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  1. FABRICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF 3-D ALL POLYMER FLEXIBLE SOLAR CELL

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    Kassegne, Samuel Kinde

    ....................................................................................3 2 LITERATURE SURVEY ON THIN FILM ANDORGANIC/TANDEM SOLAR CELL........................................................................7 2.3 Thin Film Solar CellFABRICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF 3-D ALL POLYMER FLEXIBLE SOLAR CELL _______________ A Thesis

  2. Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency

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    thin films of semiconducting polymers as a possible alternative to silicon-based solar cells. Such devices would have the advantages of being cheap to produce,...

  3. Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency

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  9. Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency

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  13. Nanocrystal Solar Cells

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    Gur, Ilan

    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Nov, 2005). Chapter 4 Hybrid solar cells with 3-dimensionalinorganic nanocrystal solar cells 5.1 Introduction In recentoperation of organic based solar cells and distinguish them

  14. Nanocrystal Solar Cells

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    Gur, Ilan

    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Nov, 2005). Chapter 4 Hybrid solar cells with 3-dimensional5 All-inorganic nanocrystal solar cells 5.1 Introduction Inoperation of organic based solar cells and distinguish them

  15. Thermal Management of Solar Cells

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    Saadah, Mohammed Ahmed

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    cells by cooling and concentration techniques," inheat. Different techniques of cooling solar cells have been

  16. Heterojunction solar cell

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    Olson, J.M.

    1994-08-30T23:59:59.000Z

    A high-efficiency single heterojunction solar cell is described wherein a thin emitter layer (preferably Ga[sub 0.52]In[sub 0.48]P) forms a heterojunction with a GaAs absorber layer. The conversion efficiency of the solar cell is at least 25.7%. The solar cell preferably includes a passivating layer between the substrate and the absorber layer. An anti-reflection coating is preferably disposed over the emitter layer. 1 fig.

  17. Thermal Management of Solar Cells

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    Saadah, Mohammed Ahmed

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Nanostructured Silicon- Based Solar Cells, 2013. X. C. Tong,heat exchangers, and solar cells," Sci-Tech News, vol. 65,in crystalline silicon solar cells," Renewable Energy, vol.

  18. Thermal Management of Solar Cells

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    Saadah, Mohammed Ahmed

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    D. Mills, "Cooling of photovoltaic cells under concentratedelectric performance of a photovoltaic cells by cooling andSolar Cell A photovoltaic cell is a semiconductor that

  19. Solar cell array interconnects

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    Carey, P.G.; Thompson, J.B.; Colella, N.J.; Williams, K.A.

    1995-11-14T23:59:59.000Z

    Electrical interconnects are disclosed for solar cells or other electronic components using a silver-silicone paste or a lead-tin (Pb-Sn) no-clean fluxless solder cream, whereby the high breakage of thin (<6 mil thick) solar cells using conventional solder interconnect is eliminated. The interconnects of this invention employs copper strips which are secured to the solar cells by a silver-silicone conductive paste which can be used at room temperature, or by a Pb-Sn solder cream which eliminates undesired residue on the active surfaces of the solar cells. Electrical testing using the interconnects of this invention has shown that no degradation of the interconnects developed under high current testing, while providing a very low contact resistance value. 4 figs.

  20. Solar cell array interconnects

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    Carey, Paul G. (Mountain View, CA); Thompson, Jesse B. (Brentwood, CA); Colella, Nicolas J. (Livermore, CA); Williams, Kenneth A. (Livermore, CA)

    1995-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Electrical interconnects for solar cells or other electronic components using a silver-silicone paste or a lead-tin (Pb-Sn) no-clean fluxless solder cream, whereby the high breakage of thin (<6 mil thick) solar cells using conventional solder interconnect is eliminated. The interconnects of this invention employs copper strips which are secured to the solar cells by a silver-silicone conductive paste which can be used at room temperature, or by a Pb-Sn solder cream which eliminates undesired residue on the active surfaces of the solar cells. Electrical testing using the interconnects of this invention has shown that no degradation of the interconnects developed under high current testing, while providing a very low contact resistance value.

  1. Photovoltaic solar cell

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    Nielson, Gregory N; Okandan, Murat; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis; Resnick, Paul J

    2013-11-26T23:59:59.000Z

    A photovoltaic solar cell for generating electricity from sunlight is disclosed. The photovoltaic solar cell comprises a plurality of spaced-apart point contact junctions formed in a semiconductor body to receive the sunlight and generate the electicity therefrom, the plurality of spaced-apart point contact junctions having a first plurality of regions having a first doping type and a second plurality of regions having a second doping type. In addition, the photovoltaic solar cell comprises a first electrical contact electrically connected to each of the first plurality of regions and a second electrical contact electrically connected to each of the second plurality of regions, as well as a passivation layer covering major surfaces and sidewalls of the photovoltaic solar cell.

  2. Photovoltaic solar cell

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    Nielson, Gregory N; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis; Okandan, Murat; Resnick, Paul J

    2014-05-20T23:59:59.000Z

    A photovoltaic solar cell for generating electricity from sunlight is disclosed. The photovoltaic solar cell comprises a plurality of spaced-apart point contact junctions formed in a semiconductor body to receive the sunlight and generate the electricity therefrom, the plurality of spaced-apart point contact junctions having a first plurality of regions having a first doping type and a second plurality of regions having a second doping type. In addition, the photovoltaic solar cell comprises a first electrical contact electrically connected to each of the first plurality of regions and a second electrical contact electrically connected to each of the second plurality of regions, as well as a passivation layer covering major surfaces and sidewalls of the photovoltaic solar cell.

  3. Solar Cells: Spin-Cast Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells: A Dynamical...

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    Solar Cells: Spin-Cast Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells: A Dynamical Investigation Solar Cells: Spin-Cast Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells: A Dynamical Investigation Print Wednesday,...

  4. Thermal Management of Solar Cells

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    Saadah, Mohammed Ahmed

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ratio of the solar cell output power to the incident lightpower to operate the fan. Natural cooling is preferred for solar

  5. Thermal Management of Solar Cells

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    Saadah, Mohammed Ahmed

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    is the ratio of the solar cell output power to the incidentmaximum power output at: The fill factor of a solar cell FFsolar cell temperature by about 15癈, which increases the output power

  6. Broad spectrum solar cell

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    Walukiewicz, Wladyslaw (Kensington, CA); Yu, Kin Man (Lafayette, CA); Wu, Junqiao (Richmond, CA); Schaff, William J. (Ithaca, NY)

    2007-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

    An alloy having a large band gap range is used in a multijunction solar cell to enhance utilization of the solar energy spectrum. In one embodiment, the alloy is In.sub.1-xGa.sub.xN having an energy bandgap range of approximately 0.7 eV to 3.4 eV, providing a good match to the solar energy spectrum. Multiple junctions having different bandgaps are stacked to form a solar cell. Each junction may have different bandgaps (realized by varying the alloy composition), and therefore be responsive to different parts of the spectrum. The junctions are stacked in such a manner that some bands of light pass through upper junctions to lower junctions that are responsive to such bands.

  7. EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    7/21/2010 1 EE580 颅 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser 路 Lecture 06 路 Solar Cell Materials & Structures 1Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 6: Solar Cells Solar Cell Technologies 路 A) Crystalline Silicon 路 B) Thin Film 路 C) Group III-IV Cells 2Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 6: Solar

  8. NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL

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    Phuyal, Dibya

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells based on Tio2Conversion by Dye-Sensitized Photovoltaic cells. InorganicConversion by Dye-Sensitized Photovoltaic Cells. Inorganic

  9. Monolithic tandem solar cell

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    Wanlass, M.W.

    1989-11-03T23:59:59.000Z

    It is an object of the invention to provide a monolithic tandem photovoltaic solar cell which is highly radiation resistant and efficient; in which the energy bandgap of the lower subcell can be tailored for specific applications; solar cell comprising layers of InP and GaInAsP (or GaInAs), where said photovoltaic cell is useful, for example, in space power applications; having an improved power-to-mass ratio; in which subcells are lattice-matches; and are both two terminal and three terminal monolithic tandem photovoltaic solar cells. To achieve the foregoing and other objects and in accordance with the purpose of the present invention, as embodied and broadly described herein, the monolithic tandem photovoltaic solar cell may comprise; (a) an InP substrate having an upper surface; (b) a first photoactive subcell on the upper surface of the InP substrate; wherein the first subcell comprises GaInAs (which could include GaInAsP) and includes a homojunction; and (c) a second photoactive subcell on the first subcell; wherein the second subcell comprises InP and includes a homojunction. The cell is described in detail. 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells

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    Yengel, Emre

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    electrodes for dye? sensitizedsolar燾ells. 燦anosolar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells. Figure 1-3 The

  11. Monolithic tandem solar cell

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    Wanlass, Mark W. (Golden, CO)

    1991-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A single-crystal, monolithic, tandem, photovoltaic solar cell is described which includes (a) an InP substrate having upper and lower surfaces, (b) a first photoactive subcell on the upper surface of the InP substrate, and (c) a second photoactive subcell on the first subcell. The first photoactive subcell is GaInAsP of defined composition. The second subcell is InP. The two subcells are lattice matched. The solar cell can be provided as a two-terminal device or a three-terminal device.

  12. Monolithic tandem solar cell

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    Wanlass, M.W.

    1991-05-28T23:59:59.000Z

    This patent describes a single-crystal, monolithic, tandem, photovoltaic solar cell which includes an InP substrate having an upper and lower surfaces, a first photoactive subcell on the upper surface of the InP substrate, and a second photoactive subcell on the first subcell. The first photovoltaic subcell is GaInAsP of defined composition. The second subcell is InP. The two subcells are lattice matched. The solar cell can be provided as a two- terminal device or a three-terminal device.

  13. EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    7/21/2010 1 EE580 颅 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser 路 Lecture 08 路 Solar Cell Characterization 1Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 8: Characterization Solar Cell Operation n Emitter p Base Rear completing the circuit 2Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 8: Characterization Solar Cell

  14. Nighttime solar cell

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    Parise, R.J.

    1998-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Currently photovoltaic (PV) cells convert solar energy into electrical energy at an efficiency of about 18%, with the maximum conversion rate taking place around noon on a cloudless day. In many applications, the PV cells are utilized to recharge a stand-by battery pack that provides electrical energy at night or on cloudy days. Increasing the utilization of the panel array area by producing electrical power at night will reduce the amount of required electrical energy storage for a given array size and increase system reliability. Thermoelectric generators (TEG) are solid state devices that convert thermal energy into electrical energy. Using the nighttime sky, or deep space, with an effective temperature of 3.5 K as a cold sink, the TEG presented here can produce electrical power at night. The hot junction is supplied energy by the ambient air temperature or some other warm temperature source. The cold junction of the TEG is insulated from the surroundings by a vacuum cell, improving its overall effectiveness. Combining the TEG with the PV cell, a unique solid state device is developed that converts electromagnetic radiant energy into usable electrical energy. The thermoelectric-photovoltaic (TEPV) cell, or the Nighttime Solar Cell, is a direct energy conversion device that produces electrical energy both at night and during the day.

  15. Bilevel contact solar cells

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    Sinton, R.A.

    1991-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This patent describes a solar cell. It comprises a body of semiconductor material having at least one P/N junction therein, the body including a front face having no electrodes thereon, and a bilevel elevation back face having at least one P-doped region at a first level interdigitated with at least one N-doped region at a second level, wherein the at least one P-doped region and the at least one N-doped region partially overlap to form at least one compensated region; and a positive electrode contacting the at lease one P-doped region and a negative electrode contacting the at least one N-doped region, both electrodes contacting the solar cell on the back face.

  16. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 91 (2007) 13881391 Bifacial configurations for CdTe solar cells

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    Romeo, Alessandro

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 91 (2007) 1388颅1391 Bifacial configurations for CdTe solar We present a different back contact for CdTe solar cell by the application of only a transparent that acts as a free-Cu stable back contact and at the same time allows to realize bifacial CdTe solar cells

  17. Enhanced electromechanical properties in all-polymer percolative composites

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    Li, Jiangyu

    Enhanced electromechanical properties in all-polymer percolative composites Jiang Yu Lia composite consisting of poly vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene- chlorotrifluoroethylene P VDF the dielectric constant and dielectric loss tangent of the composite in excellent agreement with experiments

  18. Superlattice cascade solar cell

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    Wanlass, M.W.; Blakeslee, A.E.

    1982-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This paper reports progress toward realization of a new cascade solar cell structure whose chief advantages over other present concepts are: use of silicon for the substrate and low bandgap cell; avoidance of the necessity of lattice matching; and incorporation of a GaAs/GaP superlattice to enhance efficiency and provide a low-resistance connecting junction. Details of the design and operation of an OMCVD system for growing this structure are presented. Results of experiments to optimize layer thickness, compositional uniformity, and surface morphology are described.

  19. Solar cell module lamination process

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    Carey, Paul G. (Mountain View, CA); Thompson, Jesse B. (Brentwood, CA); Aceves, Randy C. (Tracy, CA)

    2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A solar cell module lamination process using fluoropolymers to provide protection from adverse environmental conditions and thus enable more extended use of solar cells, particularly in space applications. A laminate of fluoropolymer material provides a hermetically sealed solar cell module structure that is flexible and very durable. The laminate is virtually chemically inert, highly transmissive in the visible spectrum, dimensionally stable at temperatures up to about 200.degree. C. highly abrasion resistant, and exhibits very little ultra-violet degradation.

  20. Monolithic tandem solar cell

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    Wanlass, Mark W. (Golden, CO)

    1994-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A single-crystal, monolithic, tandem, photovoltaic solar cell is described which includes (a) an InP substrate having upper and lower surfaces, (b) a first photoactive subcell on the upper surface of the InP substrate, (c) a second photoactive subcell on the first subcell; and (d) an optically transparent prismatic cover layer over the second subcell. The first photoactive subcell is GaInAsP of defined composition. The second subcell is InP. The two subcells are lattice matched.

  1. Monolithic tandem solar cell

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Wanlass, M.W.

    1994-06-21T23:59:59.000Z

    A single-crystal, monolithic, tandem, photovoltaic solar cell is described which includes (a) an InP substrate having upper and lower surfaces, (b) a first photoactive subcell on the upper surface of the InP substrate, (c) a second photoactive subcell on the first subcell; and (d) an optically transparent prismatic cover layer over the second subcell. The first photoactive subcell is GaInAsP of defined composition. The second subcell is InP. The two subcells are lattice matched. 9 figs.

  2. Thermal Management of Solar Cells.

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    Saadah, Mohammed Ahmed

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??The focus on solar cells as a source of photovoltaic energy is rapidly increasing nowadays. The amount of sun's energy entering earth surface in one (more)

  3. The challenges of organic polymer solar cells

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    Saif Addin, Burhan K. (Burhan Khalid)

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The technical and commercial prospects of polymer solar cells were evaluated. Polymer solar cells are an attractive approach to fabricate and deploy roll-to-roll processed solar cells that are reasonably efficient (total ...

  4. Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells

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    Yengel, Emre

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    W黵fel燩. 燩hysics爋fsolar燾ells:爁rom爌rinciples爐o爊ew爂eneration photovoltaics: solar cells for 2020 and燬pitzer MB. INDIUM?PHOSPHIDE SOLAR?CELLS MADE BY ION?

  5. Commercialization of Novel Organic Solar Cells

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    Kassegne, Samuel Kinde

    Commercialization of Novel Organic Solar Cells Master of Engineering Final Report Shanel C. Miller................................................................................................................... 12 2.1 How do Solar Cells Work?.................................................................................................. 12 2.2 Types of Solar Cells that Exist Today

  6. Nontoxic quantum dot research improves solar cells

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    Nontoxic quantum dot research improves solar cells Nontoxic quantum dot research improves solar cells Solar cells made with low-cost, nontoxic copper-based quantum dots can achieve...

  7. ELECTROSPUN POLYMER-FIBER SOLAR CELL.

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    Nagata, Shinobu

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??A study of fabricating the first electrospun polymer-fiber solar cell with MEHPPV is presented. Motivation for the work and a brief history of solar cell (more)

  8. Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells

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    such as those used in solar cells. This requires close monitoring to obtain reproducible solar cells. The polarization dependence of the spectra reveals the orientation of the...

  9. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 90 (2006) 664677 Invited article

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    Romeo, Alessandro

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 90 (2006) 664颅677 Invited article Recent developments in evaporated CdTe solar cells G. Khrypunova , A. Romeob , F. Kurdesauc , D.L. Ba篓 tznerd , H. Zogge , A Abstract Recent developments in the technology of high vacuum evaporated CdTe solar cells are reviewed

  10. Module level solutions to solar cell polarization

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    Xavier, Grace (Fremont, CA), Li; Bo (San Jose, CA)

    2012-05-29T23:59:59.000Z

    A solar cell module includes interconnected solar cells, a transparent cover over the front sides of the solar cells, and a backsheet on the backsides of the solar cells. The solar cell module includes an electrical insulator between the transparent cover and the front sides of the solar cells. An encapsulant protectively packages the solar cells. To prevent polarization, the insulator has resistance suitable to prevent charge from leaking from the front sides of the solar cells to other portions of the solar cell module by way of the transparent cover. The insulator may be attached (e.g., by coating) directly on an underside of the transparent cover or be a separate layer formed between layers of the encapsulant. The solar cells may be back junction solar cells.

  11. Un-Nanostructuring Solar Cells | ANSER Center | Argonne-Northwestern...

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    Un-Nanostructuring Solar Cells Home > Research > ANSER Research Highlights > Un-Nanostructuring Solar Cells...

  12. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 91 (2007) 15991610 Improving solar cell efficiency using photonic band-gap materials

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    Dowling, Jonathan P.

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 91 (2007) 1599颅1610 Improving solar cell efficiency using) solar energy conversion systems (or solar cells) are the most widely used power systems. However and reliable solar-cell devices is presented. We show that due their ability to modify the spectral and angular

  13. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    DOE supports research and development projects aimed at increasing the efficiency and lifetime of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Below are a list of current projects, summary of the benefits,...

  14. Solar cell with back side contacts

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    Nielson, Gregory N; Okandan, Murat; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis; Resnick, Paul J; Wanlass, Mark Woodbury; Clews, Peggy J

    2013-12-24T23:59:59.000Z

    A III-V solar cell is described herein that includes all back side contacts. Additionally, the positive and negative electrical contacts contact compoud semiconductor layers of the solar cell other than the absorbing layer of the solar cell. That is, the positive and negative electrical contacts contact passivating layers of the solar cell.

  15. EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    7/21/2010 1 EE580 颅 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser 路 Lecture 10 路 Summary 1Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 10: Summary Summer 2010 Class Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 10: Summary 2 Solar Cell Operation n Emitter p Base Rear Contact Antireflection coating Absorption of photon

  16. Nanocrystal Solar Cells

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    Gur, Ilan

    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    research on organic photovoltaic cells since small molecule10 years prior (4). Photovoltaic cells with an active layerof the associated photovoltaic cells. 2.4 Charge transport

  17. Solar cells with a twist Comments ( 35)

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    Rogers, John A.

    Solar cells with a twist Article Comments ( 35) JULIE STEENHUYSEN REUTERS OCTOBER 7, 2008 AT 9:58 AM EDT CHICAGO -- U.S. researchers have found a way to make efficient silicon-based solar cells of buildings as opportunities for solar energy," Prof. Rogers said in a telephone interview. Solar cells, which

  18. Solar-Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles

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    DeLuchi, Mark A.; Ogden, Joan M.

    1993-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    M. A. (1992). Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles. Re- koebensteinthan both. Solar-hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles wouldberegulation. Solar-Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles MarkA. DeLuchi

  19. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 78 (2003) 567595 Low-mobility solar cells: a device physics primer

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    Schiff, Eric A.

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 78 (2003) 567颅595 Low-mobility solar cells: a device physics, Syracuse, New York 13244-1130, USA Abstract The properties of pin solar cells based on photogeneration for the solar conversion efficiency of amorphous silicon-based cells that are limited by valence bandtail

  20. California: TetraCell Silicon Solar Cell Improves Efficiency...

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    California: TetraCell Silicon Solar Cell Improves Efficiency, Wins R&D 100 Award California: TetraCell Silicon Solar Cell Improves Efficiency, Wins R&D 100 Award August 16, 2013 -...

  1. Development of concentrator solar cells

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    Not Available

    1994-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A limited pilot production run on PESC silicon solar cells for use at high concentrations (200 to 400 suns) is summarized. The front contact design of the cells was modified for operation without prismatic covers. The original objective of the contract was to systematically complete a process consolidation phase, in which all the, process improvements developed during the contract would be combined in a pilot production run. This pilot run was going to provide, a basis for estimating cell costs when produced at high throughput. Because of DOE funding limitations, the Photovoltaic Concentrator Initiative is on hold, and Applied Solar`s contract was operated at a low level of effort for most of 1993. The results obtained from the reduced scope pilot run showed the effects of discontinuous process optimization and characterization. However, the run provided valuable insight into the technical areas that can be optimized to achieve the original goals of the contract.

  2. Oligo and Poly-thiophene/Zno Hybrid Nanowire Solar Cells

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    Briseno, Alejandro L.

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ZnO Hybrid Nanowire Solar Cells Alejandro L. Briseno, Thomashybrid single nanowire solar cell. End-functionalized oligo-Individual nanowire solar cell devices exhibited well-

  3. (Melanin-Sensitized Solar Cell) : 696220016

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    the majority dye-sensitized solar cell research all uses the Ruthenium-complex as a light harvester. Dye-sensitized solar cell, DSSC 1991Gr盲tzelDSSC[1] DSSCGr盲tzel cellDSSC polypyridyl complexes (Melanin-Sensitized Solar Cell) : : : 696220016 #12; #12;#12; #12;I PLD

  4. EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    7/21/2010 1 EE580 颅 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser 路 Lecture 05 路 P-N Junction 1Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 5: P-N Junction P-N Junction 路 Solar Cell is a large area P-N junction electron (hole) positive) 2Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 5: P-N Junction p-n Junction p n P

  5. Process of making solar cell module

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    Packer, M.; Coyle, P.J.

    1981-03-09T23:59:59.000Z

    A process is presented for the manufacture of solar cell modules. A solution comprising a highly plasticized polyvinyl butyral is applied to a solar cell array. The coated array is dried and sandwiched between at last two sheets of polyvinyl butyral and at least two sheets of a rigid transparent member. The sandwich is laminated by the application of heat and pressure to cause fusion and bonding of the solar cell array with the rigid transparent members to produce a solar cell module.

  6. Key Physical Mechanisms in Nanostructured Solar Cells

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    Dr Stephan Bremner

    2010-07-21T23:59:59.000Z

    The objective of the project was to study both theoretically and experimentally the excitation, recombination and transport properties required for nanostructured solar cells to deliver energy conversion efficiencies well in excess of conventional limits. These objectives were met by concentrating on three key areas, namely, investigation of physical mechanisms present in nanostructured solar cells, characterization of loss mechanisms in nanostructured solar cells and determining the properties required of nanostructured solar cells in order to achieve high efficiency and the design implications.

  7. EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    7/21/2010 1 EE580 颅 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser 路 Lecture 02 Microfabrication 颅 A combination 路 Photolithograpy 路 Depostion 路 Etching 1 Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 2: Microfabrication Flow Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 2: Microfabrication Questions 路 What is heat? 路 Heat

  8. EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    7/21/2010 1 EE580 颅 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser 路 Lecture 09 路 Photovoltaic Systems 1Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 9: PV Systems Several types of operating modes 路 Centralized power plant or wanted Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 9: PV Systems 2 Residential Side Mounted Montana

  9. Nanowire-based All Oxide Solar Cells

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    Yang, Peidong

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    7: 471. 6) Rai, B.P. Solar Cells, 1988, 25, 265. 7) Minami,1999, 2) Green, M.A. , Solar Cells, 1982, Prentice-Hall,of ZnO nanowire array used in solar cells, prior to Cu 2 O

  10. EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    7/21/2010 1 EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser Lecture 04 Semiconductor Materials Chapter 1 1Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 4: Semiconductor Materials Semiconductor Bond Model Bohr electrons interact to form bonds 2Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 4: Semiconductor Materials

  11. EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    7/21/2010 1 EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser Lecture 03 Nature of Sunlight 1Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 3: Nature of Sunlight Wave-Particle Duality Light acts as Waves University: Solar Cells Lecture 3: Nature of Sunlight Properties of Light Sunlight contains photons of many

  12. Core-Shell Nanopillar Array Solar Cells using Cadmium Sulfide Coating on Indium Phosphide Nanopillars

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    Tu, Bor-An Clayton

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Monocrystalline silicon solar cells, polycrystalline silicon solar cells, and amorphous silicon (thin-film) solar

  13. Ames Lab 101: Improving Solar Cell Efficiency

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    Biswas, Rana

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Rana Biswas, a scientist with the Ames Laboratory, discusses his team's research in creating more efficient solar cells and working with Iowa Thin Film to produce these cells.

  14. Ames Lab 101: Improving Solar Cell Efficiency

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    Biswas, Rana

    2012-08-29T23:59:59.000Z

    Rana Biswas, a scientist with the Ames Laboratory, discusses his team's research in creating more efficient solar cells and working with Iowa Thin Film to produce these cells.

  15. When Function Follows Form: Plastic Solar Cells | ANSER Center...

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    When Function Follows Form: Plastic Solar Cells Home > Research > ANSER Research Highlights > When Function Follows Form: Plastic Solar Cells...

  16. Optimized Designs and Materials for Nanostructure Based Solar Cells

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    Shao, Qinghui

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells, Nano Lett. 8 (electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells, Nano Letters 8,

  17. Mixed ternary heterojunction solar cell

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Chen, Wen S. (Seattle, WA); Stewart, John M. (Seattle, WA)

    1992-08-25T23:59:59.000Z

    A thin film heterojunction solar cell and a method of making it has a p-type layer of mixed ternary I-III-VI.sub.2 semiconductor material in contact with an n-type layer of mixed binary II-VI semiconductor material. The p-type semiconductor material includes a low resistivity copper-rich region adjacent the back metal contact of the cell and a composition gradient providing a minority carrier mirror that improves the photovoltaic performance of the cell. The p-type semiconductor material preferably is CuInGaSe.sub.2 or CuIn(SSe).sub.2.

