Patent number 8631565 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This invention relates to solar modules and more particularly to a method for manufacturing a solar concentrator based module.
"Currently, it is known how to utilize a Fresnel lens to build a solar concentrator device. However, a disadvantage of existing art Fresnel solar concentrator devices is that there is presently no known method or design for volume production of such devices."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The shortcomings of the prior art are overcome and additional advantages are provided through embodiments of the invention proposing a method for manufacturing a solar concentrator cell module assembly within an integrated circuit manufacturing process, which solar concentrator cell module assembly comprises at least one solar device and which solar device comprises one printed circuit board and one cylindrical Fresnel lens.
"The method for embodiments of the invention involves assembling a printed circuit board according to a pre-defined circuit board base design layout that allows pick and place of a single solar concentrator cell chip onto a circuit board base. Connections are provided for the solar concentrator cell chip in a serialized or a parallelized arrangement on the circuit board base, and a plurality of openings are formed in the circuit board base underneath the backside of the solar concentrator chip to enable attachment of cooling means.
"According to embodiments of the invention a solar device based on a solar device layout is assembled using the assembled circuit board base and one cylindrical Fresnel lens, the solar device having a solar concentration ratio by modifying the solar device surface versus the solar cell surface and covering a full extension of the circuit board base, which circuit board base provides means for interconnecting a plurality of the solar devices to one another to form the solar concentrator cell module assembly.
"As a result of the summarized invention, technically we have achieved a solution for implementing methods for manufacturing an advanced concentrator cell module assembly utilizing printed circuit board (PCB) technology and single cell monitoring with electronics placed on the device PCB, enabling high automation capability, high efficiency and low cost."
URL and more information on this patent, see: Becker, Christian; Eickelmann, Hans-Juergen;
Keywords for this news article include: Electronics, Circuit Board,
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