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Seeking datasheet for Panasonic PV cell BP-243318

Discussion in 'Electronic Components' started by Paul Ciszek, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. Paul Ciszek

    Paul Ciszek Guest

    Does anyone know where to get a datasheet for the Panasonic BP-243318?
    It is a minature PV module, containing 5 cells in series.
    I am given some of these to test every so often, but Panasonic appears
    to never have heard of them. Digikey lists some "Solar Cells" with part
    numbers of the form BP-24xx, but they are all quantity 0 and show up as
    invalid if you try to go the catalog page. Panasonic sales offices have
    never heard of it. Googling on "BP-243318" and "datasheet", I get some
    Russian sites, and some sites describing projects that use the part, but
    no datasheets for the part itself. I have tried some online datasheet
    archives, but they don't list the part.

    I have not been able to find a phone number for tech support for
    Panasonic OEM semiconductor or Panasonic Batteries. I sent an e-mail,
    but it was never answered.
  2. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    From what I can find, your part is a cadmium telluride solar cell in
    Panasonic's Sunceram series. The part number reflects the size (24mm x
    33mm) and the operating voltage at typical load (1.8V).

    One site abbreviates the spec as ...

    BP-243318. 24 x 33. mm. 2.7 V (OC), 16 mA. (SC), 28 mW

    Here is Panasonic's "Solar Cells Technical Handbook ‘98/99":
    Photovoltaic Module Businesses in Japan including Panasonic Renewable

    - Franc Zabkar
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