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Solar Energy

Consistency and precision in the thermal interface can be the difference between exceptional performance and early failure. Sonoscan's C-SAMŽ acoustic microscopes can precisely measure material thickness and bonding consistency in a solar application, detecting voids, delaminations and imperfections in bond materials before problems occur.

Thin Film
     • Amorphous Silicon (a-Si)
     • Cadmium Telluride (CdTe)
     • Gallium Selenide (CIGS)
Polymer-Based
Silicon
     • Crystalline Silicon (c-Si) (Mono & Poly)
     • Amorphous Silicon (a-Si)


Solar Cell Cracking  
A large crack is observed as an irregular dark feature propogating along the right side of this solar panel.
Solar Cell Crack

Solar Cell Bussbar  
The bright white features along the bussbar represent delaminations in the attach between the bussbar and solar panel.
Solar Cell Bussbar Delaminations

Thin Film Solar Cell  
A missing interconnect can be seen in the lower left of the grid, along with delamination of the layers.
Thin Film Solar Cell Diagram  and Missing Interconnect  Delamination

Solar Concentrator  
The red areas indicate gaps in the cell-to-solder interface, which could cause loss of efficiency or failure of the structure.
Solar Concentrator Diagram Gaps in Cell-to-Solder Interface
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