslides from the solar cells.
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