  18. NANO REVIEW Enhancing Solar Cell Efficiencies through 1-D Nanostructures

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    Chen, Junhong

    include dye-sensitized solar cells, quantum- dot-sensitized solar cells, and p-n junction solar cells their efficiencies more practical. Now the third-generation solar cells, such as dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCsNANO REVIEW Enhancing Solar Cell Efficiencies through 1-D Nanostructures Kehan Yu ? Junhong Chen

  19. Compensated amorphous silicon solar cell

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    Devaud, Genevieve (629 S. Humphrey Ave., Oak Park, IL 60304)

    1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An amorphous silicon solar cell including an electrically conductive substrate, a layer of glow discharge deposited hydrogenated amorphous silicon over said substrate and having regions of differing conductivity with at least one region of intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon. The layer of hydrogenated amorphous silicon has opposed first and second major surfaces where the first major surface contacts the electrically conductive substrate and an electrode for electrically contacting the second major surface. The intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon region is deposited in a glow discharge with an atmosphere which includes not less than about 0.02 atom percent mono-atomic boron. An improved N.I.P. solar cell is disclosed using a BF.sub.3 doped intrinsic layer.

  20. Solar cells Improved Hybrid Solar Cells via in situ UV Polymerization

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    Sibener, Steven

    Solar cells Improved Hybrid Solar Cells via in situ UV Polymerization Sanja Tepavcevic, Seth B-enhanced solar energy conversion. By using this simple in situ UV polymerization method that couples mobility of the photoactive layer can be enhanced. 1. Introduction Hybrid solar cells have been developed

  1. Solar Cells, 3 (1981) 337 -340 337 HIGH EFFICIENCY BIFACIAL BACK SURFACE FIELD SOLAR CELLS

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    del Alamo, Jes煤s A.

    . CUEVAS, A. LUQUE, J. EGUREN and J. DEL ALAMO Instituto de Energia Solar, Escuela Tdcnica Superior deSolar Cells, 3 (1981) 337 - 340 337 HIGH EFFICIENCY BIFACIAL BACK SURFACE FIELD SOLAR CELLS A solar cells are presented. Effi- ciencies of 15.7% and 13.6% were measured under front and back air mass

  2. Detailed balance analysis of nanophotonic solar cells

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    Fan, Shanhui

    , "Demonstration of enhanced absorption in thin film si solar cells with textured photonic crystal back reflector. R. A. Pala, J. White, E. Barnard, J. Liu, and M. L. Brongersma, "Design of plasmonic thin-film solar of surface textures for thin-film si solar cells," Opt. Express 19, A841颅A850 (2011). 15. A. Raman, Z. Yu

  3. Three-junction solar cell

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Ludowise, Michael J. (Cupertino, CA)

    1986-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A photovoltaic solar cell is formed in a monolithic semiconductor. The cell contains three junctions. In sequence from the light-entering face, the junctions have a high, a medium, and a low energy gap. The lower junctions are connected in series by one or more metallic members connecting the top of the lower junction through apertures to the bottom of the middle junction. The upper junction is connected in voltage opposition to the lower and middle junctions by second metallic electrodes deposited in holes 60 through the upper junction. The second electrodes are connected to an external terminal.

  4. Spectral sensitization of nanocrystalline solar cells

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    Spitler, Mark T. (Concord, MA); Ehret, Anne (Malden, MA); Stuhl, Louis S. (Bedford, MA)

    2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This invention relates to dye sensitized polycrystalline photoelectrochemical solar cells for use in energy transduction from light to electricity. It concerns the utility of highly absorbing organic chromophores as sensitizers in such cells and the degree to which they may be utilized alone and in combination to produce an efficient photoelectrochemical cell, e.g., a regenerative solar cell.

  5. Solar Cell Modules With Improved Backskin

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Gonsiorawski, Ronald C. (Danvers, MA)

    2003-12-09T23:59:59.000Z

    A laminated solar cell module comprises a front light transmitting support, a plurality of interconnected solar cells encapsulated by a light-transmitting encapsulant material, and an improved backskin formed of an ionomer/nylon alloy. The improved backskin has a toughness and melting point temperature sufficiently great to avoid any likelihood of it being pierced by any of the components that interconnect the solar cells.

  6. Bypass diode for a solar cell

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Rim, Seung Bum (Palo Alto, CA); Kim, Taeseok (San Jose, CA); Smith, David D. (Campbell, CA); Cousins, Peter J. (Menlo Park, CA)

    2012-03-13T23:59:59.000Z

    Bypass diodes for solar cells are described. In one embodiment, a bypass diode for a solar cell includes a substrate of the solar cell. A first conductive region is disposed above the substrate, the first conductive region of a first conductivity type. A second conductive region is disposed on the first conductive region, the second conductive region of a second conductivity type opposite the first conductivity type.

  7. Improved monolithic tandem solar cell

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    Wanlass, M.W.

    1991-04-23T23:59:59.000Z

    A single-crystal, monolithic, tandem, photovoltaic solar cell is described which includes (a) an InP substrate having upper and lower surfaces, (b) a first photoactive subcell on the upper surf ace of the InP substrate, (c) a second photoactive subcell on the first subcell; and (d) an optically transparent prismatic cover layer over the second subcell. The first photoactive subcell is GaInAsP of defined composition. The second subcell is InP. The two subcells are lattice matched.

  8. Investigation of the Role of Trap States in Solar Cell Reliability using Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy

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    Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    organic, hybrid and dye sensitized solar cells took place insolar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells, solar inks using

  9. Very High Efficiency Solar Cell Modules

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    Barnett, A.; Kirkpatrick, D.; Honsberg, C.; Moore, D.; Wanlass, M.; Emery, K.; Schwartz, R.; Carlson, D.; Bowden, S.; Aiken, D.; Gray, A.; Kurtz, S.; Kazmerski, L., et al

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The Very High Efficiency Solar Cell (VHESC) program is developing integrated optical system - PV modules for portable applications that operate at greater than 50% efficiency. We are integrating the optical design with the solar cell design, and have entered previously unoccupied design space. Our approach is driven by proven quantitative models for the solar cell design, the optical design, and the integration of these designs. Optical systems efficiency with an optical efficiency of 93% and solar cell device results under ideal dichroic splitting optics summing to 42.7 {+-} 2.5% are described.

  10. Pennsylvania Company Develops Solar Cell Printing Technology

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The technology uses Plextronics conductive inks that can be printed by manufacturers worldwide to make solar cells, potentially as easily as they might print a newspaper.

  11. COLLOIDAL SEMICONDUCTOR NANOCRYSTALS BASED SOLAR CELLS

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    Tessler, Nir

    -II heterojunction bi-layer structure in solar-cells based on CdTe and CdSe nanocrystals. Submitted to ACS NANO. 2011

  12. Current and lattice matched tandem solar cell

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Olson, Jerry M. (Lakewood, CO)

    1987-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A multijunction (cascade) tandem photovoltaic solar cell device is fabricated of a Ga.sub.x In.sub.1-x P (0.505.ltoreq.X.ltoreq.0.515) top cell semiconductor lattice matched to a GaAs bottom cell semiconductor at a low-resistance heterojunction, preferably a p+/n+ heterojunction between the cells. The top and bottom cells are both lattice matched and current matched for high efficiency solar radiation conversion to electrical energy.

  13. Front contact solar cell with formed emitter

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    Cousins, Peter John

    2014-11-04T23:59:59.000Z

    A bipolar solar cell includes a backside junction formed by an N-type silicon substrate and a P-type polysilicon emitter formed on the backside of the solar cell. An antireflection layer may be formed on a textured front surface of the silicon substrate. A negative polarity metal contact on the front side of the solar cell makes an electrical connection to the substrate, while a positive polarity metal contact on the backside of the solar cell makes an electrical connection to the polysilicon emitter. An external electrical circuit may be connected to the negative and positive metal contacts to be powered by the solar cell. The positive polarity metal contact may form an infrared reflecting layer with an underlying dielectric layer for increased solar radiation collection.

  14. Front contact solar cell with formed emitter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Cousins, Peter John (Menlo Park, CA)

    2012-07-17T23:59:59.000Z

    A bipolar solar cell includes a backside junction formed by an N-type silicon substrate and a P-type polysilicon emitter formed on the backside of the solar cell. An antireflection layer may be formed on a textured front surface of the silicon substrate. A negative polarity metal contact on the front side of the solar cell makes an electrical connection to the substrate, while a positive polarity metal contact on the backside of the solar cell makes an electrical connection to the polysilicon emitter. An external electrical circuit may be connected to the negative and positive metal contacts to be powered by the solar cell. The positive polarity metal contact may form an infrared reflecting layer with an underlying dielectric layer for increased solar radiation collection.

  15. EELE408 Photovoltaics Lecture 10 Solar Cell Operation

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    @ece.montana.edu Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Montana State University - Bozeman P-N Junction Solar Cell of the number of carriers collected by the solar cell to the number of photons of a given energy incident energy is not utilized by the solar cell and instead goes to heating the solar cell 12 solar cell

  16. Method for processing silicon solar cells

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Tsuo, Y.S.; Landry, M.D.; Pitts, J.R.

    1997-05-06T23:59:59.000Z

    The instant invention teaches a novel method for fabricating silicon solar cells utilizing concentrated solar radiation. The solar radiation is concentrated by use of a solar furnace which is used to form a front surface junction and back-surface field in one processing step. The present invention also provides a method of making multicrystalline silicon from amorphous silicon. The invention also teaches a method of texturing the surface of a wafer by forming a porous silicon layer on the surface of a silicon substrate and a method of gettering impurities. Also contemplated by the invention are methods of surface passivation, forming novel solar cell structures, and hydrogen passivation. 2 figs.

  17. Method for processing silicon solar cells

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Tsuo, Y. Simon (Golden, CO); Landry, Marc D. (Lafayette, CO); Pitts, John R. (Lakewood, CO)

    1997-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The instant invention teaches a novel method for fabricating silicon solar cells utilizing concentrated solar radiation. The solar radiation is concentrated by use of a solar furnace which is used to form a front surface junction and back-surface field in one processing step. The present invention also provides a method of making multicrystallline silicon from amorphous silicon. The invention also teaches a method of texturing the surface of a wafer by forming a porous silicon layer on the surface of a silicon substrate and a method of gettering impurities. Also contemplated by the invention are methods of surface passivation, forming novel solar cell structures, and hydrogen passivation.

  18. Sensitized energy transfer for organic solar cells, optical solar concentrators, and solar pumped lasers

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    Reusswig, Philip David

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The separation of chromophore absorption and excitonic processes, such as singlet exciton fission and photoluminescence, offers several advantages to the design of organic solar cells and luminescent solar concentrators ...

  19. Si concentrator solar cell development. [Final report

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Krut, D.D. [Spectrolab, Inc., Sylmar, CA (United States)

    1994-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This is the final report of a program to develop a commercial, high-efficiency, low-cost concentrator solar cell compatible with Spectrolab`s existing manufacturing infrastructure for space solar cells. The period covered is between 1991 and 1993. The program was funded through Sandia National Laboratories through the DOE concentrator initiative and, was also cost shared by Spectrolab. As a result of this program, Spectrolab implemented solar cells achieving an efficiency of over 19% at 200 to 300X concentration. The cells are compatible with DOE guidelines for a cell price necessary to achieve a cost of electricity of 12 cents a kilowatthour.

  20. Low-Cost Photovoltaics: Luminescent Solar Concentrators And Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Leow, Shin Woei

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    1.6 Schematic of a solar panel with PV cells connected inand installation cost of solar panels and enhance PV cell1.6 Schematic of a solar panel with PV cells connected in

  1. Quantum Junction Solar Cells Jiang Tang,,

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    Quantum Junction Solar Cells Jiang Tang,, Huan Liu,, David Zhitomirsky, Sjoerd Hoogland, Xihua, 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering-type and p-type materials to create the first quantum junction solar cells. We present a family

  2. CRADA Final Report: Process development for hybrid solar cells

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    Ager, Joel W

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    development for hybrid solar cells Summary of the specific20 wafers with full tandem solar cell test structure perNitride/Silicon Tandem Solar Cell, Appl. Phys. Express 2

  3. Thermodynamics, Entropy, Information and the Efficiency of Solar Cells

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    Abrams, Zeev R.

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    91, 43. T. Markvart, Solar cell as a heat engine: energy朤iedje, Physical Limits to Solar Cell Efficiency, in EnergyThe Carnot Factor in Solar-Cell Theory. Solid State

  4. Optimized Designs and Materials for Nanostructure Based Solar Cells

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    Shao, Qinghui

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    the intermediate band solar cell under nonideal space chargeInGaP/GaAs tandem solar cells, Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 381 (band impact ionization and solar cell efficiency, J. Appl.

  5. Nanowire-based All Oxide Solar Cells

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    Yang*, Benjamin D. Yuhas and Peidong; Yang, Peidong

    2008-12-07T23:59:59.000Z

    We present an all-oxide solar cell fabricated from vertically oriented zinc oxide nanowires and cuprous oxide nanoparticles. Our solar cell consists of vertically oriented n-type zinc oxide nanowires, surrounded by a film constructed from p-type cuprous oxide nanoparticles. Our solution-based synthesis of inexpensive and environmentally benign oxide materials in a solar cell would allow for the facile production of large-scale photovoltaic devices. We found that the solar cell performance is enhanced with the addition of an intermediate oxide insulating layer between the nanowires and the nanoparticles. This observation of the important dependence of the shunt resistance on the photovoltaic performance is widely applicable to any nanowire solar cell constructed with the nanowire array in direct contact with one electrode.

  6. Silicon point contact concentrator solar cells

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    Sinton, R.A.; Kwark, Y.; Swirhun, S.; Swanson, R.M.

    1985-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Experimental results are presented for thin high resistivity concentrator silicon solar cells which use a back-side point-contact geometry. Cells of 130 and 233 micron thickness were fabricated and characterized. The thin cells were found to have efficiencies greater than 22 percent for incident solar intensities of 3 to 30 W/sq cm. Efficiency peaked at 23 percent at 11 W/sq cm measured at 22-25 C. Strategies for obtaining higher efficiencies with this solar cell design are discussed. 8 references.

  7. Coating for Silicon Solar Cell by Using Silvaco Software

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    A. Lennie; H. Abdullah; Z. M. Shila; M. A. Hannan

    efficiency of SiO 2/Si3N 4silicon solar cell. The solar cell structure was modelled by using Silvaco software

  8. Understanding Collection-Related Losses in Organic Solar Cells...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Understanding Collection-Related Losses in Organic Solar Cells Home > Research > ANSER Research Highlights > Understanding Collection-Related Losses in Organic Solar Cells...

  9. New Morphological Paradigm Uncovered in Organic Solar Cells

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    New Morphological Paradigm Uncovered in Organic Solar Cells Print Organic solar cells are made of light, flexible, renewable materials; they require simple and inexpensive...

  10. New Morphological Paradigm Uncovered in Organic Solar Cells

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    Paradigm Uncovered in Organic Solar Cells Print Wednesday, 27 April 2011 00:00 Organic solar cells are made of light, flexible, renewable materials; they require simple and...

  11. Advanced Materials and Nano Technology for Solar Cells

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    Han, Tao

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    MATERIALS AND NANO TECHNOLOGY FOR SOLAR CELLS A thesisADVANCED MATERIALS AND NANO TECHNOLOGY FOR SOLAR CELLS Insilicon layers. The technology to add the intrinsic layer

  12. Core-Shell Nanopillar Array Solar Cells using Cadmium Sulfide Coating on Indium Phosphide Nanopillars

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    Tu, Bor-An Clayton

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Monocrystalline silicon solar cells, polycrystalline silicon solar cells, and amorphous silicon (thin-film)

  13. Bypass diode for a solar cell

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Rim, Seung Bum; Kim, Taeseok; Smith, David D; Cousins, Peter J

    2013-11-12T23:59:59.000Z

    Methods of fabricating bypass diodes for solar cells are described. In once embodiment, a method includes forming a first conductive region of a first conductivity type above a substrate of a solar cell. A second conductive region of a second conductivity type is formed on the first conductive region. In another embodiment, a method includes forming a first conductive region of a first conductivity type above a substrate of a solar cell. A second conductive region of a second conductivity type is formed within, and surrounded by, an uppermost portion of the first conductive region but is not formed in a lowermost portion of the first conductive region.

  14. Heterojunction solar cell with passivated emitter surface

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Olson, J.M.; Kurtz, S.R.

    1994-05-31T23:59:59.000Z

    A high-efficiency heterojunction solar cell is described wherein a thin emitter layer (preferably Ga[sub 0.52]In[sub 0.48]P) forms a heterojunction with a GaAs absorber layer. A passivating window layer of defined composition is disposed over the emitter layer. The conversion efficiency of the solar cell is at least 25.7%. The solar cell preferably includes a passivating layer between the substrate and the absorber layer. An anti-reflection coating is preferably disposed over the window layer. 1 fig.

  15. Heterojunction solar cell with passivated emitter surface

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Olson, Jerry M. (Lakewood, CO); Kurtz, Sarah R. (Golden, CO)

    1994-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A high-efficiency heterojunction solar cell wherein a thin emitter layer (preferably Ga.sub.0.52 In.sub.0.48 P) forms a heterojunction with a GaAs absorber layer. A passivating window layer of defined composition is disposed over the emitter layer. The conversion efficiency of the solar cell is at least 25.7%. The solar cell preferably includes a passivating layer between the substrate and the absorber layer. An anti-reflection coating is preferably disposed over the window layer.

  16. Dye-sensitized solar cells

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Skotheim, Terje A. [Berkeley, CA

    1980-03-04T23:59:59.000Z

    A low-cost dye-sensitized Schottky barrier solar cell comprised of a substrate of semiconductor with an ohmic contact on one face, a sensitizing dye adsorbed onto the opposite face of the semiconductor, a transparent thin-film layer of a reducing agent over the dye, and a thin-film layer of metal over the reducing agent. The ohmic contact and metal layer constitute electrodes for connection to an external circuit and one or the other or both are made transparent to permit light to penetrate to the dye and be absorbed therein for generating electric current. The semiconductor material chosen to be the substrate is one having a wide bandgap and which therefore is transparent; the dye selected is one having a ground state within the bandgap of the semiconductor to generate carriers in the semiconductor, and a first excited state above the conduction band edge of the semiconductor to readily conduct electrons from the dye to the semiconductor; the reducing agent selected is one having a ground state above the ground state of the sensitizer to provide a plentiful source of electrons to the dye during current generation and thereby enhance the generation; and the metal for the thin-film layer of metal is selected to have a Fermi level in the vicinity of or above the ground state of the reducing agent to thereby amply supply electrons to the reducing agent.

  17. Dye-sensitized solar cells

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Skotheim, T.A.

    1980-03-04T23:59:59.000Z

    A low-cost dye-sensitized Schottky barrier solar cell is comprised of a substrate of semiconductor with an ohmic contact on one face, a sensitizing dye adsorbed onto the opposite face of the semiconductor, a transparent thin-film layer of a reducing agent over the dye, and a thin-film layer of metal over the reducing agent. The ohmic contact and metal layer constitute electrodes for connection to an external circuit and one or the other or both are made transparent to permit light to penetrate to the dye and be absorbed therein for generating electric current. The semiconductor material chosen to be the substrate is one having a wide bandgap and which therefore is transparent; the dye selected is one having a ground state within the bandgap of the semiconductor to generate carriers in the semiconductor, and a first excited state above the conduction band edge of the semiconductor to readily conduct electrons from the dye to the semiconductor; the reducing agent selected is one having a ground state above the ground state of the sensitizer to provide a plentiful source of electrons to the dye during current generation and thereby enhance the generation; and the metal for the thin-film layer of metal is selected to have a Fermi level in the vicinity of or above the ground state of the reducing agent to thereby amply supply electrons to the reducing agent. 3 figs.

  18. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 71 (2002) 261271 Photoelectric behavior of nanocrystalline TiO2

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    Huang, Yanyi

    . A sandwich-type solar cell fabricated by this dye-sensitized nanocrystalline TiO2 film generated 6:1 mA cm?2; Nanocrystalline TiO2; Dye sensitized solar cell; Terpyridyl ruthenium dyes; Photoelectrochemical solar cells unmatched performance in dye staff studied as solar cell sensitizer before 1997. Only recently, a black dye

  19. Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells

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    Yengel, Emre

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    conversion efficiency (PCE) by %16 and %30, respectively.it is demonstrated that the PCE of the graphene based solarpower conversion efficiency (PCE). PCE of a solar cell is

  20. Rational design of hybrid organic solar cells

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    Lentz, Levi (Levi Carl)

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    In this thesis, we will present a novel design for a nano-structured organic-inorganic hybrid photovoltaic material that will address current challenges in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic-based solar cell materials. ...

  1. Colloidal cluster phases and solar cells

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    Mailer, Alastair George

    2012-11-28T23:59:59.000Z

    The arrangement of soft materials through solution processing techniques is a topic of profound importance for next generation solar cells; the resulting morphology has a major influence on construction, performance and ...

  2. Texturization of multicrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Li, Dai-Yin

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A significant efficiency gain for crystalline silicon solar cells can be achieved by surface texturization. This research was directed at developing a low-cost, high-throughput and reliable texturing method that can create ...

  3. Microstructured surface design for omnidirectional antireflection coatings on solar cells

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    Zhou, Weidong

    to current crystalline silicon solar cells, as well as future thin film, quantum dot, and organic solar cells as the precise control of film thick- ness. In solar cell applications, a single layer thin film AR coating, e.g., silicon nitride SiNx thin film for silicon Si solar cells, is often used as a cost effective approach

  4. Hybrid Silicon Nanocone-Polymer Solar Cells Sangmoo Jeong,

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    Cui, Yi

    alternative energy solution. KEYWORDS: Nanotexture, solar cell, heterojunction, conductive polymer, light solar cell.1 Conventional Si solar cells have p-n junctions inside for an efficient extraction of lightHybrid Silicon Nanocone-Polymer Solar Cells Sangmoo Jeong, Erik C. Garnett, Shuang Wang, Zongfu Yu

  5. Development efforts on silicon solar cells

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    Sinton, R.A.; Swanson, R.M. (Stanford Univ., CA (United States))

    1992-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This report presents a summary of the major results from the silicon high-concentration solar cell program at Stanford University from the period 1983--1990. Following a detailed design study, efforts were focused upon experimental verification of the modeled results that predicted 28% efficiencies for a new 500X concentrator solar cell design. A history of the research progress is given detailing the critical experiments that enabled the demonstration of 19.6% cells in 1983, then subsequent improvements culminating in efficiencies over 28% by 1987. In addition to laboratory efficiency improvements, the report details advances in the understanding of the fundamental device physics and modeling of silicon solar cell operation. The latter stages of the program included the development of module-ready cells in large quantity for the EPRI prototype 500X concentrator modules. Several of these 48-cell modules are currently in the field under test.

  6. Limit of light coupling into solar cells

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    Naqavi, A; Ballif, C; Scharf, T; Herzig, H P

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    We introduce a limit for the strength of coupling light into the modes of solar cells. This limit depends on both a cell's thickness and its modal properties. For a cell with refractive index n and thickness d, we obtain a maximal coupling rate of 2c*sqrt(n^2-1)/d where c is speed of light. Our method can be used in the design of solar cells and in calculating their efficiency limits; besides, it can be applied to a broad variety of resonant phenomena and devices.

  7. NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL

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    Phuyal, Dibya

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    by Dye-Sensitized Photovoltaic cells. Inorganic Chemistry,by Dye-Sensitized Photovoltaic Cells. Inorganic ChemistryThe characteristics of a photovoltaic cell. Generally,

  8. Nanoscale Charge Transport in Excitonic Solar Cells

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    Venkat Bommisetty, South Dakota State University

    2011-06-23T23:59:59.000Z

    Excitonic solar cells, including all-organic, hybrid organic-inorganic and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), offer strong potential for inexpensive and large-area solar energy conversion. Unlike traditional inorganic semiconductor solar cells, where all the charge generation and collection processes are well understood, these excitonic solar cells contain extremely disordered structures with complex interfaces which results in large variations in nanoscale electronic properties and has a strong influence on carrier generation, transport, dissociation and collection. Detailed understanding of these processes is important for fabrication of highly efficient solar cells. Efforts to improve efficiency are underway at a large number of research groups throughout the world focused on inorganic and organic semiconductors, photonics, photophysics, charge transport, nanoscience, ultrafast spectroscopy, photonics, semiconductor processing, device physics, device structures, interface structure etc. Rapid progress in this multidisciplinary area requires strong synergetic efforts among researchers from diverse backgrounds. Such effort can lead to novel methods for development of new materials with improved photon harvesting and interfacial treatments for improved carrier transport, process optimization to yield ordered nanoscale morphologies with well defined electronic structures.

  9. Plastic Schottky-barrier solar cells

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    Waldrop, J.R.; Cohen, M.J.

    1981-12-30T23:59:59.000Z

    A photovoltaic cell structure is fabricated from an active medium including an undoped polyacetylene, organic semiconductor. When a film of such material is in rectifying contact with a metallic area electrode, a Schottky-barrier junction is obtained within the body of the cell structure. Also, a gold overlayer passivates a magnesium layer on the undoped polyacetylene film. With the proper selection and location of elements a photovoltaic cell structure and solar cell are obtained.

  10. NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL

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    Phuyal, Dibya

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    technologies. Silicon photovoltaic module cost have continuegeneration photovoltaic panels due to their low cost, easycost-efficient multiple junction solar devices with remarkably high efficiency should be the direction and objective of photovoltaic

  11. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 88 (2005) 6573 Investigation of pulsed non-melt laser annealing

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    Anderson, Timothy J.

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 88 (2005) 65颅73 Investigation of pulsed non-melt laser annealing on the film properties and performance of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells Xuege Wanga , Sheng S. Lia,?, C time to modify near- surface defects and related junction properties in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells

  12. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 75 (2003) 307312 Extreme radiation hardness and light-weighted

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    Woodall, Jerry M.

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 75 (2003) 307颅312 Extreme radiation hardness and light-weighted thin-film indium phosphide solar cell and its computer simulation Guohua Lia, *, Qingfen Yanga+ -i-p+ InP solar cell is developed. The total thickness of its epitaxial layer is only 0.22 mm

  13. * Corresponding author. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 58 (1999) 209}218

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    Romeo, Alessandro

    * Corresponding author. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 58 (1999) 209}218 A highly e solar cells based on the CdTe/CdS heterojunction still exhibits quite a few open problems$cient and stable CdTe/CdS thin "lm solar cell N. Romeo, A. Bosio, R. Tedeschi*, A. Romeo, V. Canevari Dipartimento

  14. Questions I will answer What is a solar cell?

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    McGehee, Michael

    grid 4 #12;5 #12;Solar panels on the Interna9onal Space Sta9on 6 #12;Area#12;Questions I will answer 路 What is a solar cell? 路 How are solar cells are solar cells made? 路 How do they work? 路 How efficient can they be? 路 How

  15. Investigating the efficiency of Silicon Solar cells at

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    Attari, Shahzeen Z.

