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The space performance of silicon vertical junction solar cells on the LIPS-III satellite

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2 Author(s)
Statler, Richard L. ; US Naval Res. Lab., Washington, DC, USA ; Walker, D.H.

The authors present the preliminary analysis and results of a space experiment to evaluate the performance of a new generation of silicon vertical junction solar cells and three adhesives for attaching coverglass to the solar cells. Two of the adhesives are used for the first time in coverglass applications in the space environment. The SOLAREX vertical junction solar cells, which are of 10- Omega -cm silicon with back surface fields (BSFs) and back surface reflectors (BSRs) are compared to SOLAREX planar junction cells, also of 10- Omega -cm, BSF, BSR silicon. The results up to 386 days in space indicate that the two types of solar cell show about the same degradation rate in power output. There are no significant differences at this point in the performances of the three different adhesives.<>

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 12 )