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Electrical Attachment to Solar Panels

10/07/2010 8:12 AM

Hello,

A question for the folks who are in the solar industry:

How are manufacturers making the electrical connection from the glass of the solar panel to any harness wiring back to the electrical system?

Also, is there a strong push for RoHS compliance in this industry?

Any help would be appreciated.


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Re: Electrical Attachment to Solar Panels

10/07/2010 12:23 PM

Actually, it's not glass, but silicone, and here's what Wiki has on the on the subject.

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Re: Electrical Attachment to Solar Panels

10/08/2010 10:30 AM

Actually, you made a critical typo. It's silicon not silicone.

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Re: Electrical Attachment to Solar Panels

10/08/2010 12:34 PM

I stand corrected.

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Re: Electrical Attachment to Solar Panels

10/09/2010 2:09 PM

Pigtail wiring leads?

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Re: Electrical Attachment to Solar Panels

10/10/2010 7:17 AM

doesnt that hurt the pigs ?

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Re: Electrical Attachment to Solar Panels

10/13/2010 1:54 PM

Not at all! Kind of like branding a cow just causes a tickling sensation!

Or - is this the one wearing lipstick - but I thought that one was in politics?

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Re: Electrical Attachment to Solar Panels

10/13/2010 2:44 PM

The conversation regarding this topic got a little off track. In case someone finds this thread at a later date via searching, I found this blog to be very informative:

http://blogs.indium.com/blog/indium-corporation/0/0/another-year-in-the-life-of-a-solar-blog

From what I can gather, the attachment is via a solder coated ribbon and yes lead-free is rather important in the industry. As someone mentioned before, pigtail leads are also used, which I think are soldered to the solder coated ribbon. Hopefully someone corrects me if I am wrong.

Thanks to everyone that responed.

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