    Investigating the efficiency of Silicon Solar cells at different temperatures and wavelengths to study the characteristics of silicon photovoltaic cells (solar cells). We vary the wavelength of light as well as the temperature of the solar cell to investigate how the open voltage across the cell varies

  16. Liquid cooled, linear focus solar cell receiver

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    Kirpich, Aaron S. (Broomall, PA)

    1985-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Separate structures for electrical insulation and thermal conduction are established within a liquid cooled, linear focus solar cell receiver for use with parabolic or Fresnel optical concentrators. The receiver includes a V-shaped aluminum extrusion having a pair of outer faces each formed with a channel receiving a string of solar cells in thermal contact with the extrusion. Each cell string is attached to a continuous glass cover secured within the channel with spring clips to isolate the string from the external environment. Repair or replacement of solar cells is effected simply by detaching the spring clips to remove the cover/cell assembly without interrupting circulation of coolant fluid through the receiver. The lower surface of the channel in thermal contact with the cells of the string is anodized to establish a suitable standoff voltage capability between the cells and the extrusion. Primary electrical insulation is provided by a dielectric tape disposed between the coolant tube and extrusion. Adjacent solar cells are soldered to interconnect members designed to accommodate thermal expansion and mismatches. The coolant tube is clamped into the extrusion channel with a releasably attachable clamping strip to facilitate easy removal of the receiver from the coolant circuit.

  17. High-efficiency concentrator silicon solar cells

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    Sinton, R.A.; Cuevas, A.; King, R.R.; Swanson, R.M. (Stanford Univ., CA (USA). Solid-State Electronics Lab.)

    1990-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This report presents results from extensive process development in high-efficiency Si solar cells. An advanced design for a 1.56-cm{sup 2} cell with front grids achieved 26% efficiency at 90 suns. This is especially significant since this cell does not require a prismatic cover glass. New designs for simplified backside-contact solar cells were advanced from a status of near-nonfunctionality to demonstrated 21--22% for one-sun cells in sizes up to 37.5 cm{sup 2}. An efficiency of 26% was achieved for similar 0.64-cm{sup 2} concentrator cells at 150 suns. More fundamental work on dopant-diffused regions is also presented here. The recombination vs. various process and physical parameters was studied in detail for boron and phosphorous diffusions. Emitter-design studies based solidly upon these new data indicate the performance vs design parameters for a variety of the cases of most interest to solar cell designers. Extractions of p-type bandgap narrowing and the surface recombination for p- and n-type regions from these studies have a generality that extends beyond solar cells into basic device modeling. 68 refs., 50 figs.

  18. Liquid cooled, linear focus solar cell receiver

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    Kirpich, A.S.

    1983-12-08T23:59:59.000Z

    Separate structures for electrical insulation and thermal conduction are established within a liquid cooled, linear focus solar cell receiver for use with parabolic or Fresnel optical concentrators. The receiver includes a V-shaped aluminum extrusion having a pair of outer faces each formed with a channel receiving a string of solar cells in thermal contact with the extrusion. Each cell string is attached to a continuous glass cover secured within the channel with spring clips to isolate the string from the external environment. Repair or replacement of solar cells is effected simply by detaching the spring clips to remove the cover/cell assembly without interrupting circulation of coolant fluid through the receiver. The lower surface of the channel in thermal contact with the cells of the string is anodized to establish a suitable standoff voltage capability between the cells and the extrusion. Primary electrical insulation is provided by a dielectric tape disposed between the coolant tube and extrusion. Adjacent solar cells are soldered to interconnect members designed to accommodate thermal expansion and mismatches. The coolant tube is clamped into the extrusion channel with a releasably attachable clamping strip to facilitate easy removal of the receiver from the coolant circuit.

  19. Method of restoring degraded solar cells

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    Staebler, D.L.

    1983-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Amorphous silicon solar cells have been shown to have efficiencies which degrade as a result of long exposure to light. Annealing such cells in air at a temperature of about 200 C for at least 30 minutes restores their efficiency. 2 figs.

  20. Method of restoring degraded solar cells

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    Staebler, David L. (Lawrenceville, NJ)

    1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Amorphous silicon solar cells have been shown to have efficiencies which degrade as a result of long exposure to light. Annealing such cells in air at a temperature of about 200.degree. C. for at least 30 minutes restores their efficiency.

  1. Method of fabricating a solar cell array

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    Lazzery, Angelo G. (Oaklyn, NJ); Crouthamel, Marvin S. (Pennsauken, NJ); Coyle, Peter J. (Oaklyn, NJ)

    1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A first set of pre-tabbed solar cells are assembled in a predetermined array with at least part of each tab facing upward, each tab being fixed to a bonding pad on one cell and abutting a bonding pad on an adjacent cell. The cells are held in place with a first vacuum support. The array is then inverted onto a second vacuum support which holds the tabs firmly against the cell pads they abut. The cells are exposed to radiation to melt and reflow the solder pads for bonding the tab portions not already fixed to bonding pads to these pads.

  2. The Kanatzidis - Chang Cell: dye sensitized all solid state solar...

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    The Kanatzidis - Chang Cell: dye sensitized all solid state solar cell Home > Research > ANSER Research Highlights > The Kanatzidis - Chang Cell: dye sensitized all solid state...

  3. Fabricating solar cells with silicon nanoparticles

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    Loscutoff, Paul; Molesa, Steve; Kim, Taeseok

    2014-09-02T23:59:59.000Z

    A laser contact process is employed to form contact holes to emitters of a solar cell. Doped silicon nanoparticles are formed over a substrate of the solar cell. The surface of individual or clusters of silicon nanoparticles is coated with a nanoparticle passivation film. Contact holes to emitters of the solar cell are formed by impinging a laser beam on the passivated silicon nanoparticles. For example, the laser contact process may be a laser ablation process. In that case, the emitters may be formed by diffusing dopants from the silicon nanoparticles prior to forming the contact holes to the emitters. As another example, the laser contact process may be a laser melting process whereby portions of the silicon nanoparticles are melted to form the emitters and contact holes to the emitters.

  4. Hybrid Solar Cells with Prescribed Nanoscale Morphologies Based on Hyperbranched Semiconductor Nanocrystals

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    Gur, Ilan; Fromer, Neil A.; Chen, Chih-Ping; Kanaras, Antonios G.; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells. Journal of PhysicalS. & Meissner, D. Hybrid solar cells based on nanoparticlesmodelling of organic solar cells: The dependence of internal

  5. Core-Shell Nanopillar Array Solar Cells using Cadmium Sulfide Coating on Indium Phosphide Nanopillars

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    Tu, Bor-An Clayton

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Nanocrystalline dye-sensitized solar cell/copper indium3, pp. M. Gr鋞zel, 揇ye-sensitized solar cells, Journal ofefficiency solar cell based on dye- sensitized colloidal

  6. EELE408 Photovoltaics Lecture 16: Silicon Solar Cell Fabrication Techniques

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    ;3 Screen Printed Solar Cells 路 Firing the contacts 颅 The furnace heats the cell to a high temperature by Efficiency 22 Rear Panel before Lamination 23 Buried Contact Solar Cells 路 High Efficiency 路 Laser groved1 EELE408 Photovoltaics Lecture 16: Silicon Solar Cell Fabrication Techniques Dr. Todd J. Kaiser

  7. Origami-enabled deformable silicon solar cells

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    Tang, Rui; Huang, Hai; Liang, Hanshuang; Liang, Mengbing [School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States); Tu, Hongen; Xu, Yong [Electrical and Computer Engineering, Wayne State University, 5050 Anthony Wayne Dr., Detroit, Michigan 48202 (United States); Song, Zeming; Jiang, Hanqing, E-mail: hanqing.jiang@asu.edu [School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States); Yu, Hongyu, E-mail: hongyu.yu@asu.edu [School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States); School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States)

    2014-02-24T23:59:59.000Z

    Deformable electronics have found various applications and elastomeric materials have been widely used to reach flexibility and stretchability. In this Letter, we report an alternative approach to enable deformability through origami. In this approach, the deformability is achieved through folding and unfolding at the creases while the functional devices do not experience strain. We have demonstrated an example of origami-enabled silicon solar cells and showed that this solar cell can reach up to 644% areal compactness while maintaining reasonable good performance upon cyclic folding/unfolding. This approach opens an alternative direction of producing flexible, stretchable, and deformable electronics.

  8. High throughput solar cell ablation system

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    Harley, Gabriel; Pass, Thomas; Cousins, Peter John; Viatella, John

    2012-09-11T23:59:59.000Z

    A solar cell is formed using a solar cell ablation system. The ablation system includes a single laser source and several laser scanners. The laser scanners include a master laser scanner, with the rest of the laser scanners being slaved to the master laser scanner. A laser beam from the laser source is split into several laser beams, with the laser beams being scanned onto corresponding wafers using the laser scanners in accordance with one or more patterns. The laser beams may be scanned on the wafers using the same or different power levels of the laser source.

  9. High throughput solar cell ablation system

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    Harley, Gabriel; Pass, Thomas; Cousins, Peter John; Viatella, John

    2014-10-14T23:59:59.000Z

    A solar cell is formed using a solar cell ablation system. The ablation system includes a single laser source and several laser scanners. The laser scanners include a master laser scanner, with the rest of the laser scanners being slaved to the master laser scanner. A laser beam from the laser source is split into several laser beams, with the laser beams being scanned onto corresponding wafers using the laser scanners in accordance with one or more patterns. The laser beams may be scanned on the wafers using the same or different power levels of the laser source.

  10. Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David; Cousins, Peter

    2012-12-04T23:59:59.000Z

    The formation of solar cell contacts using a laser is described. A method of fabricating a back-contact solar cell includes forming a poly-crystalline material layer above a single-crystalline substrate. The method also includes forming a dielectric material stack above the poly-crystalline material layer. The method also includes forming, by laser ablation, a plurality of contacts holes in the dielectric material stack, each of the contact holes exposing a portion of the poly-crystalline material layer; and forming conductive contacts in the plurality of contact holes.

  11. Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David D.; Cousins, Peter John

    2014-07-22T23:59:59.000Z

    The formation of solar cell contacts using a laser is described. A method of fabricating a back-contact solar cell includes forming a poly-crystalline material layer above a single-crystalline substrate. The method also includes forming a dielectric material stack above the poly-crystalline material layer. The method also includes forming, by laser ablation, a plurality of contacts holes in the dielectric material stack, each of the contact holes exposing a portion of the poly-crystalline materiat layer; and forming conductive contacts in the plurality of contact holes.

  12. Multi-junction solar cell device

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    Friedman, Daniel J. (Lakewood, CO); Geisz, John F. (Wheat Ridge, CO)

    2007-12-18T23:59:59.000Z

    A multi-junction solar cell device (10) is provided. The multi-junction solar cell device (10) comprises either two or three active solar cells connected in series in a monolithic structure. The multi-junction device (10) comprises a bottom active cell (20) having a single-crystal silicon substrate base and an emitter layer (23). The multi-junction device (10) further comprises one or two subsequent active cells each having a base layer (32) and an emitter layer (23) with interconnecting tunnel junctions between each active cell. At least one layer that forms each of the top and middle active cells is composed of a single-crystal III-V semiconductor alloy that is substantially lattice-matched to the silicon substrate (22). The polarity of the active p-n junction cells is either p-on-n or n-on-p. The present invention further includes a method for substantially lattice matching single-crystal III-V semiconductor layers with the silicon substrate (22) by including boron and/or nitrogen in the chemical structure of these layers.

  13. November 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 1 Solar Cells

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    Oregon, University of

    November 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 1 Solar Cells Prepared for the Oregon Million Solar Roofs Coalition By Frank Vignola University of Oregon Solar Radiation Monitoring Lab John Hocken South Eugene High School Gary Grace South Eugene High School In Schools #12;1 Solar Cells Lesson Plan Content

  14. Electrical overstress failure in silicon solar cells

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    Pease, R.L.; Barnum, J.R.; van Lint, V.A.J.; Vulliet, W.V.; Wrobel, T.F.

    1982-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A solar-cell electrical-overstress-failure model and the results of experimental measurements of threshold pulsed failure currents on four types of silicon solar cells are presented. The transient EMP field surrounding a lightning stroke has been identified as a potential threat to a photovoltaic array, yet failure analysis of solar cells in a pulsed environment had not previously been reported. Failure in the low-resistivity concentrator cells at pulse widths between 1 ..mu..s and 1 ms occurred initially in the junction. Finger damage in the form of silver melting occurs at currents only slightly greater than that required for junction damage. The result of reverse-bias transient-overstress tests on high-resistivity (10 ..cap omega..cm) cells demonstrated that the predominant failure mode was due to edge currents. These flat-plate cells failed at currents of only 4 to 20 A, which is one or two orders of magnitude below the model predictions. It thus appears that high-resistivity flat-plate cells are quite vulnerable to electrical overstress which could be produced by a variety of mechanisms.

  15. Plastic Schottky barrier solar cells

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    Waldrop, James R. (Thousand Oaks, CA); Cohen, Marshall J. (Thousand Oaks, CA)

    1984-01-24T23:59:59.000Z

    A photovoltaic cell structure is fabricated from an active medium including an undoped, intrinsically p-type organic semiconductor comprising polyacetylene. When a film of such material is in rectifying contact with a magnesium electrode, a Schottky-barrier junction is obtained within the body of the cell structure. Also, a gold overlayer passivates the magnesium layer on the undoped polyacetylene film.

  16. Photovoltaic nanocrystal scintillators hybridized on Si solar cells

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    Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    Photovoltaic nanocrystal scintillators hybridized on Si solar cells for enhanced conversion@bilkent.edu.tr Abstract: We propose and demonstrate semiconductor nanocrystal based photovoltaic scintillators integrated on solar cells to enhance photovoltaic device parameters including spectral responsivity, open circuit

  17. High temperature investigations of crystalline silicon solar cell materials

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    Hudelson, George David Stephen, III

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Crystalline silicon solar cells are a promising candidate to provide a sustainable, clean energy source for the future. In order to bring about widespread adoption of solar cells, much work is needed to reduce their cost. ...

  18. Metal electrode for amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Williams, Richard (Princeton, NJ)

    1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An amorphous silicon solar cell having an N-type region wherein the contact to the N-type region is composed of a material having a work function of about 3.7 electron volts or less. Suitable materials include strontium, barium and magnesium and rare earth metals such as gadolinium and yttrium.

  19. EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    颅 Unleashes electrical energy 颅 Unpredictable 颅 Destructive 路 Harnesses electrical energy for human路 Harnesses of Electrical Principles 路 Electric Charge 路 Electric Current 路 Electric Fields 路 Electric Potential Difference University: Solar Cells Lecture 7: EE Fundamentals Electric Potential Difference (Voltage) 路 Charges

  20. Method of fabricating a solar cell

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    Pass, Thomas; Rogers, Robert

    2014-02-25T23:59:59.000Z

    Methods of fabricating solar cells are described. A porous layer may be formed on a surface of a substrate, the porous layer including a plurality of particles and a plurality of voids. A solution may be dispensed into one or more regions of the porous layer to provide a patterned composite layer. The substrate may then be heated.

  1. Assessing Possibilities & Limits for Solar Cells

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    Nayak, Pabitra K; Cahen, David

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    What are the solar cell efficiencies that we can strive towards? We show here that several simple criteria, based on cell and module performance data, serve to evaluate and compare all types of today's solar cells. Analyzing these data allows to gauge in how far significant progress can be expected for the various cell types and, most importantly from both the science and technology points of view, if basic bounds, beyond those known today, may exist, that can limit such progress. This is important, because half a century after Shockley and Queisser (SQ) presented limits, based on detailed balance calculations for single absorber solar cells, those are still held to be the only ones, we need to consider; most efforts to go beyond SQ are directed towards attempts to circumvent them, primarily via smart optics, or optoelectronics. After formulating the criteria and analyzing known loss mechanisms, use of such criteria suggests - additional limits for newer types of cells, Organic and Dye-Sensitized ones, and th...

  2. Flexible thermal cycle test equipment for concentrator solar cells

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    Hebert, Peter H. (Glendale, CA); Brandt, Randolph J. (Palmdale, CA)

    2012-06-19T23:59:59.000Z

    A system and method for performing thermal stress testing of photovoltaic solar cells is presented. The system and method allows rapid testing of photovoltaic solar cells under controllable thermal conditions. The system and method presents a means of rapidly applying thermal stresses to one or more photovoltaic solar cells in a consistent and repeatable manner.

  3. ZnO Nanotube Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    ZnO Nanotube Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Alex B. F. Martinson,, Jeffrey W. Elam, Joseph T templated by anodic aluminum oxide for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Atomic layer deposition of the best dye- sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is the product of a dye with moderate extinction

  4. Solar Cells DOI: 10.1002/anie.200904492

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    Wang, Zhong L.

    * Renewable and green energy are the technological drivers of the future economy. Solar cells (SCs) are one-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) that have a significantly enhanced energy conversion efficiency. The ZnO NWs grow. This research demonstrates a new approach from 2D to 3D solar cells with advantages of high efficiency, expanded

  5. Light Trapping in Solar Cells Using Resonant Nanostructures P. Spinelli

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    van Rooij, Robert

    Light Trapping in Solar Cells Using Resonant Nanostructures P. Spinelli #12;Summary Photovoltaics solar cell is reduced, due to incomplete absorption of light. In this thesis, we investigate new ways of enhancing light absorption in Si solar cells by using nanostructures that show resonant interaction

  6. Solar cell efficiency enhancement via light trapping in printable resonant

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    Atwater, Harry

    Solar cell efficiency enhancement via light trapping in printable resonant dielectric nanosphere for addressing the key challenge of light trapping in thin-film solar cells. We experimentally and theoretically the absorber, junction, and passivation layers. Recently, a number of innovative solar cell light

  7. Dielectric nanostructures for broadband light trapping in organic solar cells

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    Fan, Shanhui

    Dielectric nanostructures for broadband light trapping in organic solar cells Aaswath Raman, Zongfu light trapping configuration for thin-film solar cells," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 243501 (2007). 8. M@stanford.edu Abstract: Organic bulk heterojunction solar cells are a promising candidate for low-cost next

  8. Plasmonic Nanostructure Design for Efficient Light Coupling into Solar Cells

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    Atwater, Harry

    Plasmonic Nanostructure Design for Efficient Light Coupling into Solar Cells Vivian E. Ferry, Luke in thin film solar cells. In particular, the ability of plasmonic structures to localize light sunlight into guided modes in thin film Si and GaAs plasmonic solar cells whose back interface is coated

  9. Solar cell efficiency enhancement via light trapping in printable resonant

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    Grandidier, Jonathan

    Solar cell efficiency enhancement via light trapping in printable resonant dielectric nanosphere for addressing the key challenge of light trapping in thin-film solar cells. We experimentally and theoretically, photovoltaics, resonant dielectric structures, solar cells * Corresponding author: e-mail jgrandid

  10. 27. 5-percent silicon concentrator solar cells

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    Sinton, R.A.; Kwark, Y.; Gan, J.Y.; Swanson, R.M.

    1986-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Recent advances in silicon solar cells using the backside point-contact configuration have been extended resulting in 27.5-percent efficiencies at 10 W/sq cm (100 suns, 24 C), making these the most efficient solar cells reported to date. The one-sun efficiencies under an AM1.5 spectrum normalized to 100 mW/sq cm are 22 percent at 24 C based on the design area of the concentrator cell. The improvements reported here are largely due to the incorportation of optical light trapping to enhance the absorption of weakly absorbed near bandgap light. These results approach the projected efficiencies for a mature technology which are 23-24 percent at one sun and 29 percent in the 100-350-sun (10-35 W/sq cm) range. 10 references.

  11. Nanopillar Photovoltaics: Photon Management and Junction Engineering for Next-Generation Solar Cells

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    Mariani, Giacomo

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    plasmon-enhanced dye- sensitized solar cells through metalnanostructure- based or dye-sensitized solar cells represent

  12. Method of fabricating a solar cell with a tunnel dielectric layer

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    Dennis, Tim; Harrington, Scott; Manning, Jane; Smith, David; Waldhauer, Ann

    2012-12-18T23:59:59.000Z

    Methods of fabricating solar cells with tunnel dielectric layers are described. Solar cells with tunnel dielectric layers are also described.

  13. Method of fabricating a solar cell with a tunnel dielectric layer

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    Dennis, Tim; Harrington, Scott; Manning, Jane; Smith, David D; Waldhauer, Ann

    2014-04-29T23:59:59.000Z

    Methods of fabricating solar cells with tunnel dielectric layers are described. Solar cells with tunnel dielectric layers are also described.

  14. Deng & Schiff, Amorphous Silicon Based Solar Cells rev. 7/30/2002, Page 1 Amorphous Silicon Based Solar Cells

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    Deng, Xunming

    Deng & Schiff, Amorphous Silicon Based Solar Cells rev. 7/30/2002, Page 1 Amorphous Silicon Based Solar Cells Xunming Deng and Eric A. Schiff Table of Contents 1 Overview 3 1.1 Amorphous Silicon: The First Bipolar Amorphous Semiconductor 3 1.2 Designs for Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells: A Guided Tour 6

  15. ELEG620: Solar Electric Systems University of Delaware, ECE Spring 2008 C. Honsberg Solar Cell Operation

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    Honsberg, Christiana

    is lost as heat. energy Eg 2 31 Absorption process #12;ELEG620: Solar Electric Systems UniversityELEG620: Solar Electric Systems University of Delaware, ECE Spring 2008 C. Honsberg Solar Cell and shunt resistance). #12;ELEG620: Solar Electric Systems University of Delaware, ECE Spring 2008 C

  16. E-Print Network 3.0 - area solar cells Sample Search Results

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    << < 1 2 3 4 5 > >> 1 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Hamburg, Germany, Sept. 2009 THE BURIED EMITTER SOLAR CELL CONCEPT Summary: back contacted solar cell...

  17. Compensated amorphous-silicon solar cell

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    Devaud, G.

    1982-06-21T23:59:59.000Z

    An amorphous silicon solar cell including an electrically conductive substrate, a layer of glow discharge deposited hydrogenated amorphous silicon having regions of differing conductivity with at least one region of intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon. The layer of hydrogenated amorphous silicon has opposed first and second major surfaces where the first major surface contacts the elecrically conductive substrate and an electrode for electrically contacting the second major surface. The intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon region is deposited in a glow discharge with an atmosphere which includes not less than about 0.02 atom percent mono-atomic boron. An improved N.I.P. solar cell is disclosed using a BF/sub 3/ doped intrinsic layer.

  18. Green Solar In 2009 researchers at Berkeley helped shift research into new solar cell materials by

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    Iglesia, Enrique

    Green Solar In 2009 researchers at Berkeley helped shift research into new solar cell materials颅2077). Given the proposed scales of PV adoption, the health and environmental impacts of PV technology should also be considered. This project would examine the proposed solar cell materials and designs and create

  19. US polycrystalline thin film solar cells program

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    Ullal, H.S.; Zweibel, K.; Mitchell, R.L. (Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA)) [Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA)

    1989-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The Polycrystalline Thin Film Solar Cells Program, part of the United States National Photovoltaic Program, performs R D on copper indium diselenide and cadmium telluride thin films. The objective of the Program is to support research to develop cells and modules that meet the US Department of Energy's long-term goals by achieving high efficiencies (15%-20%), low-cost ($50/m{sup 2}), and long-time reliability (30 years). The importance of work in this area is due to the fact that the polycrystalline thin-film CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells and modules have made rapid advances. They have become the leading thin films for PV in terms of efficiency and stability. The US Department of Energy has increased its funding through an initiative through the Solar Energy Research Institute in CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe with subcontracts to start in Spring 1990. 23 refs., 5 figs.

  20. WORKING QUANTUM EFFICIENCY OF CDTE SOLAR CELL Zimeng Cheng

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    in -Si thin film solar cells because there are more defects and surface effects. Figure 1. The diode darkWORKING QUANTUM EFFICIENCY OF CDTE SOLAR CELL Zimeng Cheng 1 , Kwok Lo 2 , Jingong Pan 1 , Dongguo Chen 1 , Tao Zhou 2 , Qi Wang 3 , George E. Georgiou 1 , Ken K. Chin 1 1 Apollo CdTe Solar Energy

  1. Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells

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    Yengel, Emre

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    logistical problems associated with solar energy. One of theor environmental problems. 1.2 Solar Energy As being thephotovoltaic solar energy all suffer from the problem of not

  2. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 71 (2002) 511522 In situ Raman spectroscopy of the

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    Nabben, Reinhard

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 71 (2002) 511颅522 In situ Raman spectroscopy. In this situation, a low energy excitation (e.g. visible light) is needed to excite an electron to a neighboring

  3. Evaluation of concentration solar cells for terrestrial applications

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    An, Tao, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Solar energy has become a hot prospect for the future replacement of fossil fuels, which have limited reserves and cause environmental problems. Solar cell is such a device to directly generate electricity from this clean ...

  4. Optimized Designs and Materials for Nanostructure Based Solar Cells

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    Shao, Qinghui

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    efficiency of solar panels and power to weight ratio insolar cells, there exist two basic processes to convert sunlight power topower to a load connected when charged by Sun. The typical output voltage of a silicon based solar

  5. Solar module having reflector between cells

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    Kardauskas, Michael J. (Billerica, MA)

    1999-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A photovoltaic module comprising an array of electrically interconnected photovoltaic cells disposed in a planar and mutually spaced relationship between a light-transparent front cover member in sheet form and a back sheet structure is provided with a novel light-reflecting means disposed between adjacent cells for reflecting light falling in the areas between cells back toward said transparent cover member for further internal reflection onto the solar cells. The light-reflecting comprises a flexible plastic film that has been embossed so as to have a plurality of small V-shaped grooves in its front surface, and a thin light-reflecting coating on said front surface, the portions of said coating along the sides of said grooves forming light-reflecting facets, said grooves being formed so that said facets will reflect light impinging thereon back into said transparent cover sheet with an angle of incidence greater than the critical angle, whereby substantially all of the reflected light will be internally reflected from said cover sheet back to said solar modules, thereby increasing the current output of the module.

  6. TRANSPARENT COATINGS FOR SOLAR CELLS RESEARCH

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    Glatkowski, P.J.; Landis, D.A.

