Patent Number: 6,310,281

Title: Thin-film, flexible photovoltaic module

Abstract: A new, large-area, thin-film, flexible photovoltaic structure is disclosed, as well as a general fabrication procedure, including a preferably roll-to-roll-type, process-chamber-segregated, "continuous-motion", method for producing such a structure. A special multi-material vapor-deposition environment is disclosed to implement an important co-evaporation, layer-deposition procedure performed in and as part of the fabrication procedure. A structural system adapted to create a vapor environment generally like that just referred to is disclosed, as is an organization of method steps involved in the generation of such a vapor environment. Also, a unique, vapor-creating, materials-distributing system, which includes specially designed heated crucibles with carefully arranged, spatially distributed, localized and generally point-like, heated-nozzle sources of different metallic vapors, and a special multi-fingered, comb-like, vapor-delivering manifold structure is shown.

Inventors: Wendt; Robert G. (Tucson, AZ), Hanket; Gregory M. (Newark, DE), Birkmire; Robert W. (Newark, DE), Russell; T. W. Fraser (Newark, DE), Wiedeman; Scott (Tucson, AZ)

Assignee: Global Solar Energy, Inc.

International Classification: H01L 31/04 (20060101); H01L 031/04 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018