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Transparent patch antenna on a-Si thin-film glass solar module

Title:
Transparent patch antenna on a-Si thin-film glass solar module
Author(s):
M.J. Roo-Ons, S.V. Shynu, M.J. Ammann, S.J. McCormack, B. Norton
Source:
Electronics Letters
Vol./Issue/Date:
Volume: 47, Issue. 2, 20th January 2011
Year:
2011
Page(s):
85 - 86
Abstract:
An optically transparent microstrip patch mounted on the surface of a commercially available solar module is proposed. The patch comprises a thin sheet of clear polyester with a conductive coating. The amorphous silicon solar cells in the module are used as both a photovoltaic generator and the antenna ground plane. The proposed structure provides a peak gain of 3.96 dBi in the 3.4–3.8 GHz range without significantly compromising the light transmission in the module. A comparison between copper and transparent conductors is made in terms of antenna and solar performance. The proposed technique is considerably simpler than previous integration approaches.
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