    2013-04-16T23:59:59.000Z

    Todays solar cells are fabricated using metal oxide based transparent conductive coatings (TCC) or metal wires with optoelectronic performance exceeding that currently possible with Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based TCCs. The motivation for replacing current TCC is their inherent brittleness, high deposition cost, and high deposition temperatures; leading to reduced performance on thin substrates. With improved processing, application and characterization techniques Nanofiber and/or CNT based TCCs can overcome these shortcomings while offering the ability to be applied in atmospheric conditions using low cost coating processes At todays level of development, CNT based TCC are nearing commercial use in touch screens, some types of information displays (i.e. electronic paper), and certain military applications. However, the resistivity and transparency requirements for use in current commercial solar cells are more stringent than in many of these applications. Therefore, significant research on fundamental nanotube composition, dispersion and deposition are required to reach the required performance commanded by photovoltaic devices. The objective of this project was to research and develop transparent conductive coatings based on novel nanomaterial composite coatings, which comprise nanotubes, nanofibers, and other nanostructured materials along with binder materials. One objective was to show that these new nanomaterials perform at an electrical resistivity and optical transparency suitable for use in solar cells and other energy-related applications. A second objective was to generate new structures and chemistries with improved resistivity and transparency performance. The materials also included the binders and surface treatments that facilitate the utility of the electrically conductive portion of these composites in solar photovoltaic devices. Performance enhancement venues included: CNT purification and metallic tube separation techniques, chemical doping, CNT patterning and alignment, advances in commercial and research materials and field effect schemes. In addition, Eikos continued to develop improved efficiency coating materials and transfer methods suitable for batch and continuous roll-to-roll fabrication requirements. Finally, Eikos collaborated with NREL and the PV-community at large in fabricating and characterizing Invisicon???庐 enabled solar cells.

  7. Solare Cell Roof Tile And Method Of Forming Same

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    Hanoka, Jack I. (Brookline, MA); Real, Markus (Oberberg, CH)

    1999-11-16T23:59:59.000Z

    A solar cell roof tile includes a front support layer, a transparent encapsulant layer, a plurality of interconnected solar cells and a backskin layer. The front support layer is formed of light transmitting material and has first and second surfaces. The transparent encapsulant layer is disposed adjacent the second surface of the front support layer. The interconnected solar cells has a first surface disposed adjacent the transparent encapsulant layer. The backskin layer has a first surface disposed adjacent a second surface of the interconnected solar cells, wherein a portion of the backskin layer wraps around and contacts the first surface of the front support layer to form the border region. A portion of the border region has an extended width. The solar cell roof tile may have stand-offs disposed on the extended width border region for providing vertical spacing with respect to an adjacent solar cell roof tile.

  8. Valuing the Time-Varying Electricity Production of Solar Photovoltaic Cells

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Production of Solar Photovoltaic Cells Severin BorensteinProduction of Solar Photovoltaic Cells Severin Borenstein 1concerns is so- lar photovoltaic cells (PVs), which capture

  9. Investigation of the Role of Trap States in Solar Cell Reliability using Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy

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    Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of degradation of solar cells, since a material structure,higher effect on the solar cell抯 stability and performance.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cell_efficiency, accessed 10) J.

  10. Enhancing solar cells with plasmonic nanovoids

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    Lal, Niraj Narsey

    2012-07-03T23:59:59.000Z

    E (2.13) Here m? is an approximation of the effective mass of each electron incor- porating the effects of the lattice potential and electron-electron interactions alongside ? the characteristic damping term. Considering a harmonic in- cident electric... of plasmonic electric field enhance- ments at 3.3 eV (a) and 2.5 eV (b) in spherical silver nanovoids surrounded by a non-absorbing dielectric. Nanovoid plasmonic solar cells are placed on top of these silver structures, harnessing the electric field...

  11. Method of fabricating bifacial tandem solar cells

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    Wojtczuk, Steven J; Chiu, Philip T; Zhang, Xuebing; Gagnon, Edward; Timmons, Michael

    2014-10-07T23:59:59.000Z

    A method of fabricating on a semiconductor substrate bifacial tandem solar cells with semiconductor subcells having a lower bandgap than the substrate bandgap on one side of the substrate and with subcells having a higher bandgap than the substrate on the other including, first, growing a lower bandgap subcell on one substrate side that uses only the same periodic table group V material in the dislocation-reducing grading layers and bottom subcells as is present in the substrate and after the initial growth is complete and then flipping the substrate and growing the higher bandgap subcells on the opposite substrate side which can be of different group V material.

  12. Boosting Accuracy of Testing Multijunction Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2015-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This NREL Highlight describes research into a more precise technology for measuring efficiency of concentrating solar cells, which will enable the industry to advance.

  13. Solution-Processed Solar Cells using Colloidal Quantum Dots ...

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    physical understanding, and performance-oriented engineering of colloidal quantum dot solar cells and light sensors. Bio: Ted Sargent received the B.Sc.Eng. (Engineering...

  14. Putting together the full solar tandem cell | Center for Bio...

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    Center News Research Highlights Center Research News Media about Center Center Video Library Bisfuel Picture Gallery Putting together the full solar tandem cell 24 Oct 2012 Ben...

  15. arsenide solar cells: Topics by E-print Network

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    Pankaj J Edla; Dr. Bhupendra Gupta 92 Fully Solution-Processed Copper Chalcopyrite Thin Film Solar Cells: Materials Chemistry, Processing, and Device Physics University of...

  16. arsenide solar cell: Topics by E-print Network

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    Pankaj J Edla; Dr. Bhupendra Gupta 92 Fully Solution-Processed Copper Chalcopyrite Thin Film Solar Cells: Materials Chemistry, Processing, and Device Physics University of...

  17. alloy solar cells: Topics by E-print Network

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    Pankaj J Edla; Dr. Bhupendra Gupta 91 Fully Solution-Processed Copper Chalcopyrite Thin Film Solar Cells: Materials Chemistry, Processing, and Device Physics University of...

  18. Simple Method Quantifies Recombination Pathways in Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2013-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    NREL's analytic equation uses open-circuit voltage data to determine how much recombination occurs via different channels in a solar cell.

  19. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 77 (2003) 319330 Structure and photoelectrochemical properties

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    Huang, Yanyi

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 77 (2003) 319颅330 Letters Structure and photoelectrochemical a promis- ing strategy for solar energy conversion, with energy conversion efficiency as high monochromatic photon to current conversion efficiency, overall energy conversion yield (Z) and transient

  20. An Overview of Solar Cell Technology Mike McGehee

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    McGehee, Michael

    An Overview of Solar Cell Technology Mike McGehee Materials Science and Engineering Global ClimateWatt and Evergreen Solar went bankrupt Jon Stewart, The Daily Show Solyndra, SpectraWatt and Evergreen Solar went provide 20 % of that. It takes a panel rated at 5 W, to average 1 W of power through the day and year, sog

  1. Efficiency limits of quantum well solar cells

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    Connolly, J P; Barnham, K W J; Bushnell, D B; Tibbits, T N D; Roberts, J S

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The quantum well solar cell (QWSC) has been proposed as a flexible means to ensuring current matching for tandem cells. This paper explores the further advantage afforded by the indication that QWSCs operate in the radiative limit because radiative contribution to the dark current is seen to dominate in experimental data at biases corresponding to operation under concentration. The dark currents of QWSCs are analysed in terms of a light and dark current model. The model calculates the spectral response (QE) from field bearing regions and charge neutral layers and from the quantum wells by calculating the confined densities of states and absorption coefficient, and solving transport equations analytically. The total dark current is expressed as the sum of depletion layer and charge neutral radiative and non radiative currents consistent with parameter values extracted from QE fits to data. The depletion layer dark current is a sum of Shockley-Read-Hall non radiative, and radiative contributions. The charge neu...

  2. Reducing the Cost of Solar Cells

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    Scanlon, B.

    2012-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Solar-powered electricity prices could soon approach those of power from coal or natural gas thanks to collaborative research with solar startup Ampulse Corporation at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Silicon wafers account for almost half the cost of today's solar photovoltaic panels, so reducing or eliminating wafer costs is essential to bringing prices down. Current crystalline silicon technology converts energy in a highly efficient manner; however, that technology is manufactured with processes that could stand some improvement. The industry needs a method that is less complex, creates less waste and uses less energy. First, half the refined silicon is lost as dust in the wafer-sawing process, driving module costs higher. Wafers are sawn off of large cylindrical ingots, or boules, of silicon. A typical 2-meter boule loses as many as 6,000 potential wafers during sawing. Second, the wafers produced are much thicker than necessary. To efficiently convert sunlight into electricity, the wafers need be only one-tenth the typical thickness. NREL, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Ampulse have partnered on an approach to eliminate this waste and dramatically lower the cost of the finished solar panels. By using a chemical vapor deposition process to grow the silicon on inexpensive foil, Ampulse is able to make the solar cells just thick enough to convert most of the solar energy into electricity. No more sawdust - and no more wasting refined silicon materials. NREL developed the technology to grow high-quality silicon and ORNL developed the metal foil that has the correct crystal structure to support that growth. Ampulse is installing a pilot manufacturing line in NREL's Process Development Integration Laboratory, where solar companies can work closely with lab scientists on integrated equipment to answer pressing questions related to their technology development, as well as rapidly overcoming R and D challenges and risk. NREL's program is focused on transformative innovation in the domestic PV industry. With knowledge and expertise acquired from the PDIL pilot production line tools, Ampulse plans to design a full-scale production line to accommodate long rolls of metal foil. The Ampulse process 'goes straight from pure silicon-containing gas to high-quality crystal silicon film,' said Brent Nelson, the operational manager for the Process Development Integration Laboratory. 'The advantage is you can make the wafer just as thin as you need it - 10 microns or less.' Most of today's solar cells are made out of wafer crystalline silicon, though thin-film cells made of more exotic elements such as copper, indium, gallium, arsenic, cadmium, tellurium and others are making a strong push into the market. The advantage of silicon is its abundance, because it is derived from sand. Silicon's disadvantage is that purifying it into wafers suitable for solar cells can be expensive and energy intensive. Manufacturers add carbon and heat to sand to produce metallurgical-grade silicon, which is useful in other industries, but not yet suitable for making solar cells. So this metallurgical-grade silicon is then converted to pure trichlorosilane (SiCl3) or silane (SiH4) gas. Typically, the purified gas is then converted to create a silicon feedstock at 1,000 degrees Celsius. This feedstock is melted at 1,414 C and recrystallized into crystal ingots that are finally sawed into wafers. The Ampulse method differs in that it eliminates the last two steps in the traditional process and works directly with the silane gas growing only the needed silicon right onto a foil substrate. A team of NREL scientists had developed a way to use a process called hot-wire chemical vapor deposition to thicken silicon wafers with near perfect crystal structure. Using a hot tungsten filament much like the one found in an incandescent light bulb, the silane gas molecules are broken apart and deposited onto the wafer using the chemical vapor deposition technique at about 700 C - a much lower temperature than needed to make the wafer. The hot filament dec

  3. Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells

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    Yengel, Emre

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Sources .1 1.2 Solar Energy..sources available are largely covered by hydropower, biomass energy, solar energy,Solar Energy As being the largest among carbon-neutral energy source,

  4. Laser beam apparatus and method for analyzing solar cells

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    Staebler, David L. (Lawrenceville, NJ)

    1980-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A laser beam apparatus and method for analyzing, inter alia, the current versus voltage curve at the point of illumination on a solar cell and the open circuit voltage of a solar cell. The apparatus incorporates a lock-in amplifier, and a laser beam light chopper which permits the measurement of the AC current of the solar cell at an applied DC voltage at the position on the solar cell where the cell is illuminated and a feedback scheme which permits the direct scanning measurements of the open circuit voltage. The accuracy of the measurement is a function of the intensity and wavelength of the laser light with respect to the intensity and wavelength distribution of sunlight and the percentage the dark current is at the open circuit voltage to the short circuit current of the solar cell.

  5. A Review of Thin Film Silicon for Solar Cell Applications

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    A Review of Thin Film Silicon for Solar Cell Applications May 99 Contents 1 Introduction 3 2 Low 2.2.3 Deposition onto foreign substrates with the intention of improving crystallographic nature Field Cells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 11

  6. Emerging High-Efficiency Low-Cost Solar Cell Technologies

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    McGehee, Michael

    . A Manufacturing Cost Analysis Relevant to Photovoltaic Cells Fabricated with IIIEmerging High-Efficiency Low-Cost Solar Cell Technologies Mike McGehee Materials Science and Engineering Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium Precourt Institute

  7. Hierarchically structured photoelectrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Cao, Guozhong

    Hierarchically structured photoelectrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells Qifeng Zhang and Guozhong or one-dimensional assemblies. Introduction Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are a category Cao* DOI: 10.1039/c0jm04345a This paper highlights several significant achievements in dye-sensitized

  8. Radial Electron Collection in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Radial Electron Collection in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Alex B. F. Martinson,, Jeffrey W. Elam photoelectrode architecture consisting of concentric conducting and semiconducting nanotubes for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Atomic layer deposition is employed to grow indium tin oxide (ITO) within a porous

  9. CRADA Final Report: Process development for hybrid solar cells

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    Ager, Joel W

    2011-02-14T23:59:59.000Z

    TCF funding of a CRADA between LBNL and RSLE leveraged RSLE's original $1M investment in LBNL research and led to development of a solar cell fabrication process that will bring the high efficiency, high voltage hybrid tandem solar cell closer to commercialization. RSLE has already built a pilot line at its Phoenix, Arizona site.

  10. CURRENT NEWS Sandwich Solar Cells May See Off Silicon

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    Rogers, John A.

    CURRENT NEWS Sandwich Solar Cells May See Off Silicon May 24, 2010 A new manufacturing technique of devices using GaAs chips manufactured in multilayer stacks: light sensors, high-speed transistors and solar cells. The authors also provide a detailed cost comparison. Another advantage of the multilayer

  11. Fundamental limit of nanophotonic light trapping in solar cells

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    Fan, Shanhui

    Fundamental limit of nanophotonic light trapping in solar cells Zongfu Yu1 , Aaswath Raman and is becoming increasingly urgent for current solar cell research. The standard theory of light trapping) Establishing the fundamental limit of nanophotonic light-trapping schemes is of paramount importance

  12. Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy for in situ Electrical Characterization of Organic Solar Cells

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    Fisher, Frank

    Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy for in situ Electrical Characterization of Organic Solar Cells., University of Pittsburgh The most efficient organic solar cell today is made from blending conjugated donors and acceptors in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells. Most microscopic characterization

  13. In Situ X-Ray Scattering Helps Optimize Printed Solar Cells

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    In Situ X-Ray Scattering Helps Optimize Printed Solar Cells In Situ X-Ray Scattering Helps Optimize Printed Solar Cells Print Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00 Plastic solar cells...

  14. The Design of Organic Polymers and Small Molecules to Improve the Efficiency of Excitonic Solar Cells

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    Armstrong, Paul Barber

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    J. The physics of solar cells; Imperial College Press,for organic polymer solar cells investigated to date. Thebulk heterojunction organic solar cells, blends of a p-type

  15. Nanopillar Photovoltaics: Photon Management and Junction Engineering for Next-Generation Solar Cells

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    Mariani, Giacomo

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Towards efficient hybrid solar cells based on fully polymerSariciftci, N. S. Hybrid solar cells, Inorg. Chim. Acta 361,Y. , Warta, W. , Dunlop, E.D. Solar cell efficiency table (

  16. Modeling and control of thin film surface morphology: application to thin film solar cells

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    Huang, Jianqiao

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of a p-i-n thin-film solar cell with front transparent con-for thin-film a-si:h solar cells. Progress in Photovoltaics,in thin-film silicon solar cells. Optics Communications,

  17. ADOPT-A-CELL PROGRAM Help support the success of the CalSol solar team by

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    Mofrad, Mohammad R. K.

    ADOPT-A-CELL PROGRAM Help support the success of the CalSol solar team by adopting a small part. $20: Solar Encapsulation High-tech solar lamination improves solar energy collection and increases the durability of solar cells. The money will go towards laminating one single solar cell. $50: Solar Cell Solar

  18. High-Efficiency Solar Cell Concepts: Physics, Materials, and Devices

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    Mascarenhas, A.; Francoeur, S.; Seong, M. J.; Fluegel, B.; Zhang, Y.; Wanlass, M. W.

    2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Over the past three decades, significant progress has been made in the area of high-efficiency multijunction solar cells, with the effort primarily directed at current-matched solar cells in tandem. The key materials issues here have been obtaining semiconductors with the required bandgaps for sequential absorption of light in the solar spectrum and that are lattice matched to readily available substrates. The GaInP/GaAs/Ge cell is a striking example of success achieved in this area. Recently, several new approaches for high-efficiency solar cell design have emerged, that involve novel methods for tailoring alloy bandgaps, as well as alternate technologies for hetero-epitaxy of III-V's on Si. The advantages and difficulties expected to be encountered with each approach will be discussed, addressing both the materials issues and device physics whilst contrasting them with other fourth-generation solar cell concepts.

  19. Review paper: Toward highly efficient quantum-dot-and dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Park, Byungwoo

    Review paper: Toward highly efficient quantum-dot- and dye-sensitized solar cells Hongsik Choi Interface control Light harvesting Tandem solar cell a b s t r a c t Dye- and quantum-dot-sensitized solar technologies of silicon-based solar cells should be resolved [7]. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have been

  20. NANOSTRUCTURED SOLAR CELLS FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY PHOTOVOLTAICS Christiana B. Honsberg1

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    Honsberg, Christiana

    for solar energy conversion. NANOSTRUCTURED SOLAR CELLS Nanostructured solar cells offer several advantages to contribute to high efficiency devices NEW CONCEPTS FOR SOLAR CELLS An important advantage for nanostructuredNANOSTRUCTURED SOLAR CELLS FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY PHOTOVOLTAICS Christiana B. Honsberg1 , Allen M

  1. Amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunctions: The future of high-efficiency silicon solar cells

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    Firestone, Jeremy

    ;5 Record efficiencies #12;6 Diffused-junction solar cells Diffused-junction solar cell Chemical passivation to ~650 mV #12;7 Silicon heterojunction solar cells a-Si:H provides excellent passivation of c-Si surface Heterojunction solar cell Chemical passivation Chemical passivation #12;8 Voc and silicon heterojunction solar

  2. Solar cells incorporating light harvesting arrays

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    Lindsey, Jonathan S.; Meyer, Gerald J.

    2003-07-22T23:59:59.000Z

    A solar cell incorporates a light harvesting array that comprises: (a) a first substrate comprising a first electrode; and (b) a layer of light harvesting rods electrically coupled to the first electrode, each of the light harvesting rods comprising a polymer of Formula I: ##EQU1## wherein m is at least 1, and may be from two, three or four to 20 or more; X.sup.1 is a charge separation group (and preferably a porphyrinic macrocycle, which may be one ligand of a double-decker sandwich compound) having an excited-state of energy equal to or lower than that of X.sup.2 ; and X.sup.2 through X.sup.m+1 are chromophores (and again are preferably porphyrinic macrocycles).

  3. Solar cells incorporating light harvesting arrays

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    Lindsey, Jonathan S. (Raleigh, NC); Meyer, Gerald J. (Baltimore, MD)

    2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A solar cell incorporates a light harvesting array that comprises: (a) a first substrate comprising a first electrode; and (b) a layer of light harvesting rods electrically coupled to the first electrode, each of the light harvesting rods comprising a polymer of Formula I: X.sup.1.paren open-st.X.sup.m+1).sub.m (I) wherein m is at least 1, and may be from two, three or four to 20 or more; X.sup.1 is a charge separation group (and preferably a porphyrinic macrocycle, which may be one ligand of a double-decker sandwich compound) having an excited-state of energy equal to or lower than that of X.sup.2 ; and X.sup.2 through X.sup.m+1 are chromophores (and again are preferably porphyrinic macrocycles).

  4. Efficiency of silicon solar cells containing chromium

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    Frosch, Robert A. Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space (New Port Beach, CA); Salama, Amal M. (New Port Beach, CA)

    1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Efficiency of silicon solar cells containing about 10.sup.15 atoms/cm.sup.3 of chromium is improved about 26% by thermal annealing of the silicon wafer at a temperature of 200.degree. C. to form chromium precipitates having a diameter of less than 1 Angstrom. Further improvement in efficiency is achieved by scribing laser lines onto the back surface of the wafer at a spacing of at least 0.5 mm and at a depth of less than 13 micrometers to preferentially precipitate chromium near the back surface and away from the junction region of the device. This provides an economical way to improve the deleterious effects of chromium, one of the impurities present in metallurgical grade silicon material.

  5. The analysis and optimization of a spherical silicon solar cell

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    McKee, William Randall

    1976-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    silicon solar cell has been estimated using a cylindrical solar cell with some modifications as an approximate model. Calculations were made for both the cylindrical model and the conventional planar cell with the aid of a Fortran IV computer program... ln the p nnd n layers, respect lvely (cm I) N(X) monochromatic photon flux incident on the solar cell (cm g sec ~ o ) N 0 number of photons/cm sec with wavelengths shorter than l. lp (cm sec ) n po' no thermal equilibrium concentration...

  6. E-Print Network 3.0 - aluminium arsenide solar cells Sample Search...

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    manufacturing technique holds Summary: arsenide chips manufactured in multilayer stacks: light sensors, high-speed transistors and solar cells... the photovoltaic cells that solar...

  7. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 58 (1999) 199}208 The behaviour of Na implanted into Mo thin "lms

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    Rockett, Angus

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 58 (1999) 199}208 The behaviour of Na implanted into Mo thin, As ngstro( m Solar Center, P.O. Box 534, SE-751 21 Uppsala, Sweden Department of Materials Science Mo thin "lms used as back contacts for Cu(In,Ga)Se solar cells. The samples were analysed

  8. Effects of cell area on the performance of dye sensitized solar cell

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    Khatani, Mehboob, E-mail: mkhatani@hotmail.com, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hishmid@petronas.com.my, E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com, E-mail: aeska07@gmail.com; Mohamed, Norani Muti, E-mail: mkhatani@hotmail.com, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hishmid@petronas.com.my, E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com, E-mail: aeska07@gmail.com; Hamid, Nor Hisham, E-mail: mkhatani@hotmail.com, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hishmid@petronas.com.my, E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com, E-mail: aeska07@gmail.com; Sahmer, Ahmad Zahrin, E-mail: mkhatani@hotmail.com, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hishmid@petronas.com.my, E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com, E-mail: aeska07@gmail.com; Samsudin, Adel, E-mail: mkhatani@hotmail.com, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hishmid@petronas.com.my, E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com, E-mail: aeska07@gmail.com [Centre of Innovative Nanostructures and Nanodevices (COINN), UTP (Malaysia)

    2014-10-24T23:59:59.000Z

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) have significant advantage over the current silicon cells by having low manufacturing cost and potentially high conversion efficiency. Therefore, DSCs are expected to be used as the next generation solar cell device that covers wide range of new applications. In order to achieve highly efficient DSCs for practical application, study on the effect of increasing the cell抯 area on the performance of dye sensitized solar need to be carried out. Three different DSC cell areas namely, 1, 12.96 and 93.5 cm{sup 2} respectively were fabricated and analyzed through solar simulator and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). From the analysis of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), it was observed that the cell抯 electron lifetime was influenced significantly by the cell抯 area. Although the collection efficiency of all cells recorded to be approximately 100% but higher recombination rate with increased cell area reduced the performance of the cell.

  9. Experiment Based Teaching of Solar Cell Operation and Characterization Using the SolarLab Platform

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    Sera, Dezso

    of Energy Technology, Aalborg University. Keywords: characterization, experiment based, modelling, solar (MSc and PhD level) taught at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University. SOLAR CELL S. V. Spataru, D. Sera, T. Kerekes, R. Teodorescu Department of Energy Technology Aalborg University

  10. The Shockley-Queisser limit for nanostructured solar cells

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    Xu, Yunlu; Munday, Jeremy N

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The Shockley-Queisser limit describes the maximum solar energy conversion efficiency achievable for a particular material and is the standard by which new photovoltaic technologies are compared. This limit is based on the principle of detailed balance, which equates the photon flux into a device to the particle flux (photons or electrons) out of that device. Nanostructured solar cells represent a new class of photovoltaic devices, and questions have been raised about whether or not they can exceed the Shockley-Queisser limit. Here we show that single-junction nanostructured solar cells have a theoretical maximum efficiency of 42% under AM 1.5 solar illumination. While this exceeds the efficiency of a non- concentrating planar device, it does not exceed the Shockley-Queisser limit for a planar device with optical concentration. We conclude that nanostructured solar cells offer an important route towards higher efficiency photovoltaic devices through a built-in optical concentration.

  11. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 91 (2007) 17261732 Optical and structural properties of Ta2O5CeO2 thin films

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    Thirumalai, Devarajan

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 91 (2007) 1726颅1732 Optical and structural properties of Ta2O5

  12. Current- and lattice-matched tandem solar cell

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    Olson, J.M.

    1985-10-21T23:59:59.000Z

    A multijunction (cascade) tandem photovoltaic solar cell device is fabricated of a Ga/sub x/In/sub 1-x/P (0.505 equal to or less than x equal to or less than 0.515) top cell semiconductor lattice-matched to a GaAs bottom cell semiconductor at a low resistance heterojunction, preferably a p/sup +//n/sup +/ heterojunction between the cells. The top and bottom cells are both lattice-matched and current-matched for high efficiency solar radiation conversion to electrical energy.

  13. Strongly Correlated Electron Systems Functionalized for Solar Cells and Memristors

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    " #12;Grand Energy Challenge Gap between production and demand: ~14TW by 2050 Install one 1GW new power Demand total industrial developing US ee/fsu Energy source World Capacity Solar Geothermal Biomass Hydro Optimization of gap: max efficiency: 31% (Shockley Queisser 1961) In real PV cells 80-85% of incident solar

  14. Infrared modulation spectroscopy of interfaces in amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Schiff, Eric A.

    Infrared modulation spectroscopy of interfaces in amorphous silicon solar cells Kai Zhu a,1 , E Solar, Toano, VA 23168, USA Abstract We report infrared depletion modulation spectra for near an infrared modulation spectroscopy technique that probes the optical spectra of dopants and defects

  15. Fully Solution-Processed Copper Chalcopyrite Thin Film Solar Cells: Materials Chemistry, Processing, and Device Physics

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    Chung, Choong-Heui

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    energy sources, the potential of solar energy is the mostuse of solar cells as an energy source [2]. Therefore, thinspread use of solar cells as a renewable energy source [2].

  16. Simulation of iron impurity gettering in crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Powell, Douglas M. (Douglas Michael)

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This work discusses the Impurity-to-Efficiency (12E) simulation tool and applet. The 12E simulator models the physics of iron impurity gettering in silicon solar cells during high temperature processing. The tool also ...

  17. The renaissance of hybrid solar cells: progresses, challenges, and perspectives

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    Feng, Gao; Ren, Shenqiang; Jianpu, Wang

    2013-06-12T23:59:59.000Z

    Solution-processed hybrid solar cells, a blend of conjugated polymers and semiconducting nanocrystals, are a promising candidate for next-generation energy-conversion devices. The renaissance of this field in recent years has yielded a much deeper...

  18. New functional polymers for sensors, smart materials and solar cells

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    Lobez Comeras, Jose Miguel

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Organic polymers can be used as the active component of sensors, smart materials, chemical-delivery systems and the active layer of solar cells. The rational design and modification of the chemical structure of polymers ...

