Method of Bonding Protective Covers onto Solar Cells.
Patent, Filed 25 Aug 86, patented 22 Dec 87,
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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A method for bonding a protective cover to a solar cell is described comprising the steps of depositing onto a substrate a metallic gridwork corresponding to that which surrounds and defines the active photovoltaic areas of the solar cell overlaying a protective cover, such as of glass, in contact with the gridwork on the substrate, heating under light pressure to soften the cover and impress the gridwork into a surface of the cover, and removing the cover and gridwork assembly from the substrate applying a thin metallic adherent layer and, optionally, a compatibility layer on the solar cell in configuration corresponding to that of the intended gridwork of the solar cell overlaying the cover and gridwork assembly onto the solar cell with the gridwork aligned with the layers and bonding the gridwork to the layers.
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