TPedge

Foil-free PV module


Looking to produce PV modules economically?
Here are three reasons why TPedge is your best choice

1.

Up to 40% cost reduction in PV module manufacturing

2.

Very short cycle time down to 45 seconds per module

3.

New encapsulation system reduces stress from solar cells

Cost reductions with TPedge


TPedge technology reduces the costs of module production without solar cells by up to 40% – in a short cycle time of only 45 seconds per module line. As a result, the overall cost of a PV module can be reduced by approximately 14%, depending on the cost of the solar cells.

Time and cost savings are a result of a simplified modular structure and a completely innovative production technology. The cell array is locally fixed between the two glass units. The use of films and any associated lamination is not necessary. The edge sealing of the TPedge module is carried out via the application of the thermoplastic material at 130 °C.
An additional aluminum frame is not even necessary.

Cost comparison without cells

Innovative leap in module production

Bystronic glass, now Glaston, developed the technology for the TPedge module production in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). Production lines for the TPedge modules can be designed in various expansion stages. In the serial production line, it is possible to manufacture a module in under a minute – compared to the 16 minutes required for the usual standard procedure.

The new production principle is inspired by the sealing technology used in insulating glass production. The TPedge development process for the production of modules with thermoplastic sealing on the glass edge marks a great innovative leap in the entire module production sector.

Traditional wafer-based
PV module

New TPedge
module

References


Fraunhofer ISE, Germany

#Emerging technologies #glass processing #IG unit #insulating glass #solar #technology #TPedge #TPS

It is only recently that 70 TPedge photovoltaic modules have adorned the external façade of Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) laboratory in Freiburg, Germany. These modules are a joint development between Bystronic glass and the Fraunhofer ISE. Ten of these modules were already integrated into the façade in 2013 and still they continue to work reliably. A further 60 modules will now follow.

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AGP, New Zealand

#architectural #architectural glass #FC Series #iLooK

"We designed our brand-new plant to deliver high performance results, combining our vision for machinery with our personnel selection to offer a superior product and service to our customers. We chose two Glaston FC tempering lines for repeatable and reliable quality results,” says David Bunting, General Manager of Architectural Glass Products (AGP)."

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PLG, Finland

#architectural #Flat tempering #RC Series #Upgrades

“We’ve always been an important partner to the large window manufacturers in Finland. Listening to their needs and responding has helped us stay competitive in this market,” Tommi Nousiainen, CEO of PLG in Finland, explains. “We were not specifically looking for a tempering furnace. But when our customers began to require high-quality tempered glass, we moved swiftly ahead with an entry-level Glaston RC model. Since then, we have already been able to upgrade the line twice in response to the rapidly evolving market.” 

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