  19. Nanostructured architectures for colloidal quantum dot solar cells

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    Jean, Joel, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This thesis introduces a novel ordered bulk heterojunction architecture for colloidal quantum dot (QD) solar cells. Quantum dots are solution-processed nanocrystals whose tunable bandgap energies make them a promising ...

  20. Enhanced light absorption of solar cells and photodetectors by diffraction

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    Zaidi, Saleem H.; Gee, James M.

    2005-02-22T23:59:59.000Z

    Enhanced light absorption of solar cells and photodetectors by diffraction is described. Triangular, rectangular, and blazed subwavelength periodic structures are shown to improve performance of solar cells. Surface reflection can be tailored for either broadband, or narrow-band spectral absorption. Enhanced absorption is achieved by efficient optical coupling into obliquely propagating transmitted diffraction orders. Subwavelength one-dimensional structures are designed for polarization-dependent, wavelength-selective absorption in solar cells and photodetectors, while two-dimensional structures are designed for polarization-independent, wavelength-selective absorption therein. Suitable one and two-dimensional subwavelength periodic structures can also be designed for broadband spectral absorption in solar cells and photodetectors. If reactive ion etching (RIE) processes are used to form the grating, RIE-induced surface damage in subwavelength structures can be repaired by forming junctions using ion implantation methods. RIE-induced surface damage can also be removed by post RIE wet-chemical etching treatments.

  1. Pokeberries Provide Boost for Solar Cells | Department of Energy

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    EERE What are the key facts? When the red dye from the pokeberries is spread over solar cells, it acts as a light absorber, boosting the technology's efficiency by about...

  2. Light trapping limits in plasmonic solar cells: an analytical investigation

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    Sheng, Xing

    We analytically investigate the light trapping performance in plasmonic solar cells with Si/metallic structures. We consider absorption enhancements for surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) at planar Si/metal interfaces and ...

  3. Efficient light trapping structure in thin film silicon solar cells

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    Sheng, Xing

    Thin film silicon solar cells are believed to be promising candidates for continuing cost reduction in photovoltaic panels because silicon usage could be greatly reduced. Since silicon is an indirect bandgap semiconductor, ...

  4. Organic Solar Cells: Absolute Measurement of Domain Composition...

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    00:00 This front cover represents the morphology and resulting device dynamics in organic solar cell blend films of PTB7 and PC71BM, as revealed by combined resonant x-ray...

  5. One-sun, single-crystalline silicon solar cell research

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    King, R.R.; Sinton, R.A.; Swanson, R.M. (Stanford Univ., CA (USA). Solid-State Electronics Lab.)

    1991-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The point-contact solar cell design, the most efficient silicon concentrator solar cell design to date, is explored for use in one-sun applications. The necessary modifications to backside-contact concentrator cell design for operation at one-sun are explored and implemented. Large-area, point-contact solar cells were fabricated on n- and p-type substrates in low-level injection (LLI). The characteristics of these LLI cells were compared to those of four different architectures of cells with substrates in high-level injection (HLI). Both types of cell achieved open-circuit voltages over 700 mV at one-sun, LLI cells had higher fill factors, and HLI cells had substantially higher short-circuit currents. The mechanisms responsible for these observations are discussed. The high V{sub oc} and J{sub sc} of the HLI cells combine to make them more efficient than the LLI cells, with efficiencies measured at Sandia up to 22.7% for a 37.5-cm{sup 2} cell at one sun. This is the highest one-sun efficiency for a silicon cell larger than 4 cm{sup 2}. Simplified, backside-contact solar cell processes were also developed, which have nearly 100% yield. Over 80 such cells, each with a 35-cm{sup 2} area or greater, were delivered to Sandia. Cells made with these simplified processes had efficiencies up to 21.3% for a 37.5-cm{sup 2} cell. The recombination properties of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} layers over SiO{sub 2} were characterized, since Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} is an excellent antireflection coating for cells laminated under glass. Several prototype flat-plate modules of backside-contact cells were built, with up to 24 cells and efficiencies up to 19%. 26 refs., 16 figs., 4 tabs.

  6. Investigation of the Role of Trap States in Solar Cell Reliability using Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy

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    Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    solar cell lead to a higher fill factor, therefore resulting in greater efficiency value, and bringing the cell's output power

  7. Laser processing of nanocrystalline TiO2 films for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Arnold, Craig B.

    Laser processing of nanocrystalline TiO2 films for dye-sensitized solar cells H. Kim,a) G. P颅20 m thick) layers incorporated in dye-sensitized solar cells. Laser direct-write is a laser techniques to produce porous nc- TiO2 films required for dye-sensitized solar cells. The dye solar cells

  8. Planar Waveguide-Nanowire Integrated Three-Dimensional Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Wang, Zhong L.

    Planar Waveguide-Nanowire Integrated Three-Dimensional Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Yaguang Wei, Chen to fabricate three-dimensional (3D) dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by integrating planar optical waveguide cells that can be expanded to organic- and inorganic-based solar cells. KEYWORDS Dye-sensitized solar

  9. Increased light harvesting in dye-sensitized solar cells with energy relay dyes

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    McGehee, Michael

    Increased light harvesting in dye-sensitized solar cells with energy relay dyes Brian E. Hardin1 factors. However, dye-sensitized solar cells do not completely absorb all of the photons from the visible pathway to develop more efficient dye-sensitized solar cells. D ye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) work

  10. The construction of tandem dye-sensitized solar cells from chemically-derived nanoporous photoelectrodes

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    Park, Byungwoo

    The construction of tandem dye-sensitized solar cells from chemically-derived nanoporous Available online 24 October 2014 Keywords: Tandem solar cell Selective etching Dye-sensitized solar cell Nanoporous electrode a b s t r a c t A tandem dye-sensitized solar cell (tandem-DSSC) was synthesized

  11. Rational design of hybrid dye-sensitized solar cells composed of double-layered photoanodes with

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    Lin, Zhiqun

    Rational design of hybrid dye-sensitized solar cells composed of double-layered photoanodes,a Bailiang Xue,b Wei Liu,c Zhiqun Lina and Yulin Deng*bc A uniquely structured dye-sensitized solar cell tandem solar cells, leading to higher power conversion efficiency. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs

  12. Enhanced Photovoltaic Performance of Nanostructured Hybrid Solar Cell Using Highly Oriented TiO2 Nanotubes

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    Cao, Guozhong

    -called third generation of solar cells including dye-sensitized solar cells, DSCs2,3 and organic phoEnhanced Photovoltaic Performance of Nanostructured Hybrid Solar Cell Using Highly Oriented TiO2 nanotubes can be effectively controlled for the suitable use for a hybrid solar cell by varying the diameter

  13. Organic solar cells: An overview focusing on active layer morphology Travis L. Benanti & D. Venkataraman*

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    Venkataraman, Dhandapani "DV"

    Review Organic solar cells: An overview focusing on active layer morphology Travis L. Benanti & D/acceptor blend, morphology, photovoltaic devices, plastic solar cells, thin films Abstract Solar cells heterojunction concept. This review provides an overview of organic solar cells. Topics covered include: a brief

  14. RANDOM DEPOSITION MODEL OF CDS LAYER IN CDS/CDTE THINFILM SOLAR CELLS

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    Sites, James R.

    THESIS RANDOM DEPOSITION MODEL OF CDS LAYER IN CDS/CDTE THIN颅FILM SOLAR CELLS Submitted by Lei Chen LAYER IN CDS/CDTE THIN颅FILM SOLAR CELLS BE AC- CEPTED AS FULFILLING IN PART REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE MODEL OF CDS LAYER IN CDS/CDTE THIN颅FILM SOLAR CELLS Thin颅film solar cells are developing dramatically

  15. DISSERTATION ELECTRON-REFLECTOR STRATEGY FOR CdTe THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS

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    Sites, James R.

    DISSERTATION ELECTRON-REFLECTOR STRATEGY FOR CdTe THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS Submitted by Kuo-Jui Hsiao ELECTRON- REFLECTOR STRATEGY FOR CdTe THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS BE ACCEPTED AS FULFILLING IN PART REQUIREMENTS SOLAR CELLS The CdTe thin-film solar cell has a large absorption coefficient and high theoretical

  16. DISSERTATION DEVICE PHYSICS OF Cu(In,Ga)Se2 THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS

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    Sites, James R.

    DISSERTATION DEVICE PHYSICS OF Cu(In,Ga)Se2 THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS Submitted by Markus Gloeckler PHYSICS OF Cu(In,Ga)Se2 THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS BE ACCEPTED AS FULFILLING IN PART REQUIREMENTS OF Cu(In,Ga)Se2 THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS Thin-film solar cells have the potential to be an important

  17. Molecular Packing and Solar Cell Performance in Blends of Polymers with a Bisadduct Fullerene

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    McGehee, Michael

    as the electron acceptor in some BHJ solar cells but not in others. We first determine the solar cell performanceMolecular Packing and Solar Cell Performance in Blends of Polymers with a Bisadduct Fullerene States *S Supporting Information ABSTRACT: We compare the solar cell performance of several polymers

  18. Microstructured anti-reflection surface design for the omni-directional solar cells

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    Zhou, Weidong

    Microstructured anti-reflection surface design for the omni-directional solar cells Li Chen for the formation of hemispherical structures as an omni-directional anti-reflection (omni-AR) coating in solar cell current in such hemispherical solar cells hence enhanced to 1.5 times of bulk silicon solar cells

  19. DISSERTATION Investigation of Spatial Variations in Collection Efficiency of Solar Cells

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    Sites, James R.

    DISSERTATION Investigation of Spatial Variations in Collection Efficiency of Solar Cells Submitted BY JASON F. HILTNER ENTITLED INVESTIGATION OF SPATIAL VARIATIONS IN COLLECTION EFFICIENCY OF SOLAR CELLS OF SOLAR CELLS In an effort to investigate spatial variations in solar cells, an apparatus which is capable

  20. Design and fabrication of photonic crystals in epitaxial free silicon for ultrathin solar cells

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    Paris-Sud XI, Universit茅 de

    Design and fabrication of photonic crystals in epitaxial free silicon for ultrathin solar cells photovoltaic solar cell. Optical simulations performed on a complete solar cell revealed that patterning to obtain ultrathin patterned solar cells. Keywords: Photonic crystals; Epitaxial crystalline silicon; Thin

  1. DESIGN APPROACHES AND MATERIALS PROCESSES FOR ULTRAHIGH EFFICIENCY LATTICE MISMATCHED MULTI-JUNCTION SOLAR CELLS

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    Atwater, Harry

    -JUNCTION SOLAR CELLS Melissa J. Griggs 1 , Daniel C. Law 2 , Richard R. King 2 , Arthur C. Ackerman 3 , James M heterostructures grown in a multi-junction solar cell-like structure by MOCVD. Initial solar cell data are also of the minority carrier lifetime. INTRODUCTION High efficiency triple junction solar cells have recently been

  2. Ultrathin, high-efficiency, broad-band, omni-acceptance, organic solar cells enhanced by

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    : Three of central challenges in solar cells are high light coupling into solar cell, high light trappingUltrathin, high-efficiency, broad-band, omni- acceptance, organic solar cells enhanced by plasmonic and demonstration of a new ultra-thin high- efficiency organic solar cell (SC), termed "plasmonic cavity

  3. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of biomimetic dye molecules for solar cells Peter L. Cook,1

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    Himpsel, Franz J.

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy of biomimetic dye molecules for solar cells Peter L. Cook,1 Xiaosong November 2009 Dye-sensitized solar cells are potentially inexpensive alternatives to traditional semiconductor solar cells. In order to optimize dyes for solar cells we systematically investigate

  4. Recent technological advances in thin film solar cells

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    Ullal, H.S.; Zwelbel, K.; Surek, T.

    1990-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

    High-efficiency, low-cost thin film solar cells are an exciting photovoltaic technology option for generating cost-effective electricity in 1995 and beyond. This paper reviews the substantial advances made by several thin film solar cell technologies, namely, amorphous silicon, copper indium diselenide, cadmium telluride, and polycrystalline silicon. Recent examples of utility demonstration projects of these emerging materials are also discussed. 8 refs., 4 figs.

  5. Nanoantennas for enhanced light trapping in transparent organic solar cells

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    Voroshilov, Pavel M; Belov, Pavel A

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    We propose a light-trapping structure offering a significant enhancement of photovoltaic absorption in transparent organic solar cells operating at infrared while the visible light transmission keeps sufficiently high. The main mechanism of light trapping is related with the excitation of collective oscillations of the metal nanoantenna arrays, characterized by advantageous field distribution in the volume of the solar cell. It allows more than triple increase of infrared photovoltaic absorption.

  6. Mode Splitting for Efficient Plasmoinc Thin-film Solar Cell

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    Li, Tong; Jiang, Chun

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    We propose an efficient plasmonic structure consisting of metal strips and thin-film silicon for solar energy absorption. We numerically demonstrate the absorption enhancement in symmetrical structure based on the mode coupling between the localized plasmonic mode in Ag strip pair and the excited waveguide mode in silicon slab. Then we explore the method of symmetry-breaking to excite the dark modes that can further enhance the absorption ability. We compare our structure with bare thin-film Si solar cell, and results show that the integrated quantum efficiency is improved by nearly 90% in such thin geometry. It is a promising way for the solar cell.

  7. Thermodynamics of photon-enhanced thermionic emission solar cells

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    Reck, Kasper, E-mail: kasper.reck@nanotech.dtu.dk [Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Nanotech Building 345E, Kgs. Lyngby 2800 (Denmark); Hansen, Ole, E-mail: ole.hansen@nanotech.dtu.dk [Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Nanotech Building 345E, Kgs. Lyngby 2800 (Denmark); CINF Center for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby 2800 (Denmark)

    2014-01-13T23:59:59.000Z

    Photon-enhanced thermionic emission (PETE) cells in which direct photon energy as well as thermal energy can be harvested have recently been suggested as a new candidate for high efficiency solar cells. Here, we present an analytic thermodynamical model for evaluation of the efficiency of PETE solar cells including an analysis of the entropy production due to thermionic emission of general validity. The model is applied to find the maximum efficiency of a PETE cell for given cathode and anode work functions and temperatures.

  8. Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells

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    Yengel, Emre

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    processable爌olymer爌hotovoltaiccells燽y爏elf?organization燩hotodiodes, and Photovoltaic Cells. Applied燩hysics燜, Heeger AJ. Polymer Photovoltaic Cells ? Enhanced

  9. Semitransparent ultrathin CdTe solar cells Semitransparent ultrathin CdTe solar cells and durabilityand durability

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    Rollins, Andrew M.

    Semitransparent ultrathin CdTe solar cells Semitransparent ultrathin CdTe solar cells PV coatings based on CdTe. ...for transparent window PV:...for transparent window PV: , p g 路 The X26 for ultrathin CdTe 路 X26 PV window coatings (250 500 nm of CdTe) are attractive very low cost and路 X26 PV window

  10. Monolithically interconnected GaAs solar cells: A new interconnection technology for high voltage solar cell output

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    Dinetta, L.C.; Hannon, M.H.

    1995-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Photovoltaic linear concentrator arrays can benefit from high performance solar cell technologies being developed at AstroPower. Specifically, these are the integration of thin GaAs solar cell and epitaxial lateral overgrowth technologies with the application of monolithically interconnected solar cell (MISC) techniques. This MISC array has several advantages which make it ideal for space concentrator systems. These are high system voltage, reliable low cost monolithically formed interconnections, design flexibility, costs that are independent of array voltage, and low power loss from shorts, opens, and impact damage. This concentrator solar cell will incorporate the benefits of light trapping by growing the device active layers over a low-cost, simple, PECVD deposited silicon/silicon dioxide Bragg reflector. The high voltage-low current output results in minimal 12R losses while properly designing the device allows for minimal shading and resistance losses. It is possible to obtain open circuit voltages as high as 67 volts/cm of solar cell length with existing technology. The projected power density for the high performance device is 5 kW/m for an AMO efficiency of 26% at 1 5X. Concentrator solar cell arrays are necessary to meet the power requirements of specific mission platforms and can supply high voltage power for electric propulsion systems. It is anticipated that the high efficiency, GaAs monolithically interconnected linear concentrator solar cell array will enjoy widespread application for space based solar power needs. Additional applications include remote man-portable or ultra-light unmanned air vehicle (UAV) power supplies where high power per area, high radiation hardness and a high bus voltage or low bus current are important. The monolithic approach has a number of inherent advantages, including reduced cost per interconnect and increased reliability of array connections. There is also a high potential for a large number of consumer products.

  11. The mission of the UC Davis Solar Collaborative is simple: to find ways to make solar cells more efficient. Even in theory, the efficiency of conventional solar cells is limited to a disappointing 31%. However, this limit is based

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    Mission The mission of the UC Davis Solar Collaborative is simple: to find ways to make solar cells more efficient. Even in theory, the efficiency of conventional solar cells is limited to a disappointing 31%. However, this limit is based on the traditional operation of solar cells, where an incoming

  12. Method Of Making Solar Collectors By In-Situ Encapsulation Of Solar Cells

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    Carrie, Peter J. (Toronto, CA); Chen, Kingsley D. D. (Markham, CA)

    2000-10-24T23:59:59.000Z

    A method of making solar collectors by encapsulating photovoltaic cells within a base of an elongated solar collector wherein heat and pressure are applied to the cells in-situ, after an encapsulating material has been applied. A tool is fashioned having a bladder expandable under gas pressure, filling a region of the collector where the cells are mounted. At the same time, negative pressure is applied outside of the bladder, enhancing its expansion. The bladder presses against a platen which contacts the encapsulated cells, causing outgassing of the encapsulant, while heat cures the encapsulant. After curing, the bladder is deflated and the tool may be removed from the collector and base and reflective panels put into place, if not already there, thereby allowing the solar collector to be ready for use.

  13. Plasmonic Enhancement of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Core-Shell-Shell Nanostructures

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    Plasmonic Enhancement of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Core- Shell-Shell Nanostructures Stafford and demonstrate near-field plasmonic enhancement of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) incorporating them being researched, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a promising alternative to traditional solar

  14. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells DOI: 10.1002/anie.201300070

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    Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells DOI: 10.1002/anie.201300070 Stable Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell,* and Udo Bach* Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) can be fabricated from low- cost components with simple fields, including renewable energy research focusing on DSCs and solar-driven hydrogen generation from

  15. NREL scientists develop near-field optical microscopy techniques for imaging solar cell junctions and identify

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    and Characterization team examined local junction breakdown in silicon and thin-film solar cells by electroluminescenceNREL scientists develop near-field optical microscopy techniques for imaging solar cell junctions is an increasingly important issue for silicon solar cells. The issue has taken center stage now that the solar

  16. Identification, Characterization, and Implications of Shadow Degradation in Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Alam, Muhammad A.

    cells [4]. The problem of shadowing of solar panels has been studied for quite some time; however of a solar cell, showing the dark and light current components. (b) The series connection in a solar panelIdentification, Characterization, and Implications of Shadow Degradation in Thin Film Solar Cells

  17. The ultra-thin solar cells that could generate power through windows

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    Rogers, John A.

    The ultra-thin solar cells that could generate power through windows By Claire Bates Last updated, generating enough electricity to power the GPS or air conditioning. Solar cells, which convert solar energy into tinted windows Page 1 of 3The ultra-thin solar cells that could generate power through windows | Mail

  18. Light trapping in solar cells at the extreme coupling limit Ali Naqavi,1,2,

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    Petitpierre, Claude

    Light trapping in solar cells at the extreme coupling limit Ali Naqavi,1,2, * Franz-Josef Haug,1.1950, 130.2790. 1. INTRODUCTION Enhancing light absorption in solar cells has been a topic of research to enhance absorption in the solar cells and the extent to which they can increase light absorption in solar

  19. CARRIER COLLECTION IN THIN-FILM CDTE SOLAR CELLS: THEORY AND EXPERIMENT

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    -n junction solar cell theory predicts that the total solar cell current in the light, JLCARRIER COLLECTION IN THIN-FILM CDTE SOLAR CELLS: THEORY AND EXPERIMENT A.E. Delahoy, Z. Cheng and K.K. Chin Department of Physics, Apollo Solar Energy Research Center, New Jersey Institute

  20. ORIGINAL ARTICLE Highly efficient GaAs solar cells by limiting light emission

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    Atwater, Harry

    ORIGINAL ARTICLE Highly efficient GaAs solar cells by limiting light emission angle Emily D Kosten1 solar cell under direct sunlight, light is received from the solar disk, but is re-emitted isotropically.1038/lsa.2013.1; published online 4 January 2013 Keywords: detailed balance; GaAs solar cell; light

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION Polycrystalline CdTe thin films solar cells have shown long

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    Romeo, Alessandro

    to the solar panel that can be adapted to any kind of shape and is easy to deploy in space. We have developed1. INTRODUCTION Polycrystalline CdTe thin films solar cells have shown long term stable performance for the solar cell, therefore high specific power (ratio of out- put power to the weight) solar cells

  2. Electronic structure of QD arrays: Application to intermediate-band solar cells

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    )Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK Abstract-Intermediate band solar cells (IBSC) have the thermodynamic efficiency limits of solar energy conversion. While tandem solar cells can the- oretically exceedNUSOD 2007 Electronic structure of QD arrays: Application to intermediate-band solar cells S

  3. Development of an electronic device quality aluminum antimonide (AlSb) semiconductor for solar cell applications

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    Sherohman, John W; Yee, Jick Hong; Combs, III, Arthur W

    2014-11-11T23:59:59.000Z

    Electronic device quality Aluminum Antimonide (AlSb)-based single crystals produced by controlled atmospheric annealing are utilized in various configurations for solar cell applications. Like that of a GaAs-based solar cell devices, the AlSb-based solar cell devices as disclosed herein provides direct conversion of solar energy to electrical power.

  4. Fabrication of ultra thin CdS/CdTe solar cells by magnetron sputtering.

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    Plotnikov, Victor

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ?? CdTe is a nearly perfect absorber material for second generation polycrystalline solar cells because the bandgap closely matches the peak of the solar spectrum, (more)

  5. E-Print Network 3.0 - alingap solar cell Sample Search Results

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory Summary: an electrical current when illuminated by light- also called a solar cell Photovoltaic Module A group... produced when plotting...

  6. Three dimensional amorphous silicon/microcrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Kaschmitter, J.L.

    1996-07-23T23:59:59.000Z

    Three dimensional deep contact amorphous silicon/microcrystalline silicon (a-Si/{micro}c-Si) solar cells are disclosed which use deep (high aspect ratio) p and n contacts to create high electric fields within the carrier collection volume material of the cell. The deep contacts are fabricated using repetitive pulsed laser doping so as to create the high aspect p and n contacts. By the provision of the deep contacts which penetrate the electric field deep into the material where the high strength of the field can collect many of the carriers, thereby resulting in a high efficiency solar cell. 4 figs.

  7. Three dimensional amorphous silicon/microcrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Kaschmitter, James L. (Pleasanton, CA)

    1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Three dimensional deep contact amorphous silicon/microcrystalline silicon (a-Si/.mu.c-Si) solar cells which use deep (high aspect ratio) p and n contacts to create high electric fields within the carrier collection volume material of the cell. The deep contacts are fabricated using repetitive pulsed laser doping so as to create the high aspect p and n contacts. By the provision of the deep contacts which penetrate the electric field deep into the material where the high strength of the field can collect many of the carriers, thereby resulting in a high efficiency solar cell.

  8. Laminated photovoltaic modules using back-contact solar cells

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    Gee, James M. (Albuquerque, NM); Garrett, Stephen E. (Albuquerque, NM); Morgan, William P. (Albuquerque, NM); Worobey, Walter (Albuquerque, NM)

    1999-09-14T23:59:59.000Z

    Photovoltaic modules which comprise back-contact solar cells, such as back-contact crystalline silicon solar cells, positioned atop electrically conductive circuit elements affixed to a planar support so that a circuit capable of generating electric power is created. The modules are encapsulated using encapsulant materials such as EVA which are commonly used in photovoltaic module manufacture. The module designs allow multiple cells to be electrically connected in a single encapsulation step rather than by sequential soldering which characterizes the currently used commercial practices.

  9. Doped surfaces in one sun, point-contact solar cells

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    King, R.R.; Sinton, R.A.; Swanson, R.M.

    1989-04-10T23:59:59.000Z

    This letter reports two new types of large-area (>8.5 cm/sup 2/), backside, point-contact solar cells with doped surfaces, designed for use in unconcentrated sunlight. One type was fabricated on an intrinsic substrate with an optimized phosphorus diffusion on the sunward surface. The apertured-area efficiency was independently measured to be 22.3% at 1 sun (0.100 W/cm/sup 2/), 25 /sup 0/C, the highest reported for a silicon solar cell. The other type is constructed on a doped substrate, and has an apertured-area efficiency of 20.9%, the highest reported for a point-contact solar cell with a base in low-level injection. Both cells have record open-circuit voltages above 700 mV.

  10. Single nanowire solar cells beyond the Shockley-Queisser limit

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    Krogstrup, Peter; Heiss, Martin; Demichel, Olivier; Holm, Jeppe V; Aagesen, Martin; Nygard, Jesper; Morral, Anna Fontcuberta i

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Light management is of great importance to photovoltaic cells, as it determines the fraction of incident light entering the device. An optimal pn-junction combined with an optimal light absorption can lead to a solar cell efficiency above the Shockley-Queisser limit. Here, we show how this is possible by studying photocurrent generation for a single core-shell p-i-n junction GaAs nanowire solar cell grown on a silicon substrate. At one sun illumination a short circuit current of 180 mA/cm^2 is obtained, which is more than one order of magnitude higher than what would be predicted from Lambert-Beer law. The enhanced light absorption is shown to be due to a light concentrating property of the standing nanowire as shown by photocurrent maps of the device. The results imply new limits for the maximum efficiency obtainable with III-V based nanowire solar cells under one sun illumination.

