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Energies 2017, 10(11), 1712;

Design and Production of Animated Image Photovoltaic Modules

Department of Electrical Engineering, Da-Yeh University, Chunghua 51591, Taiwan
Graduate Institute of Optoelectronic Engineering and Department of Electrical Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Da-Yeh University, Chunghua 51591, Taiwan
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Received: 30 September 2017 / Revised: 23 October 2017 / Accepted: 24 October 2017 / Published: 26 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Solar Energy Application in Buildings)
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This paper develops fifth-generation-sized silicon thin-film tandem photovoltaic (PV) modules with animated images. Front PV cell stripes are created using a laser scribing technique, and specially edited and shifted images are printed onto the back glass. After encapsulating the front PV module with the back glass, the animated image effect can then be clearly seen from various positions. The PV module that can display three images has a stabilized power output of 87 W. The remarkable features of this module such as its animated image display, semitransparency, and acceptable power loss give it great potential for use in building-integrated photovoltaics. This paper could help improve the aesthetic appearance of PV modules, which may increase users’ or architects’ willingness to install PV modules on buildings. View Full-Text
Keywords: animated image; photovoltaic (PV) module; semitransparency; building-integrated photovoltaic animated image; photovoltaic (PV) module; semitransparency; building-integrated photovoltaic

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Ou, Y.-C.; Wu, H.-Y.; Hsu, C.-H.; Jiang, Y.-L.; Lien, S.-Y. Design and Production of Animated Image Photovoltaic Modules. Energies 2017, 10, 1712.

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