Patent Number: 8,816,188

Title: Photovoltaic devices with electrically coupled supports

Abstract: Apparatus and methods related to photovoltaic energy are provided. A device includes electrically conductive supports in electrical contact with one or more photovoltaic cells. The photovoltaic cells are secured with respect to the supports by a clamping force soldering or other means. Optics concentrate and guide photonic energy onto the photovoltaic cells. Generated electrical energy is coupled to a load using the conductive supports. Heat is rejected from the photovoltaic cells using at least one of the supports and a fluid flow, thermal conduction, and so on.

Inventors: Weibezahn; Karl S (Corvallis, OR), Lerner; Scott (Portland, OR)

Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

International Classification: H01L 31/042 (20140101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018