  11. Microbial Fuel Cells -Solar Times http://solar.rain-barrel.net/microbial-fuel-cells/ 1 of 3 6/28/2006 11:32 AM

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    Lovley, Derek

    .com Hydrogen Fuel Cells Buy Commercial & Educational Stacks PEM, Fuel Cell Generators & More! www.TheHydrogenCompany.com Hydrogen Fuel Cell Improve Your Fuel Economy 20 to 50% Begin Saving Fuel Now www.SaveMoreWithHydrogenMicrobial Fuel Cells - Solar Times http://solar.rain-barrel.net/microbial-fuel-cells/ 1 of 3 6

  12. Investigation of the Role of Trap States in Solar Cell Reliability using Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy

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    Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    as coal or oil. The photovoltaic cells which constitute mostand conventional inorganic photovoltaic cells is that lightand Characterization Photovoltaic (PV) cells convert solar

  13. Core-Shell Nanopillar Array Solar Cells using Cadmium Sulfide Coating on Indium Phosphide Nanopillars

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    Tu, Bor-An Clayton

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    for efficient photovoltaic cells. , Nature Nanotechnology,Part II Photovoltaic Cell I-V Characterization Theory andof the photovoltaic effect in the 19 th century, solar cells

  14. High-efficiency solar cell and method for fabrication

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    Hou, Hong Q. (Albuquerque, NM); Reinhardt, Kitt C. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1999-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A high-efficiency 3- or 4-junction solar cell is disclosed with a theoretical AM0 energy conversion efficiency of about 40%. The solar cell includes p-n junctions formed from indium gallium arsenide nitride (InGaAsN), gallium arsenide (GaAs) and indium gallium aluminum phosphide (InGaAlP) separated by n-p tunnel junctions. An optional germanium (Ge) p-n junction can be formed in the substrate upon which the other p-n junctions are grown. The bandgap energies for each p-n junction are tailored to provide substantially equal short-circuit currents for each p-n junction, thereby eliminating current bottlenecks and improving the overall energy conversion efficiency of the solar cell. Additionally, the use of an InGaAsN p-n junction overcomes super-bandgap energy losses that are present in conventional multi-junction solar cells. A method is also disclosed for fabricating the high-efficiency 3- or 4-junction solar cell by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD).

  15. High-efficiency solar cell and method for fabrication

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    Hou, H.Q.; Reinhardt, K.C.

    1999-08-31T23:59:59.000Z

    A high-efficiency 3- or 4-junction solar cell is disclosed with a theoretical AM0 energy conversion efficiency of about 40%. The solar cell includes p-n junctions formed from indium gallium arsenide nitride (InGaAsN), gallium arsenide (GaAs) and indium gallium aluminum phosphide (InGaAlP) separated by n-p tunnel junctions. An optional germanium (Ge) p-n junction can be formed in the substrate upon which the other p-n junctions are grown. The bandgap energies for each p-n junction are tailored to provide substantially equal short-circuit currents for each p-n junction, thereby eliminating current bottlenecks and improving the overall energy conversion efficiency of the solar cell. Additionally, the use of an InGaAsN p-n junction overcomes super-bandgap energy losses that are present in conventional multi-junction solar cells. A method is also disclosed for fabricating the high-efficiency 3- or 4-junction solar cell by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). 4 figs.

  16. Upside-Down Solar Cell Achieves Record Efficiencies (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2010-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The inverted metamorphic multijunction (IMM) solar cell is an exercise in efficient innovation - literally, as the technology boasted the highest demonstrated efficiency for converting sunlight into electrical energy at its debut in 2005. Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) inverted the conventional photovoltaic (PV) structure to revolutionary effect, achieving solar conversion efficiencies of 33.8% and 40.8% under one-sun and concentrated conditions, respectively.

  17. Electron Transfer Dynamics in Efficient Molecular Solar Cells

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    Meyer, Gerald John

    2014-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This research provided new mechanistic insights into surface mediated photochemical processes relevant to solar energy conversion. In this past three years our research has focused on oxidation photo-redox chemistry and on the role surface electric fields play on basic spectroscopic properties of molecular-semiconductor interfaces. Although this research as purely fundamental science, the results and their interpretation have relevance to applications in dye sensitized and photogalvanic solar cells as well as in the storage of solar energy in the form of chemical bonds.

  18. Method of making quasi-grain boundary-free polycrystalline solar cell structure and solar cell structure obtained thereby

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    Gonzalez, Franklin N. (Gainesville, FL); Neugroschel, Arnost (Gainesville, FL)

    1984-02-14T23:59:59.000Z

    A new solar cell structure is provided which will increase the efficiency of polycrystalline solar cells by suppressing or completely eliminating the recombination losses due to the presence of grain boundaries. This is achieved by avoiding the formation of the p-n junction (or other types of junctions) in the grain boundaries and by eliminating the grain boundaries from the active area of the cell. This basic concept can be applied to any polycrystalline material; however, it will be most beneficial for cost-effective materials having small grains, including thin film materials.

  19. INCREASED CELL EFFICIENCY IN InGaAs THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH DIELECTRIC AND METAL BACK REFLECTORS

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    Atwater, Harry

    INCREASED CELL EFFICIENCY IN InGaAs THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH DIELECTRIC AND METAL BACK REFLECTORS solar cells using back reflectors. We studied absorption enhancement in InGaAs and InGaAsP thin film and metal, on InGaAs thin film solar cell performance by device modeling and nu- merical simulations. DEVICE

  20. A model to determine financial indicators for organic solar cells

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    Powell, Colin; Bender, Timothy; Lawryshyn, Yuri [Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Toronto, 200 College Street, Toronto, Ont. (Canada)

    2009-11-15T23:59:59.000Z

    Organic solar cells are an emerging photovoltaic technology that is inexpensive and easy to manufacture, despite low efficiency and stability. A model, named TEEOS (Technical and Economic Evaluator for Organic Solar), is presented that evaluates organic solar cells for various solar energy applications in different geographic locations, in terms of two financial indicators, payback period and net present value (NPV). TEEOS uses SMARTS2 software to estimate broadband (280-4000 nm) spectral irradiance data and with the use of a cloud modification factor, predicts hourly irradiation in the absence of actual broadband irradiance data, which is scarce for most urban locations. By using the avoided cost of electricity, annual savings are calculated which produce the financial indicators. It is hoped that these financial indicators can help guide certain technical decisions regarding the direction of research for organic solar cells, for example, increasing efficiency or increasing the absorptive wavelength range. A sample calculation using solar hats is shown to be uneconomical, but a good example of large-scale organic PV production. (author)

  1. Method of making a back contacted solar cell

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    Gee, J.M.

    1995-11-21T23:59:59.000Z

    A back-contacted solar cell is described having laser-drilled vias connecting the front-surface carrier-collector junction to an electrode grid on the back surface. The structure may also include a rear surface carrier-collector junction connected to the same grid. The substrate is connected to a second grid which is interdigitated with the first. Both grids are configured for easy series connection with neighboring cells. Several processes are disclosed to produce the cell. 2 figs.

  2. Method of making a back contacted solar cell

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    Gee, James M. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1995-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A back-contacted solar cell having laser-drilled vias connecting the front-surface carrier-collector junction to an electrode grid on the back surface. The structure may also include a rear surface carrier-collector junction connected to the same grid. The substrate is connected to a second grid which is interdigitated with the first. Both grids are configured for easy series connection with neighboring cells. Several processes are disclosed to produce the cell.

  3. Optimized scalable stack of fluorescent solar concentrator systems with bifacial silicon solar cells

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    Mart韓ez D韊z, Ana Luisa, E-mail: a.martinez@itma.es [Fundaci髇 ITMA, Parque Empresarial Principado de Asturias, C/Calafates, Parcela L-3.4, 33417 Avil閟 (Spain); Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Heidenhofstr. 2, 79110 Freiburg (Germany); Gutmann, Johannes; Posdziech, Janina; Rist, Tim; Goldschmidt, Jan Christoph [Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Heidenhofstr. 2, 79110 Freiburg (Germany); Plaza, David G髆ez [Fundaci髇 ITMA, Parque Empresarial Principado de Asturias, C/Calafates, Parcela L-3.4, 33417 Avil閟 (Spain)

    2014-10-21T23:59:59.000Z

    In this paper, we present a concentrator system based on a stack of fluorescent concentrators (FCs) and a bifacial solar cell. Coupling bifacial solar cells to a stack of FCs increases the performance of the system and preserves its efficiency when scaled. We used an approach to optimize a fluorescent solar concentrator system design based on a stack of multiple fluorescent concentrators (FC). Seven individual fluorescent collectors (20?mm??20?mm??2?mm) were realized by in-situ polymerization and optically characterized in regard to their ability to guide light to the edges. Then, an optimization procedure based on the experimental data of the individual FCs was carried out to determine the stack configuration that maximizes the total number of photons leaving edges. Finally, two fluorescent concentrator systems were realized by attaching bifacial silicon solar cells to the optimized FC stacks: a conventional system, where FC were attached to one side of the solar cell as a reference, and the proposed bifacial configuration. It was found that for the same overall FC area, the bifacial configuration increases the short-circuit current by a factor of 2.2, which is also in agreement with theoretical considerations.

  4. Structured SWNTs and Graphene for Solar Cells Kehang Cui, Takaaki Chiba, Xiao Chen, Shohei Chiashi and Shigeo Maruyama*

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    Maruyama, Shigeo

    of heterojunction solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The structure of SWNTs was controlled nanotubes, Micro-honeycomb, SWNT-Si solar cell, Dye-sensitized solar cell, Graphene 1. Introduction Single and structural simplicity. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs)6 have the advantages of relatively high PCE values

  5. Limiting Emission Angle for Improved Solar Cell

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    cooling, waste heat recovery and solar electricity generation, low values of the thermoelectric figure. Phase Transition Enhanced Thermoelectrics While thermoelectric materials can be used for solid state of merit, zT, have led to an efficiency too low for widespread use. Thermoelectric effects

  6. Copper doped polycrystalline silicon solar cell

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    Lovelace, Alan M. Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space (La Canada, CA); Koliwad, Krishna M. (La Canada, CA); Daud, Taher (La Crescenta, CA)

    1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Photovoltaic cells having improved performance are fabricated from polycrystalline silicon containing copper segregated at the grain boundaries.

  7. Light-trapping in dye-sensitized solar cells Stephen Foster* and Sajeev John

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    John, Sajeev

    Light-trapping in dye-sensitized solar cells Stephen Foster* and Sajeev John We demonstrate numerically that photonic crystal dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) can provide at least a factor of one researched is the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). These cells are inexpensive to make and boast power

  8. N-PERT BACK JUNCTION SOLAR CELLS: AN OPTION FOR THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY GENERATION?

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    are introducing a new solar cell design: the Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC), which features a full-PERT (Passivated Emitter, Rear Totally Diffused) solar cells with a processing sequence based on an industrialN-PERT BACK JUNCTION SOLAR CELLS: AN OPTION FOR THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY GENERATION? Bianca

  9. Preprint 24th EU PVSEC, 2009, Hamburg FITTING OF LATERAL RESISTANCES IN SILICON SOLAR CELLS

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    Junk, Michael

    Preprint 24th EU PVSEC, 2009, Hamburg FITTING OF LATERAL RESISTANCES IN SILICON SOLAR CELLS cell from electroluminescence (EL) is introduced. A two-dimensional model of the solar cell screen printed monocrystalline silicon solar cell are shown and the influence of lateral diffusion

  10. Nanodome Solar Cells with Efficient Light Management and Self-Cleaning

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    Cui, Yi

    Nanodome Solar Cells with Efficient Light Management and Self-Cleaning Jia Zhu, Ching-Mei Hsu Nanocone, nanodome, solar cell, light trapping, photovoltaics S olar cells of nanostructures 94305 ABSTRACT Here for the first time, we demonstrate novel nanodome solar cells, which have periodic

  11. Solar Cell Light Trapping beyond the Ray Optic Limit Dennis M. Callahan,* Jeremy N. Munday,

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    Atwater, Harry

    Solar Cell Light Trapping beyond the Ray Optic Limit Dennis M. Callahan,* Jeremy N. Munday: Photovoltaic cell, solar cell, local density of optical states (LDOS), light trapping, plasmonic, nanophotonic light trapping, as the solar cell absorber layer thickness is reduced, absorption is also reduced

  12. Solar-Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles

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    DeLuchi, Mark A.; Ogden, Joan M.

    1993-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    is ter for PEM fuel cells: thinner membranes cost less andPEM fuel cells, the extra yearly mineproduc- ciency, environmental impacts and Iife-cycle costcost air-separation or COz- removal methods are found, alkaline fuel cells could prove to be superior to PEM

  13. Fabrication of solar cells with counter doping prevention

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    Dennis, Timothy D; Li, Bo; Cousins, Peter John

    2013-02-19T23:59:59.000Z

    A solar cell fabrication process includes printing of dopant sources over a polysilicon layer over backside of a solar cell substrate. The dopant sources are cured to diffuse dopants from the dopant sources into the polysilicon layer to form diffusion regions, and to crosslink the dopant sources to make them resistant to a subsequently performed texturing process. To prevent counter doping, dopants from one of the dopant sources are prevented from outgassing and diffusing into the other dopant source. For example, phosphorus from an N-type dopant source is prevented from diffusing to a P-type dopant source comprising boron.

  14. Thin film solar cell including a spatially modulated intrinsic layer

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    Guha, Subhendu (Troy, MI); Yang, Chi-Chung (Troy, MI); Ovshinsky, Stanford R. (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

    1989-03-28T23:59:59.000Z

    One or more thin film solar cells in which the intrinsic layer of substantially amorphous semiconductor alloy material thereof includes at least a first band gap portion and a narrower band gap portion. The band gap of the intrinsic layer is spatially graded through a portion of the bulk thickness, said graded portion including a region removed from the intrinsic layer-dopant layer interfaces. The band gap of the intrinsic layer is always less than the band gap of the doped layers. The gradation of the intrinsic layer is effected such that the open circuit voltage and/or the fill factor of the one or plural solar cell structure is enhanced.

  15. Process Development for High Voc CdTe Solar Cells

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    Ferekides, C. S.; Morel, D. L.

    2011-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This is a cumulative and final report for Phases I, II and III of this NREL funded project (subcontract # XXL-5-44205-10). The main research activities of this project focused on the open-circuit voltage of the CdTe thin film solar cells. Although, thin film CdTe continues to be one of the leading materials for large-scale cost-effective production of photovoltaics, the efficiency of the CdTe solar cells have been stagnant for the last few years. This report describes and summarizes the results for this 3-year research project.

  16. Substrate for thin silicon solar cells

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    Ciszek, T.F.

    1995-03-28T23:59:59.000Z

    A photovoltaic device for converting solar energy into electrical signals comprises a substrate, a layer of photoconductive semiconductor material grown on said substrate, wherein the substrate comprises an alloy of boron and silicon, the boron being present in a range of from 0.1 to 1.3 atomic percent, the alloy having a lattice constant substantially matched to that of the photoconductive semiconductor material and a resistivity of less than 1{times}10{sup {minus}3} ohm-cm. 4 figures.

  17. Substrate for thin silicon solar cells

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Ciszek, Theodore F. (Evergreen, CO)

    1995-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A photovoltaic device for converting solar energy into electrical signals comprises a substrate, a layer of photoconductive semiconductor material grown on said substrate, wherein the substrate comprises an alloy of boron and silicon, the boron being present in a range of from 0.1 to 1.3 atomic percent, the alloy having a lattice constant substantially matched to that of the photoconductive semiconductor material and a resistivity of less than 1.times.10.sup.-3 ohm-cm.

  18. Solar Cell Simulation | Department of Energy

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Delicious RankCombustion |Energy Usage 禄 SearchEnergyDepartmentScoping Study |4 Solar Background Document 4

  19. Highly Mismatched Alloys for Intermediate Band Solar Cells

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    Walukiewicz, W.; Yu, K.M.; Wu, J.; Ager III, J.W.; Shan, W.; Scrapulla, M.A.; Dubon, O.D.; Becla, P.

    2005-03-21T23:59:59.000Z

    It has long been recognized that the introduction of a narrow band of states in a semiconductor band gap could be used to achieve improved power conversion efficiency in semiconductor-based solar cells. The intermediate band would serve as a ''stepping stone'' for photons of different energy to excite electrons from the valence to the conduction band. An important advantage of this design is that it requires formation of only a single p-n junction, which is a crucial simplification in comparison to multijunction solar cells. A detailed balance analysis predicts a limiting efficiency of more than 50% for an optimized, single intermediate band solar cell. This is higher than the efficiency of an optimized two junction solar cell. Using ion beam implantation and pulsed laser melting we have synthesized Zn{sub 1-y}Mn{sub y}O{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} alloys with x<0.03. These highly mismatched alloys have a unique electronic structure with a narrow oxygen-derived intermediate band. The width and the location of the band is described by the Band Anticrossing model and can be varied by controlling the oxygen content. This provides a unique opportunity to optimize the absorption of solar photons for best solar cell performance. We have carried out systematic studies of the effects of the intermediate band on the optical and electrical properties of Zn{sub 1-y}Mn{sub y}O{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} alloys. We observe an extension of the photovoltaic response towards lower photon energies, which is a clear indication of optical transitions from the valence to the intermediate band.

  20. Moon's Radiation Environment and Expected Performance of Solar Cells during Future Lunar Missions

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    Girish, T E

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Several lunar missions are planned ahead and there is an increasing demand for efficient photovoltaic power generation in the moon. The knowledge of solar cell operation in the lunar surface obtained during early seventies need to be updated considering current views on solar variability and emerging space solar cell technologies. In this paper some aspects of the solar cell performance expected under variable lunar radiation environment during future space missions to moon are addressed. We have calculated relative power expected from different types of solar cells under extreme solar proton irradiation conditions and high lunar daytime temperature. It is also estimated that 2-3 % of annual solar cell degradation is most probable during the future lunar missions. We have also discussed photovoltaic power generation in long term lunar bases emphasizing technological needs such as sunlight concentration, solar cell cooling and magnetic shielding of radiation for improving the efficiency of solar cells in the l...

  1. Moon's Radiation Environment and Expected Performance of Solar Cells during Future Lunar Missions

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    T. E Girish; S Aranya

    2010-12-03T23:59:59.000Z

    Several lunar missions are planned ahead and there is an increasing demand for efficient photovoltaic power generation in the moon. The knowledge of solar cell operation in the lunar surface obtained during early seventies need to be updated considering current views on solar variability and emerging space solar cell technologies. In this paper some aspects of the solar cell performance expected under variable lunar radiation environment during future space missions to moon are addressed. We have calculated relative power expected from different types of solar cells under extreme solar proton irradiation conditions and high lunar daytime temperature. It is also estimated that 2-3 % of annual solar cell degradation is most probable during the future lunar missions. We have also discussed photovoltaic power generation in long term lunar bases emphasizing technological needs such as sunlight concentration, solar cell cooling and magnetic shielding of radiation for improving the efficiency of solar cells in the lunar environment.

  2. SIMULATION OF GEOMETRY AND SHADOW EFFECTS IN 3D ORGANIC POLYMER SOLAR CELLS

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    Kassegne, Samuel Kinde

    levels of Solar panels and new production capacity is driving solar PV prices lower and thereby, bringingSIMULATION OF GEOMETRY AND SHADOW EFFECTS IN 3D ORGANIC POLYMER SOLAR CELLS OF THE THESIS Simulation of Geometry and Shadow Effects in 3D Organic Polymer Solar Cells by Mihir Prakashbhai

  3. Enabling Thin Silicon Solar Cell Technology

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    cracking problem in silicon cell technology," says Budiman. "The ALS provides us with a light that allows us to measure and characterize molecular stress in a very quantitative...

  4. Design criteria for Si point-contact concentrator solar cells

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    Sinton, R.A.; Swanson, R.M.

    1987-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Design criteria for concentrator solar cells are presented for the highly three-dimensional case of backside point-contact solar cells. A recent new experimental result, a 28-percent efficient cell (25/sup 0/C, 15-Wcm/sup 2/ incident power) is used as a case study of the dependences of the recombination components and the carrier density gradients on the geometrical design parameters. The optimum geometry is found to depend upon the intended design power density as well as the attainable physical parameters allowed by the fabrication techniques utilized. Modeling projections indicate that an ultimate efficiency of 30.6 percent (36 Wcm/sup 2/, 300 K) is achievable using the diffused emitters presently employed on these cells. Incorporation of results from the study pf polycrystalline emitters could improve these efficiencies toward 31.7 percent.

  5. Optical system for determining physical characteristics of a solar cell

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    Sopori, Bhushan L. (Denver, CO)

    2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The invention provides an improved optical system for determining the physical characteristics of a solar cell. The system comprises a lamp means for projecting light in a wide solid-angle onto the surface of the cell; a chamber for receiving the light through an entrance port, the chamber having an interior light absorbing spherical surface, an exit port for receiving a beam of light reflected substantially normal to the cell, a cell support, and an lower aperture for releasing light into a light absorbing baffle; a means for dispersing the reflection into monochromatic components; a means for detecting an intensity of the components; and a means for reporting the determination.

  6. Research highlights potential for improved solar cells

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE:1 First Use of Energy for All Purposes (Fuel and Nonfuel),Feet) Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May JunDatastreamsmmcrcalgovInstrumentsrucLas ConchasPassive Solar HomePromisingStories 禄Submitter A B C D E F G H I JDefenseandPotential

  7. Development of low-temperature solution-processed colloidal quantum dot-based solar cells

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    Chang, Liang-Yi, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Solution-processed solar cells incorporating organic semiconductors and inorganic colloidal quantum dots (QDs) are potential alternatives to conventional solar cells fabricated via vacuum or high-temperature sintering ...

  8. Impurity and back contact effects on CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells.

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    Zhao, Hehong

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells are the most promising cost-effective solar cells. The goal of this project is to improve the performance for CdS/CdTe devices (more)

  9. Design of Zinc Oxide Based Solid-State Excitonic Solar Cell with Improved Efficiency

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    Lee, Tao Hua

    2012-02-14T23:59:59.000Z

    Excitonic photovoltaic devices, including organic, hybrid organic/inorganic, and dye-sensitized solar cells, are attractive alternatives to conventional inorganic solar cells due to their potential for low cost and low temperature solution...

  10. a-si solar cells: Topics by E-print Network

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    for the development of amorphous Si solar cells Seung May 2010 Keywords: a-Si:H Thin film Si solar cell Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) a b s t r a c t We Park, Byungwoo...

  11. a-si solar cell: Topics by E-print Network

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    for the development of amorphous Si solar cells Seung May 2010 Keywords: a-Si:H Thin film Si solar cell Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) a b s t r a c t We Park, Byungwoo...

  12. NREL Success Stories - Quest for Inexpensive Silicon Solar Cells

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    Branz, Howard

    2013-05-29T23:59:59.000Z

    Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) share their story about a successful partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Ampulse Corporation and how support from the US Department of Energy's Technology Commercialization & Deployment Fund has helped it and their silicon solar cell research thrive.

  13. Polyaniline on crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells Weining Wanga

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    Schiff, Eric A.

    -Si have long been of fundamental interest, and amorphous silicon a-Si:H /c-Si heterojunctions are now is about the current limit achieved with a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunctions. The largest VOC we ob- tained was 0Polyaniline on crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells Weining Wanga and E. A. Schiff

  14. MORPHOLOGY DEPENDENT SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT IN BULK HETEROJUNCTION SOLAR CELL

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    Alam, Muhammad A.

    of the coupled exciton/electron/hole flow in the disordered polymer network, but also guarantees to connect kinetics appears complex and final structure is randomly interpenetrating clusters of polymer and fullerene, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA ABSTRACT Polymer based bulk heterostructure (BH) solar cell offers

  15. Enhanced regeneration of degraded polymer solar cells by thermal annealing

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    Kumar, Pankaj, E-mail: pankaj@mail.nplindia.ernet.in [CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (India); Centre for Organic Electronics, Physics, University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW-2308 (Australia); Bilen, Chhinder; Zhou, Xiaojing; Belcher, Warwick J.; Dastoor, Paul C., E-mail: Paul.Dastoor@newcastle.edu.au [Centre for Organic Electronics, Physics, University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW-2308 (Australia); Feron, Krishna [Centre for Organic Electronics, Physics, University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW-2308 (Australia); CSIRO Energy Technology, P. O. Box 330, Newcastle NSW 2300 (Australia)

    2014-05-12T23:59:59.000Z

    The degradation and thermal regeneration of poly(3-hexylethiophene) (P3HT):[6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 61}-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) and P3HT:indene-C{sub 60} bisadduct (ICBA) polymer solar cells, with Ca/Al and Ca/Ag cathodes and indium tin oxide/poly(ethylene-dioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate anode have been investigated. Degradation occurs via a combination of three primary pathways: (1) cathodic oxidation, (2) active layer phase segregation, and (3) anodic diffusion. Fully degraded devices were subjected to thermal annealing under inert atmosphere. Degraded solar cells possessing Ca/Ag electrodes were observed to regenerate their performance, whereas solar cells having Ca/Al electrodes exhibited no significant regeneration of device characteristics after thermal annealing. Moreover, the solar cells with a P3HT:ICBA active layer exhibited enhanced regeneration compared to P3HT:PCBM active layer devices as a result of reduced changes to the active layer morphology. Devices combining a Ca/Ag cathode and P3HT:ICBA active layer demonstrated ?50% performance restoration over several degradation/regeneration cycles.

  16. Unraveling the Role of Morphology on Organic Solar Cell Performance

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    Biswajit Ray; Pradeep R. Nair; Muhammad A. Alam

    2010-11-03T23:59:59.000Z

    Polymer based organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology offers a relatively inexpensive option for solar energy conversion provided its efficiency increases beyond the current level (6-7%) along with significant improvements in operational lifetime. The critical aspect of such solar cells is the complex morphology of distributed bulk heterojunctions, which plays the central role in the conversion of photo-generated excitons to electron-hole pairs. However, the fabrication conditions that can produce the optimal morphology are still unknown due to the lack of quantitative understanding of the effects of process variables on the cell morphology. In this article, we develop a unique process-device co-simulation framework based on phase-field model for phase separation coupled with self-consistent drift-diffusion transport to quantitatively explore the effects of the process conditions (e.g., annealing temperature, mixing ratio, anneal duration) on the organic solar cell performance. Our results explain experimentally observed trends of open circuit voltage and short circuit current that would otherwise be deemed anomalous from the perspective of conventional solar cells. In addition to providing an optimization framework for OPV technology, our morphology-aware modeling approach is ideally suited for a wide class of problems involving porous materials, block co-polymers, polymer colloids, OLED devices etc.

  17. Photovoltaic Measurements in Single-Nanowire Silicon Solar Cells

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    Atwater, Harry

    Photovoltaic Measurements in Single-Nanowire Silicon Solar Cells Michael D. Kelzenberg, Daniel B-voltage measurements were made under simulated Air Mass 1.5 global illumination. Photovoltaic spectral response work by our group has shown that macroscopic Si wire arrays (>1 cm2 in area) suitable for photovoltaic

  18. EELE408 Photovoltaics Lecture 11: Solar Cell Parameters

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    mV Commercial silicon solar cells 500-600 mV 11 Power & IV Curve Power (Watts) is the rate The power output by a source is the product of the current supplied and the voltage at which the current was supplied 12 Power output = Source voltage x Source current P=V x I (Watts = Joules/second) = (Volts

  19. Aerogel tempelated ZnO dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hamann, T. W.; Martinson , A. B. E.; Elam, J. W.; Pellin, M. J.; Hupp, J. T.; Materials Science Division; Northwestern Univ.

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Atomic layer deposition is employed to conformally coat low density, high surface area aerogel films with ZnO. The ZnO/aerogel membranes are incorporated as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells, which exhibit excellent power efficiencies of up to 2.4% under 100 mW cm{sup -2} light intensity.

  20. 1. INTRODUCTION CdTe/CdS solar cells are among the most promising

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    Romeo, Alessandro

    Te/CdS SOLAR CELLS A.Romeo, A.N. Tiwari, and H. Zogg Thin Films Physics Group, Institute of Quantum ElectronicsTe/CdS thin film solar cells. The merits of different TCOs and the properties of the CdTe/CdS solar cells1. INTRODUCTION CdTe/CdS solar cells are among the most promising devices for low cost and high

  1. Panoramic view of electrochemical pseudocapacitor and organic solar cell research in molecularly engineered energy materials (MEEM)

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    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Photodiodes from Interpenetrating Polymer Networks. NaturePolymer Solar Cells with Nanoscale Control of the Interpenetrating Network

  2. High throughput parallel backside contacting and periodic texturing for high-efficiency solar cells

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    Daniel, Claus; Blue, Craig A.; Ott, Ronald D.

    2014-08-19T23:59:59.000Z

    Disclosed are configurations of long-range ordered features of solar cell materials, and methods for forming same. Some features include electrical access openings through a backing layer to a photovoltaic material in the solar cell. Some features include textured features disposed adjacent a surface of a solar cell material. Typically the long-range ordered features are formed by ablating the solar cell material with a laser interference pattern from at least two laser beams.

  3. Manufacturing-Friendly Advance Seen in CIGS Solar Cell Processing (Fact Sheet)

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    2011-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Scientists developed a robust, high-performance amorphous InZnO transparent contact for CIGS solar cells.

  4. 21.9% efficient silicon bifacial solar cells

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    Zhou, C.Z.; Verlinden, P.J.; Crane, R.A.; Swanson, R.M. [SunPower Corp., Sunnyvale, CA (United States); Sinton, R.A. [Sinton Consulting, San Jose, CA (United States)

    1997-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

    This paper reports the efficiency of bifacial silicon solar cells and mini-modules fabricated at SunPower Corp. The best cell has AM1.5G front efficiency of 21.9% and rear efficiency of 13.9%. The mini-modules, each containing 20 bifacial cells, attain efficiency as high as the average efficiency of their individual cells. The best module has AM1.5G front efficiency of 20.66% and rear efficiency of 10.54%. Optical properties of the bifacial cells have also been measured and analyzed. The results show that bifacial cells, compared to monofacial cells, absorb less infrared light and thus they can operate at lower temperature in space.

  5. SOLAR CELL BASED PYRANOMETERS: EVALUATION OF THE DIFFUSE RESPONSE Frank Vignola

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    Oregon, University of

    260 SOLAR CELL BASED PYRANOMETERS: EVALUATION OF THE DIFFUSE RESPONSE Frank Vignola Department The responsivity to diffuse radiation of a solar cell based pyranometer is studied. Diffuse measurements are made of the LiCor pyranometer is presented. Implication of the spectral dependence of the solar cell based

  6. CVD growth control and solar cell application of single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Maruyama, Shigeo

    demonstrated the air-stable SWNT/Si solar cells with power conversion efficiency (PCE) approaching 11% for the first time. The PCE of the solar cell slightly increases after 10-month ambient #12;ii exposure-HN to the SWNT-Si solar cell results in both high PCE and high fill factor. Note that the achieved PCE

  7. Intermediate-band solar cells based on quantum dot supracrystals Q. Shao and A. A. Balandina

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    parameter in the photovoltaic PV solar cell technology. It is defined as = FFVocJsc Pin , 1 where FFIntermediate-band solar cells based on quantum dot supracrystals Q. Shao and A. A. Balandina Nano to implement the intermediate-band solar cell with the efficiency exceeding the Shockley-Queisser limit

  8. Advancing beyond current generation dye-sensitized solar cells Thomas W. Hamann,ab

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    Advancing beyond current generation dye-sensitized solar cells Thomas W. Hamann,ab Rebecca A The most efficient dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have had essentially the same configuration on the fabrication and character- ization of new architectures for dye-sensitized solar cells. He now holds

  9. Spectroscopy of Donor--Acceptor Porphyrins for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Himpsel, Franz J.

    Spectroscopy of Donor--Acceptor Porphyrins for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Ioannis Zegkinoglou improvement in the design of dye- sensitized solar cells has been the combination of light- absorbing the energy conversion efficiency. INTRODUCTION Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are promising alternatives

  10. Hydroxamate Anchors for Improved Photoconversion in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Hydroxamate Anchors for Improved Photoconversion in Dye- Sensitized Solar Cells Timothy P. Brewster-polypyridyl dyes to TiO2 surfaces in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The study provides fundamental insight materials such as dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) made of sensitized nano- particulate thin-films.4 Since

  11. Nanomaterials-Enabled Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells and Jun Lou1

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    O-7 Nanomaterials-Enabled Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Pei Dong1 and Jun Lou1 1 sensitized solar cells (DSCs), the third generation of solar cells, have attracted more and more attention Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Rice University, Houston, Texas, U.S.A. Dye

  12. New Architectures for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Alex B. F. Martinson,[a, b

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    New Architectures for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Alex B. F. Martinson,[a, b] Thomas W. Hamann of magnitude such as depicted in Figure 1. Abstract: Modern dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) tech- nology steadily climbing, one class--dye-sensi- tized solar cells (DSSCs)--has notably plateaued. After

  13. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells DOI: 10.1002/anie.201104786

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    Lin, Zhiqun

    Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells DOI: 10.1002/anie.201104786 Low-Cost Copper Zinc Tin Sulfide Counter Electrodes for High- Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells** Xukai Xin, Ming He, Wei Han, Jaehan Jung, and Zhiqun Lin* Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are among the most promising photovoltaic devices for low

  14. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells DOI: 10.1002/anie.200704919

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    Cao, Guozhong

    Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells DOI: 10.1002/anie.200704919 Aggregation of ZnO Nanocrystallites for High Conversion Efficiency in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells** Qifeng Zhang, Tammy P. Chou, Bryan Russo, Samson A system consisting of a dye-sensitized semiconductor film and an electrolyte, dye-sensitized solar cells

  15. Determining the locus for photocarrier recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Schiff, Eric A.

    Determining the locus for photocarrier recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells Kai Zhua) and E and infrared transmittance measurements on dye-sensitized solar cells based on a mesoporous titania (TiO2. 漏 2002 American Institute of Physics. DOI: 10.1063/1.1436533 Dye-sensitized solar cells based

  16. Graphene Materials and Their Use in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Joseph D. Roy-Mayhew,

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    Aksay, Ilhan A.

    Graphene Materials and Their Use in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Joseph D. Roy-Mayhew, and Ilhan A References 6345 1. INTRODUCTION Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have taken up broad interest. Graphene Applications in Other Types of Solar Cells 6343 7. Conclusions and Outlook 6343 Author Information

  17. Dye-sensitized solar cells using laser processing techniques A. Piqu, a

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    Arnold, Craig B.

    Dye-sensitized solar cells using laser processing techniques H. Kim,a A. Piqu茅, a G. P. Kushto,a R in dye-sensitized solar cells. LDW enables the fabrication of conformal structures containing metals that is ideally suited for dye-sensitized solar cells. In this experiment, a pulsed UV laser (355nm) is used

  18. Functionalized Graphene Sheets as a Versatile Replacement for Platinum in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Aksay, Ilhan A.

    ) electrodes were tested for catalytic performance in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). By using ethyl) this residue must not disperse in the electrolyte. KEYWORDS: graphene, dye-sensitized solar cell, cobalt redox mediator, triiodide, sacrificial binder 1. INTRODUCTION Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs

  19. ZnO nanoparticles and nanowire array hybrid photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Cao, Guozhong

    ZnO nanoparticles and nanowire array hybrid photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells Supan for dye-sensitized solar cell DSC with NW arrays to serve as a direct pathway for fast electron transport Institute of Physics. doi:10.1063/1.3327339 Dye-sensitized solar cells DSCs have attracted a lot

  20. Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Efforts at Ris National Laboratory Matteo Biancardo, Keld West, Frederik C. Krebs

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    Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Efforts at Ris酶 National Laboratory Matteo Biancardo, Keld West solar cells (http://www.risoe.dk/solarcells/). In this contribution we address optimizations of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) through the combination of important issues like semitransparency, quasi

  1. Eumelanin Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Grown with Matrix-assisted Pulsed Laser

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    Eumelanin Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Grown with Matrix-assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation~4 DHICA DHICA #12; III Abstract At present the majority dye-sensitized solar cell research all, and besides provides and does not have other uses for the dye-sensitized solar cell use. In order to improve

  2. High Excitation Transfer Efficiency from Energy Relay Dyes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    McGehee, Michael

    High Excitation Transfer Efficiency from Energy Relay Dyes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Brian E, TT1, to increase the overall power conversion efficiency of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) from 3 be efficiently implemented in optimized dye-sensitized solar cells, but also highlights the need to design highly

  3. Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells utilizing a Benzothiadiazole-based Oligomer

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    Collins, Gary S.

    Advantages over silicon solar cells 路 Roll-to-roll manufacturing lowers costs through a faster rate cells, which have issues of their own, will remain the dominant solar energy provider and the world to find a viable option to alleviate global energy concerns. One proposed solution, the organic solar cell

  4. Hierarchically Structured ZnO Nanorods-Nanosheets for Improved Quantum-Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Cao, Guozhong

    ). This hierarchical structure had two advantages in improving the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the solar cells. INTRODUCTION The establishment of low-cost and high-performance solar cells for sustainable energy sourcesHierarchically Structured ZnO Nanorods-Nanosheets for Improved Quantum-Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells

  5. Nanowire Solar Cells Erik C. Garnett, Mark L. Brongersma, Yi Cui,

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    Cui, Yi

    , nanoscience, light trapping, energy, solar cells Abstract The nanowire geometry provides potential advantages of vertical nanowires with radial junctions take advantage of all these effects, although solar cells madeNanowire Solar Cells Erik C. Garnett, Mark L. Brongersma, Yi Cui, and Michael D. McGehee Department

  6. Hybrid solar cells based on porous Si and copper phthalocyanine derivatives

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    Euler, William B.

    Hybrid solar cells based on porous Si and copper phthalocyanine derivatives I. A. Levitskya 25 October 2004) We demonstrate a solar cell based on n-type nanoporous Si (PSi) filled with copper of the PSi structure and pore filling on the solar cell performance is discussed. 2004 American Institute

  7. Thin crystalline silicon solar cells based on epitaxial films grown at 165C by RF PECVD

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    1 Thin crystalline silicon solar cells based on epitaxial films grown at 165掳C by RF PECVD Romain temperatures. Keywords : Low temperature, epitaxy, PECVD, Si thin film, Solar cell hal-00749873,version1-25Nov shortage until 2010. Research on epitaxial growth for thin film crystalline silicon solar cells has gained

  8. Mechanics of thin-film transistors and solar cells on flexible substrates Helena Gleskova*

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    1 Mechanics of thin-film transistors and solar cells on flexible substrates Helena Gleskova* , I be minimized throughout the fabrication process. Amorphous silicon thin-film transistors and solar cells, thin-film transistor, solar cell, flexible electronics Phone: (609) 258-4626, Fax: (609) 258-3585, E

  9. CNT-SI HETEROJUNCTION SOLAR CELLS WITH STRUCTURE-CONTROLLED SINGLE-WALL CARBON NANOTUBE FILMS

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    Maruyama, Shigeo

    CNT-SI HETEROJUNCTION SOLAR CELLS WITH STRUCTURE- CONTROLLED SINGLE-WALL CARBON NANOTUBE FILMS. The heterojunction solar cell was fabricated by dry depositing the SWNT film to the 3 mm by 3 mm n-type silicon solar cells. We proposed a water-vapor treatment to build up SWNTs to a self-assembled micro- honeycomb

  10. Performance predictions for monolithic, thin-film CdTe/Ge tandem solar cells

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    Pulfrey, David L.

    Performance predictions for monolithic, thin-film CdTe/Ge tandem solar cells D.L. Pulfrey*, J. Dell): pulfrey@ece.ubc.ca ABSTRACT Cadmium telluride thin-film solar cells are now commercially available be attainable. 1. INTRODUCTION Thin film solar cells based on polycrystalline CdTe have been investigated

  11. Air-Stable High-Efficiency Solar Cells Using Improved Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Films

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    Maruyama, Shigeo

    1 Air-Stable High-Efficiency Solar Cells Using Improved Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Films Kehang-3-5800-6983. #12;2 ABSTRACT We present the single-walled carbon nanotube/silicon (SWNT/Si) solar cells approaching, the PCEs of the fabricated solar cells slightly increased after six-month exposure in air without any

  12. The novel usage of spectroscopic ellipsometry for the development of amorphous Si solar cells

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    Park, Byungwoo

    May 2010 Keywords: a-Si:H Thin film Si solar cell Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) a b s t r a c t We analyzed with relation to structural and electrical properties of a-Si:H thin film for solar cell and faster methodology to develop a-Si:H thin film for thin film Si solar cells using SE measurements

  13. Femtosecond laser ablation of indium tin-oxide narrow grooves for thin film solar cells

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    Van Stryland, Eric

    Femtosecond laser ablation of indium tin-oxide narrow grooves for thin film solar cells Qiumei Bian in the fabrication and assembly of thin film solar cells. Using a femtosecond (fs) laser, we selectively removed a unique scheme to ablate the indium tin-oxide layer for the fabrication of thin film solar cells

  14. Plasmonic enhancement of thin-film solar cells using gold-black C.J. Fredricksena

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    Peale, Robert E.

    Plasmonic enhancement of thin-film solar cells using gold-black coatings C.J. Fredricksena , D. R thin-film amorphous-silicon solar cells enhance the short-circuit current by 20% over a broad spectrum and locally enhance the field strength. Keywords: plasmonics, thin-film, solar cell, metallic nanoparticles

  15. Thin crystalline silicon solar cells based on epitaxial films grown at 165C by RF PECVD

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    1 Thin crystalline silicon solar cells based on epitaxial films grown at 165掳C by RF PECVD Romain temperatures. Keywords : Low temperature, epitaxy, PECVD, Si thin film, Solar cell #12;2 1. Introduction: martin.labrune@polytechnique.edu ABSTRACT We report on heterojunction solar cells whose thin intrinsic

  16. Optimization of the absorption efficiency of an amorphous-silicon thin-film tandem solar cell

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    Optimization of the absorption efficiency of an amorphous-silicon thin-film tandem solar cell-wave approach was used to compute the plane-wave absorptance of a thin-film tandem solar cell with a metallic颅4]. In this context, a basic idea is to periodically texture the metallic back reflector of a thin-film solar cell

  17. METAL BLACKS AS SCATTERING CENTERS TO INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS

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    Peale, Robert E.

    METAL BLACKS AS SCATTERING CENTERS TO INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS by DEEP R surface of thin-film solar cells to improve efficiency. The principle is that scattering, which film solar cell. The particular types of particles investigated here are known as "metal-black", well

  18. Semiconductor heterostructures and optimization of light-trapping structures for efficient thin-film solar cells

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    Yu, Edward T.

    applications. However, one of the most persistent issues in solar cell design continues to be how to most and integration of active and passive media in solar cells. Myriad photonic structures containing sub of semiconductor nanostructures have inspired a host of new solar cell structures, including designs based

  19. GEOMETRIC CHARACTERIZATION AND OPTIMIZATION OF 3D ORGANIC FLEXIBLE SOLAR CELLS

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    Kassegne, Samuel Kinde

    GEOMETRIC CHARACTERIZATION AND OPTIMIZATION OF 3D ORGANIC FLEXIBLE SOLAR CELLS Characterization and Optimization of 3D Organic Flexible Solar Cells by Ashish K. Gaikwad Master of Science of flexible organic solar cells, micro-fabricated using novel microfabrication procedures. A fully functional

  20. Experimental demonstration of enhanced photon recycling in angle-restricted GaAs solar cells

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    Faraon, Andrei

    Experimental demonstration of enhanced photon recycling in angle-restricted GaAs solar cells Emily, emphasizing the optical nature of the effect. 1 Introduction For ideal solar cells where all recombination. Despite this theoretical prediction, until recently even the highest efficiency solar cells were not close

  1. Engineering metal-impurity nanodefects for low-cost solar cells

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    LETTERS Engineering metal-impurity nanodefects for low-cost solar cells TONIO BUONASSISI1 online: 14 August 2005; doi:10.1038/nmat1457 A s the demand for high-quality solar-cell feedstock exceeds in dramatic enhancements of performance even in heavily contaminated solar-cell material. Highly sensitive

  2. How much can guided modes enhance absorption in thin solar cells?

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    Atwater, Harry

    How much can guided modes enhance absorption in thin solar cells? Peter N. Saeta,1,2 Vivian E-backed solar cells caused by dipole scatterers embedded in the absorbing layer is studied using a semi limit of efficiency of p-n junction solar cells," J. Appl. Phys. 32, 510519 (1961). 2. C. H. Henry

  3. Towards an understanding of light activation processes in titanium oxide based inverted organic solar cells

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    Paris-Sud XI, Universit茅 de

    solar cells S. Chambon, E. Destouesse, B. Pavageau, L. Hirsch, and G. Wantz Citation: J. Appl. Phys. 112. Related Articles Power losses in bilayer inverted small molecule organic solar cells Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 233903 (2012) Thin-film encapsulation of inverted indium-tin-oxide-free polymer solar cells by atomic

  4. SCALING-UP OF NEW GENERATION OF 3D FLEXIBLE ORGANIC SOLAR CELLS

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    Kassegne, Samuel Kinde

    SCALING-UP OF NEW GENERATION OF 3D FLEXIBLE ORGANIC SOLAR CELLS _______________ A Thesis Presented Generation of 3D Flexible Organic Solar Cell _____________________________________________ Samuel Kinde Engineering San Diego State University, 2012 Scaling-up of New Generation of 3D Flexible Organic Solar Cells

  5. Ligand chemistry of titania precursor affects transient photovoltaic behavior in inverted organic solar cells

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    Hone, James

    solar cells Jong Bok Kim, Seokhoon Ahn, Seok Ju Kang, Colin Nuckolls, and Yueh-Lin Loo Citation: Appl Institute of Physics. Related Articles A ferroelectric璼emiconductor-coupled solar cell with tunable electrodeposited Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells: Application for non-destructive defect assessment Appl. Phys. Lett. 102

  6. STUDY OF THE EFFECT OF ABSORBER ETCHING ON THE BACK CONTACT PERFORMANCE OF CDTE SOLAR CELLS

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    Romeo, Alessandro

    STUDY OF THE EFFECT OF ABSORBER ETCHING ON THE BACK CONTACT PERFORMANCE OF CDTE SOLAR CELLS Ivan that has shown a remarkable market success in thin film solar cells. It is well known that deposition and defects are addressed. 2 EXPERIMENTAL CdTe solar cells, in our laboratory, are usually prepared as follows

  7. Embedding metal electrodes in thick active layers for ITO-free plasmonic organic solar cells

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    Park, Namkyoo

    Embedding metal electrodes in thick active layers for ITO-free plasmonic organic solar cells%) in optical absorption over both a conventional ITO organic solar cell and a conventional plasmonic organic solar cell with top-loaded metallic grating is predicted in the proposed structure. Optimal positioning

  8. innovati nNREL Scientists Spurred the Success of Multijunction Solar Cells

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    innovati nNREL Scientists Spurred the Success of Multijunction Solar Cells Before 1984, many a solar cell can convert into electricity. Olson thought the focus should change to finding materials-winning gallium indium phosphide/gallium arsenide tandem solar cell, which had achieved record efficiencies, con

  9. The role of three-dimensional morphology on the efficiency of hybrid polymer solar cells

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    Schmidt, Volker

    1 The role of three-dimensional morphology on the efficiency of hybrid polymer solar cells Stefan D.a.j.janssen@tue.nl #12;2 Abstract: The efficiency of polymer solar cells critically depends on the intimacy of mixing and quantitative correlation between solar cell performance, photophysical data and the three

  10. On the modeling and simulation of reaction-transfer dynamics in semiconductor-electrolyte solar cells

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    Ren, Kui

    -performance semiconductor-liquid junction solar cells. We propose in this work a macroscopic mathematical model, a sys- tem-liquid junction, solar cell simulation, naso-scale device modeling. 1 Introduction The mathematical modeling by the increasing need of simulation tools for designing efficient solar cells to harvest sunlight for clean energy

  11. THROUGH-THE-GLASS SPECTROSCOPIC ELLIPSOMETRY OF CdTe SOLAR CELLS

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    Rockett, Angus

    THROUGH-THE-GLASS SPECTROSCOPIC ELLIPSOMETRY OF CdTe SOLAR CELLS Jie Chen 1 , Jian Li 1 , Courtney of the optical structure of CdTe solar cells on transparent conducting oxide (TCO) coated glass superstrates. SE components from the coated glass before solar cell fabrication. A step-by-step fitting procedure identifies

  12. A simple solar cell series resistance measurement method J. Cabestany and L. Castaer

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    Boyer, Edmond

    the series resistance of a solar cell is described. This procedure only needs dark I(V) measurements565 A simple solar cell series resistance measurement method J. Cabestany and L. Casta帽er E Physics Abstracts 73.40L The series resistance of a solar cell is a parameter of special interest because

  13. The Role of Confined Water in Ionic Liquid Electrolytes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Goddard III, William A.

    The Role of Confined Water in Ionic Liquid Electrolytes for Dye- Sensitized Solar Cells Jiwon Jeon %) for applications such as nonvolatile electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). This suggests a strategy Structure, Quantum Chemistry,General Theory The dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) proposed by Gratzel et al.1

  14. innovati nNREL Designs Promising New Oxides for Solar Cells

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    material. The upper TCO contact in a solar cell allows light to reach the absorber material below, whichinnovati nNREL Designs Promising New Oxides for Solar Cells High-efficiency, thin-film solar cells electricity but are 90% transparent to visible light. Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  15. Extended light scattering model incorporating coherence for thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Lenstra, Arjen K.

    Extended light scattering model incorporating coherence for thin-film silicon solar cells Thomas film solar cells. The model integrates coherent light propagation in thin layers with a direct, non potential for light trapping in textured thin film silicon solar cells. VC 2011 American Institute

  16. Silicon Solar Cell Light-Trapping Using Defect Mode Photonic Kelsey A. Whitesell*a

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    Atwater, Harry

    Silicon Solar Cell Light-Trapping Using Defect Mode Photonic Crystals Kelsey A. Whitesell to enhance performance of thin film solar cells because of their unique ability to control light. We show for light trapping in thin film photovoltaics. Keywords: photonic crystals, defect, silicon, solar cell

  17. Angular constraint on light-trapping absorption enhancement in solar cells and Shanhui Fan

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    Fan, Shanhui

    Angular constraint on light-trapping absorption enhancement in solar cells Zongfu Yua and Shanhui 2010; accepted 5 December 2010; published online 4 January 2011 Light trapping for solar cells can to both random tex- tured and periodic absorbers. To model light trapping in solar cells, we consider

  18. Light trapping design for low band-gap polymer solar cells

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    John, Sajeev

    Light trapping design for low band-gap polymer solar cells Stephen Foster1,* and Sajeev John1,2 1 demonstrate numerically a 2-D nanostructured design for light trapping in a low band-gap polymer solar cell, "Light harvesting improvement of organic solar cells with self- enhanced active layer designs," Opt

  19. Absorption Enhancement in Ultrathin Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells with Antireflection and Light-Trapping Nanocone Gratings

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    Fan, Shanhui

    Absorption Enhancement in Ultrathin Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells with Antireflection and Light ABSTRACT: Enhancing the light absorption in ultrathin-film silicon solar cells is important for improving in the back reflector. KEYWORDS: Solar cells, light trapping, antireflection, crystalline silicon, absorption

  20. Light harvesting by planar photonic crystal in solar cells: The case of amorphous silicon

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    Boyer, Edmond

    Light harvesting by planar photonic crystal in solar cells: The case of amorphous silicon Guillaume on light management in silicon thin film solar cells, using photonic crystals (PhC) structures. We by means of optical simulations performed on realistic thin film solar cell stacks. Theoretically

  1. Metal-black scattering centers to enhance light harvesting by thin-film solar cells

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    Peale, Robert E.

    Metal-black scattering centers to enhance light harvesting by thin-film solar cells Deep Panjwania as scattering centers to increase the effective optical thickness of thin-film solar cells. The particular type. Gold-black was deposited on commercial thin-film solar cells using a thermal evaporator in nitrogen

  2. innovati nAward-Winning Etching Process Cuts Solar Cell Costs

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    are wasted. Manufacturers have devised ways to boost the amount of light absorbed by silicon solar cellsinnovati nAward-Winning Etching Process Cuts Solar Cell Costs In general, when it comes to photovoltaic (PV) solar cells, the higher their efficiency, the higher their price tag. To increase cell

  3. FRONTIERS ARTICLE Efficiency enhancement of copper contaminated radial pn junction solar cells

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    Yang, Peidong

    energy represents one of the most important sustainable and renewable energy sources. The most common power from solar cells [1]. The reason is that crystalline silicon solar cell manufacturingFRONTIERS ARTICLE Efficiency enhancement of copper contaminated radial p璶 junction solar cells

  4. EE580 Solar Cell Basics for Teachers Dr. Todd J. Kaiser

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    1 EE580 Solar Cell Basics for Teachers Dr. Todd J. Kaiser Cobleigh 531 994-7276 tjkaiser and Protocol 1Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 1: Introduction Course Objectives 路 Train Teachers in the Science behind Solar Cells 路 Introduce the student to the techniques and equipment used

  5. Dual gratings for enhanced light trapping in thin-film solar cells

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    , Ireland * christian.schuster@york.ac.uk Abstract: Thin film solar cells benefit significantly from; (350.6050) Solar energy. References and links 1. M. A. Green, J. Zhao, A. Wang, and S. R. Wenham, "Progress and outlook for high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells," Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 65

  6. Solar Cells from Earth-Abundant Semiconductors with Plasmon-Enhanced Light Absorption

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    Atwater, Harry

    2012-04-30T23:59:59.000Z

    Progress is reported in these areas: Plasmonic Light Trapping in Thin Film a-Si Solar Cells; Plasmonic Light Trapping in Thin InGaN Quantum Well Solar Cells; and Earth Abundant Cu{sub 2}O and Zn{sub 3}P{sub 2} Solar Cells.

  7. Assembly and characterization of colloid-based antireflective coatings on multicrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Velev, Orlin D.

    energy is being held back by the high prices of the photovoltaic panels. AR materials deposited by self solar cells Brian G. Prevo,{ Emily W. Hon and Orlin D. Velev* Received 4th September 2006, Accepted 10th solar cells. The nanocoatings reduced the reflectance of the solar cells by approximately 10% across

  8. Ambient-Processed Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells via Individual Pre-Encapsulation of Nanoparticles

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    Ambient-Processed Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells via Individual Pre-Encapsulation, 2010; E-mail: ted.sargent@utoronto.ca Solution-processed solar cells employing colloidal quantum dots-junction and tandem solar cells both rely on IR-band-gap semiconductors, there has been much recent emphasis

  9. Integration of High Efficiency Solar Cells on Carriers for Concentrating System Applications .

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    Chow, Simon Ka Ming

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??High efficiency multi-junction (MJ) solar cells were packaged onto receiver systems. The efficiency change of concentrator cells under continuous high intensity illumination was done. Also, (more)

  10. E-Print Network 3.0 - amorphous-silicon solar cells Sample Search...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    with silver nanoparticlessolar cells with silver nanoparticles C. Eminian, F... silicon solar cells to achieve light trapping. Nanoparticles have a size 200nm and are...

  11. E-Print Network 3.0 - amorphous solar cell Sample Search Results

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    with silver nanoparticlessolar cells with silver nanoparticles C. Eminian, F... silicon solar cells to achieve light trapping. Nanoparticles have a size 200nm and are...

  12. Photonic Design: From Fundamental Solar Cell Physics to Computational Inverse Design

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    Miller, Owen Dennis

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Niels Bohr The power output of a solar cell is given by itssolar cell is determined entirely by those two factors. However, the power output

  13. High efficiency silicon nanohole/organic heterojunction hybrid solar cell

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    Hong, Lei [Novitas, Nanoelectronics Centre of Excellence, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, A-STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075 (Singapore); Wang, Xincai; Zheng, Hongyu [Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, A-STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075 (Singapore); He, Lining; Wang, Hao; Rusli, E-mail: yu.hy@sustc.edu.cn, E-mail: erusli@ntu.edu.sg [Novitas, Nanoelectronics Centre of Excellence, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Yu, Hongyu, E-mail: yu.hy@sustc.edu.cn, E-mail: erusli@ntu.edu.sg [South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen (China)

    2014-02-03T23:59:59.000Z

    High efficiency hybrid solar cells are fabricated based on silicon with a nanohole (SiNH) structure and poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS). The SiNH structure is fabricated using electroless chemical etching with silver catalyst, and the heterojunction is formed by spin coating of PEDOT on the SiNH. The hybrid cells are optimized by varying the hole depth, and a maximum power conversion efficiency of 8.3% is achieved with a hole depth of 1??m. The SiNH hybrid solar cell exhibits a strong antireflection and light trapping property attributed to the sub-wavelength dimension of the SiNH structure.

  14. Organic Solar Cells with Graded Exciton-dissociation Interfaces.................................................................................................................EN.1 Luminescent Solar Concentrators for Energy-harvesting in Displays ........

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    Reif, Rafael

    Energy Organic Solar Cells with Graded Exciton-dissociation Interfaces.................................................................................................................EN.1 Luminescent Solar Concentrators for Energy-harvesting in Displays ...................................................................................EN.3 Nano-engineered Organic Solar-energy-harvesting System

  15. Amorphous silicon cell array powered solar tracking apparatus

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    Hanak, Joseph J. (Lawrenceville, NJ)

    1985-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An array of an even number of amorphous silicon solar cells are serially connected between first and second terminals of opposite polarity. The terminals are connected to one input terminal of a DC motor whose other input terminal is connected to the mid-cell of the serial array. Vane elements are adjacent the end cells to selectively shadow one or the other of the end cells when the array is oriented from a desired attitude relative to the sun. The shadowing of one cell of a group of cells on one side of the mid-cell reduces the power of that group substantially so that full power from the group of cells on the other side of the mid-cell drives the motor to reorient the array to the desired attitude. The cell groups each have a full power output at the power rating of the motor. When the array is at the desired attitude the power output of the two groups of cells balances due to their opposite polarity so that the motor remains unpowered.

  16. Towards understanding junction degradation in cadmium telluride solar cells

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    Nardone, Marco, E-mail: marcon@bgsu.edu [Department of Environment and Sustainability, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 (United States)

    2014-06-21T23:59:59.000Z

    A degradation mechanism in cadmium telluride (CdTe/CdS) solar cells is investigated using time-dependent numerical modeling to simulate various temperature, bias, and illumination stress conditions. The physical mechanism is based on defect generation rates that are proportional to nonequilibrium charge carrier concentrations. It is found that a commonly observed degradation mode for CdTe/CdS solar cells can be reproduced only if defects are allowed to form in a narrow region of the absorber layer close to the CdTe/CdS junction. A key aspect of this junction degradation is that both mid-gap donor and shallow acceptor-type defects must be generated simultaneously in response to photo-excitation or applied bias. The numerical approach employed here can be extended to study other mechanisms for any photovoltaic technology.

  17. Design for the fabrication of high efficiency solar cells

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    Simmons, Joseph H. (Gainesville, FL)

    1998-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A method and apparatus for a photo-active region for generation of free carriers when a first surface is exposed to optical radiation. The photo-active region includes a conducting transparent matrix and clusters of semiconductor materials embedded within the conducting transparent matrix. The clusters are arranged in the matrix material so as to define at least a first distribution of cluster sizes ranging from those with the highest bandgap energy near a light incident surface of the photo-active region to those with the smallest bandgap energy near an opposite second surface of the photo-active region. Also disclosed is a method and apparatus for a solar cell. The solar cell includes a photo-active region containing a plurality of semiconductor clusters of varying sizes as described.

  18. Solar cell comprising a plasmonic back reflector and method therefor

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    Ding, I-Kang; Zhu, Jia; Cui, Yi; McGehee, Michael David

    2014-11-25T23:59:59.000Z

    A method for forming a solar cell having a plasmonic back reflector is disclosed. The method includes the formation of a nanoimprinted surface on which a metal electrode is conformally disposed. The surface structure of the nanoimprinted surface gives rise to a two-dimensional pattern of nanometer-scale features in the metal electrode enabling these features to collectively form the plasmonic back reflector.

  19. Lithographic antennas for enhancement of solar cell efficiency

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    Kotter, D.K. [Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Co., Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Boreman, G. [Univ. of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (United States). Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers

    1998-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This report documents proof-of-concept demonstration of the use of lithographic antennas for enhancement of solar-cell efficiency. A micro-sized lithographic antenna array was theoretically modeled, designed and fabricated. Experimental research was performed to validate the ability of the antenna array to concentrate infrared and visible energy onto photovoltaic (PV) materials. The research will serve as the basis for the design of a miniature power source for remote sensors.

  20. Junction Transport in Epitaxial Film Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Young, D. L.; Li, J. V.; Teplin, C. W.; Stradins, P.; Branz, H. M.

    2011-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

    We report our progress toward low-temperature HWCVD epitaxial film silicon solar cells on inexpensive seed layers, with a focus on the junction transport physics exhibited by our devices. Heterojunctions of i/p hydrogenated amorphous Si (a-Si) on our n-type epitaxial crystal Si on n++ Si wafers show space-charge-region recombination, tunneling or diffusive transport depending on both epitaxial Si quality and the applied forward voltage.

  1. Encapsulant Material For Solar Cell Module And Laminated Glass Applications

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    Hanoka, Jack I. (Brookline, MA); Klemchuk, Peter P. (Watertown, CT)

    2001-02-13T23:59:59.000Z

    An encapsulant material includes a layer of metallocene polyethylene disposed between two layers of an acid copolymer of polyethylene. More specifically, the layer of metallocene polyethylene is disposed adjacent a rear surface of the first layer of the acid copolymer of polyethylene, and a second layer of the acid copolymer of polyethlene is disposed adjacent a rear surface of the layer of metallocene polyethylene. The encapsulant material can be used in solar cell module and laminated glass applications.

  2. Encapsulant Material For Solar Cell Module And Laminated Glass Applications

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    Hanoka, Jack I. (Brookline, MA)

    2000-09-05T23:59:59.000Z

    An encapsulant material includes a layer of metallocene polyethylene disposed between two layers of ionomer. More specifically, the layer of metallocene polyethylene is disposed adjacent a rear surface of the first ionomer layer, and a second layer of ionomer is disposed adjacent a rear surface of the layer of metallocene polyethylene. The encapsulant material can be used in solar cell module and laminated glass applications.

  3. On Quantum Coherence Effects in Photo and Solar Cells

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    Kimberly Chapin; Konstantin Dorfman; Anatoly Svidzinsky; Marlan Scully

    2011-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    We show that quantum coherence can increase the quantum efficiency of various thermodynamic systems. For example, we can enhance the quantum efficiency for a quantum dot photocell, a laser based solar cell and the photo-Carnot quantum heat engine. Our results are fully consistent with the laws of thermodynamics contrary to comments found in the paper of A.P. Kirk, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 048703 (2011).

  4. Novel buried contact technology for advanced silicon solar cells

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    Ni Dheasuna, C.; Mathewson, A.; Hecking, L.; Wrixon, G.T. [National Microelectronics Research Centre, Cork (Ireland)

    1994-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

    Increased efficiency of silicon solar cells has resulted in the increased complexity and cost of manufacture. Optical properties can be enhanced by increasing the optical path length, while minimizing both bulk and surface recombination. Conventional silicon based solar cells are fabricated by a series of physical or chemical vapor deposition processes followed by photolithography and etching processes for each layer. These repeated deposition and etching cycles are not only difficult to perform but they also generate severe surface topography. This topography is a major cause of yield loss and reliability problems for advanced solar cells. These problems are especially severe for high aspect ratio contact holes. An alternative method of performing this metallization inexpensively and reliably is by the use of electroless plating. As the plating process occurs selectively on Si and not on the surface passivation layer, thick metal films (Ni and Cu) can be deposited which depend entirely upon the depth of the trench used. The advantages of electroless plating as an alternative to standard metallization will be presented.

  5. RECOVERY ACT: MULTIMODAL IMAGING FOR SOLAR CELL MICROCRACK DETECTION

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    Janice Hudgings; Lawrence Domash

    2012-02-08T23:59:59.000Z

    Undetected microcracks in solar cells are a principal cause of failure in service due to subsequent weather exposure, mechanical flexing or diurnal temperature cycles. Existing methods have not been able to detect cracks early enough in the production cycle to prevent inadvertent shipment to customers. This program, sponsored under the DOE Photovoltaic Supply Chain and Cross-Cutting Technologies program, studied the feasibility of quantifying surface micro-discontinuities by use of a novel technique, thermoreflectance imaging, to detect surface temperature gradients with very high spatial resolution, in combination with a suite of conventional imaging methods such as electroluminescence. The project carried out laboratory tests together with computational image analyses using sample solar cells with known defects supplied by industry sources or DOE National Labs. Quantitative comparisons between the effectiveness of the new technique and conventional methods were determined in terms of the smallest detectable crack. Also the robustness of the new technique for reliable microcrack detection was determined at various stages of processing such as before and after antireflectance treatments. An overall assessment is that the new technique compares favorably with existing methods such as lock-in thermography or ultrasonics. The project was 100% completed in Sept, 2010. A detailed report of key findings from this program was published as: Q.Zhou, X.Hu, K.Al-Hemyari, K.McCarthy, L.Domash and J.Hudgings, High spatial resolution characterization of silicon solar cells using thermoreflectance imaging, J. Appl. Phys, 110, 053108 (2011).

  6. Synthetic fabrication strategy optimizes the illumination geometry and transport properties of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    solar cells. Using oriented titanium oxide (TiO2 ) nanotube (NT) arrays has shown promise for dye- sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). High solar conversion efficiency requires that the incident light entersSynthetic fabrication strategy optimizes the illumination geometry and transport properties of dye-sensitized

  7. Hybrid Carbon Nanotubes-TiO2 Photoanodes for High Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Hybrid Carbon Nanotubes-TiO2 Photoanodes for High Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Kadiatou photoanodes for dye- sensitized solar cells (DSCs), based on nanocrystalline TiO2 with limited addition applied (i.e., soaking in TiCl4 to boost open circuit photovoltage). INTRODUCTION Dye-sensitized solar

  8. Sonochemically grown ZnO nanowalls on Graphene layers as Photoanode in Dye sensitized Solar cells.

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    Pala, Nezih

    Sonochemically grown ZnO nanowalls on Graphene layers as Photoanode in Dye sensitized Solar cells whole solar spectrum Graphene can be a very promising material in Dye Sensitized Solar cells (DSSC as photoanode is presented. The effect of Graphene on dye loading and on efficiency of DSSC is quantitatively

  9. Reproduced with pennission from Elsevier Solar CelLS',30 (1991) 515-523 515'f'

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    emerged since the early 1980s. In particular, thin film solar cell technologies such as amorphous silicon To investigate the implications of projected advances in thin film solar cells for PV hydrogen production, we set). A large (> 10 MW) tilted, fixed, flat plate PV array using thin film solar modules is coupled directly

  10. Resonant cavity enhanced light harvesting in flexible thin-film organic solar cells

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    Fan, Shanhui

    Resonant cavity enhanced light harvesting in flexible thin-film organic solar cells Nicholas P of solar energy conversion be- cause they use thin films of photoactive material and can be manufactured and photocurrent in flexible organic solar cells. We demonstrate that this enhancement is attributed to a broadband

  11. Demo: Organic Solar Cell-equipped Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tag (EnHANT) Prototypes

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    Carloni, Luca

    Demo: Organic Solar Cell-equipped Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tag (EnHANT) Prototypes Gerald harvesting and communications hardware, namely organic solar cells and ultra-wide-band impulse radio (UWB their communications and networking parameters to the available environmental energy harvested by the organic solar

  12. Imprinted large-scale high density polymer nanopillars for organic solar cells

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    Gao, Jinming

    Imprinted large-scale high density polymer nanopillars for organic solar cells Mukti Aryal used to make bulk heterojunction solar cells by depositing PCBM on top of the pillars. Imprinting provides a way to precisely control the interdigitized heterojunction morphology, leading to improved solar

  13. EEC 289-L Photovoltaics and Solar Cells 3 Units Winter Quarter (Alternate Years)

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    EEC 289-L Photovoltaics and Solar Cells 3 Units Winter Quarter (Alternate Years) Prerequisite, and third-generation photovoltaics and solar cells, including design, fabrication technology, and grid physics of photovoltaics a. Device operation and performance metrics b. Properties of solar radiation c

  14. Evaluation of Circular-Shaped Features on the Surface of Solar Cells from the

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    to earth, while the other one was jettisoned. Two solar panel assemblies of the retrieved wing wereEvaluation of Circular-Shaped Features on the Surface of Solar Cells from the Hubble Space by the manufacturer of the CMX coverglass of the HST solar cells, circular shaped features of unknown origin were

  15. Electroabsorption measurements and built-in potentials in amorphous silicongermanium solar cells

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    Schiff, Eric A.

    -1130 S. Guha and J. Yang United Solar Systems Corporation, 1100 West Maple Road, Troy, Michigan 48084Electroabsorption measurements and built-in potentials in amorphous silicon颅germanium solar cells J spectra in n-i-p solar cells with hydrogenated amorphous silicon颅germanium alloy absorber layers. At lower

  16. Back contacted and small form factor GAAS solar cell.

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    Clews, Peggy Jane; Wanlass, Mark W. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory); Sanchez, Carlos A.; Pluym, Tammy; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis; Okandan, Murat; Gupta, Vipin P.; Nielson, Gregory N.; Resnick, Paul James

    2010-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    We present a newly developed microsystem enabled, back-contacted, shade-free GaAs solar cell. Using microsystem tools, we created sturdy 3 {micro}m thick devices with lateral dimensions of 250 {micro}m, 500 {micro}m, 1 mm, and 2 mm. The fabrication procedure and the results of characterization tests are discussed. The highest efficiency cell had a lateral size of 500 {micro}m and a conversion efficiency of 10%, open circuit voltage of 0.9 V and a current density of 14.9 mA/cm{sup 2} under one-sun illumination.

  17. Solar Cell/Module Degradation and Failure Diagnostics

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    McMahon, T.J.

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Solar cell/module degradation and failure diagnostics are reviewed. Cell and packaging failure are distinguished. Failure relevant to photovoltaics(PV) is caused by and can be accelerated with each or combination of each of the following stresses: temperature, voltage, moisture, current, and thermal cycling. Failure mechanisms for the different module technologies are summarized. Diagnostic tools for locating the affected area within a large-area module are pointed out along with the importance of interpretation of the visual appearance of the different damage mechanisms.

  18. Oxide nanowires for solar cell applications Qifeng Zhang, Supan Yodyingyong, Junting Xi, Daniel Myers and Guozhong Cao*

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    Cao, Guozhong

    conversion and storage including solar cells, lithium-ion batteries, super- capacitors, and hydrogen storage

  19. Toward microscale Cu,,In,Ga...Se2 solar cells for efficient conversion and optimized material usage: Theoretical evaluation

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    Boyer, Edmond

    solar cells are gaining a growing market share in the photovoltaic field. CIGS thin film solar cells. In this paper, the behavior of microscale thin film solar cells under concen- tration will be studied. We focusToward microscale Cu,,In,Ga...Se2 solar cells for efficient conversion and optimized material usage

  20. Simulation of Polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells in Two Dimensions Markus Gloeckler, Wyatt K. Metzger1

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    Sites, James R.

    that a plausible reason behind highly efficient thin-film CIGS solar cells ( > 17%) is an inherent valenceSimulation of Polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells in Two Dimensions Markus Gloeckler, Wyatt K) solar cells and its effects on solar-cell performance. The simulations predict that (1) for device

  1. Semiconductor Quantum Dots and Quantum Dot Arrays and Applications of Multiple Exciton Generation to Third-Generation Photovoltaic Solar Cells

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    George, Steven C.

    to Third-Generation Photovoltaic Solar Cells A. J. Nozik,*,, M. C. Beard, J. M. Luther, M. Law, R. J. Applications: Quantum Dot Solar Cells 6884 6.1. Quantum Dot Solar Cell Configurations 6885 6.1.1. Photoelectrodes Composed of Quantum Dot Arrays 6885 6.1.2. Quantum Dot-Sensitized Nanocrystalline TiO2 Solar Cells

  2. innovati nNREL Produces Highly Efficient, Wide-Bandgap, Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    . Low-bandgap cells can lose 25% of their power output and efficiency ratings as solar cell operating energy output than a low-bandgap cell with the same wattage or power rating. NREL is a nationalinnovati nNREL Produces Highly Efficient, Wide-Bandgap, Thin-Film Solar Cells Researchers

  3. NREL Produces Highly Efficient, Wide-Bandgap, Thin-Film Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2012-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are finding new ways to manufacture thin-film solar cells made from copper, indium, gallium, and selenium - called CIGS cells - that are different than conventional CIGS solar cells. Their use of high-temperature glass, designed by SCHOTT AG, allows higher fabrication temperatures, opening the door to new CIGS solar cells employing light-absorbing materials with wide 'bandgaps.'

  4. High Rate Laser Pitting Technique for Solar Cell Texturing

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    Hans J. Herfurth; Henrikki Pantsar

    2013-01-10T23:59:59.000Z

    High rate laser pitting technique for solar cell texturing Efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells can be improved by creating a texture on the surface to increase optical absorption. Different techniques have been developed for texturing, with the current state-of-the-art (SOA) being wet chemical etching. The process has poor optical performance, produces surfaces that are difficult to passivate or contact and is relatively expensive due to the use of hazardous chemicals. This project shall develop an alternative process for texturing mc-Si using laser micromachining. It will have the following features compared to the current SOA texturing process: -Superior optical surfaces for reduced front-surface reflection and enhanced optical absorption in thin mc-Si substrates -Improved surface passivation -More easily integrated into advanced back-contact cell concepts -Reduced use of hazardous chemicals and waste treatment -Similar or lower cost The process is based on laser pitting. The objective is to develop and demonstrate a high rate laser pitting process which will exceed the rate of former laser texturing processes by a factor of ten. The laser and scanning technologies will be demonstrated on a laboratory scale, but will use inherently technologies that can easily be scaled to production rates. The drastic increase in process velocity is required for the process to be implemented as an in-line process in PV manufacturing. The project includes laser process development, development of advanced optical systems for beam manipulation and cell reflectivity and efficiency testing. An improvement of over 0.5% absolute in efficiency is anticipated after laser-based texturing. The surface textures will be characterized optically, and solar cells will be fabricated with the new laser texturing to ensure that the new process is compatible with high-efficiency cell processing. The result will be demonstration of a prototype process that is suitable for scale-up to a production tool and process. The developed technique will have an reducing impact on product pricing. As efficiency has a substantial impact on the economics of solar cell production due to the high material cost content; in essence, improved efficiency through cost-effective texturing reduces the material cost component since the product is priced in terms of $/W. The project is a collaboration between Fraunhofer USA, Inc. and a c-Si PV manufacturer.

  5. Low-Cost Photovoltaics: Luminescent Solar Concentrators And Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Leow, Shin Woei

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain,Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Valencia, Spain,

  6. Anti-reflection zinc oxide nanocones for higher efficiency thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Mailoa, Jonathan P

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Thin film silicon solar cells, which are commonly made from microcrystalline silicon ([mu]c-Si) or amorphous silicon (a-Si), have been considered inexpensive alternatives to thick polycrystalline silicon (polysilicon) solar ...

  7. Geometric modeling and optimization in 3D solar cells : implementation and algorithms

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    Wan, Jin Hao, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Conversion of solar energy in three-dimensional (3D) devices has been essentially untapped. In this thesis, I design and implement a C++ program that models and optimizes a 3D solar cell ensemble embedded in a given ...

  8. Low-cost selective deposition of wax onto textured solar cells

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    P醗z, Da齛n

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The active regions of a solar cell must be inoculated with wax, while leaving the metal fingers and bus bars bare, in preparation for the electroplating step of a new solar panel manufacturing process. Different methods ...

  9. Device physics and characterization of silicon point-contact solar cells

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    Sinton, R.A.

    1987-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The silicon point-contact solar cell is a candidate solar cell for use in highly concentrated sunlight. Recent progress is described for a point-contact solar cell optimized for incident power densities of 36 Watts/cm/sup 2/. The design and fabrication for several device runs is discussed in detail. Extensive data from these solar cells is presented in order to display the major trends in device design and performance. The data culminate in a solar cell that is 28% efficient for incident power densities between 4 and 15 watts/cm/sup 2/ at 25/sup 0/C. Utilizing measurements from several runs of solar cells, a three-dimensional model is compared to the data in order to establish a strong baseline case from which future design enhancements can be evaluated. A modeling study of the optimum geometries for point-contact solar cells provides the context for a discussion of the device physics of the solar-cell operation. These studies indicate that efficiencies exceeding 30% may soon be attained. The ultimate efficiency of silicon solar cells will be limited parasitic Auger recombination. With the model, a device is optimized to measure the carrier lifetimes in highly-injected silicon in the carrier density range of interest for solar cell operation, 1 X 10/sup 15/ to 2 x 10/sup 17/ carriers/cm/sup 2/.

  10. 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Valencia, Spain, 6-10 September 2010, 2CO.4.3 IMPACT OF LATERAL VARIATIONS ON THE SOLAR CELL EFFICIENCY

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    analyze various monocrystalline silicon solar cells. The light-IV curves around the maximum power point.3 IMPACT OF LATERAL VARIATIONS ON THE SOLAR CELL EFFICIENCY David Hinken, Karsten Bothe and Rolf Brendel-dimensional approach to calculate the impact of local parameters on the global solar cell efficiency. The presented

  11. Front contact solar cell with formed electrically conducting layers on the front side and backside

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    Cousins, Peter John

    2012-06-26T23:59:59.000Z

    A bipolar solar cell includes a backside junction formed by a silicon substrate and a first doped layer of a first dopant type on the backside of the solar cell. A second doped layer of a second dopant type makes an electrical connection to the substrate from the front side of the solar cell. A first metal contact of a first electrical polarity electrically connects to the first doped layer on the backside of the solar cell, and a second metal contact of a second electrical polarity electrically connects to the second doped layer on the front side of the solar cell. An external electrical circuit may be electrically connected to the first and second metal contacts to be powered by the solar cell.

  12. Methods for fabricating thin film III-V compound solar cell

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    Pan, Noren; Hillier, Glen; Vu, Duy Phach; Tatavarti, Rao; Youtsey, Christopher; McCallum, David; Martin, Genevieve

    2011-08-09T23:59:59.000Z

    The present invention utilizes epitaxial lift-off in which a sacrificial layer is included in the epitaxial growth between the substrate and a thin film III-V compound solar cell. To provide support for the thin film III-V compound solar cell in absence of the substrate, a backing layer is applied to a surface of the thin film III-V compound solar cell before it is separated from the substrate. To separate the thin film III-V compound solar cell from the substrate, the sacrificial layer is removed as part of the epitaxial lift-off. Once the substrate is separated from the thin film III-V compound solar cell, the substrate may then be reused in the formation of another thin film III-V compound solar cell.

  13. Influence of Different Iodide Salts on the Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Containing Phosphazene-Based Nonvolatile Electrolytes

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    Influence of Different Iodide Salts on the Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Containing studied as components of dye- sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Electrolytes based on hexa. Introduction Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are promising solar conversion devices that can achieve >10

  14. Toward High-Performance Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Solar Cells: Bringing Conjugated Polymers and Inorganic Nanocrystals in Close

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    Lin, Zhiqun

    to traditional silicon solar cells due to the capacity of producing high- efficiency solar energy in a cost these advantages and progress, organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells still exhibit much lower PCEs (iToward High-Performance Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Solar Cells: Bringing Conjugated Polymers

  15. Materials Science and Engineering B 134 (2006) 282286 Control of metal impurities in "dirty" multicrystalline silicon for solar cells

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    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    " multicrystalline silicon for solar cells A.A. Istratova,b,, T. Buonassisia,b,1, M.D. Picketta,b, M. Heuera,b, E processing of solar cells with satisfactory energy conversion efficiency based on inexpensive feedstock.V. All rights reserved. Keywords: Photovoltaics; Solar cells; Solar-grade silicon; Defect engineering

  16. EEE 565 Solar Cells Course Objective: To introduce the basic concepts of the operation of photovoltaic devices, the

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    Zhang, Junshan

    Energy Conversion, Solar Spectrum, Light Absorption (1 week) 2) Background on Semiconductor Material) Heterojunction Solar Cells (1 week) 6) Multi-junction Solar Cells (1 week) 7) Light Management (1 week) 8EEE 565 Solar Cells Fall 2012 Course Objective: To introduce the basic concepts of the operation

  17. Non-adiabatic molecular dynamics simulation of ultrafast solar cell electron transfer

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    confinement devices [1颅5]. Solar cells of the Graetzel type [6,7] are based on dye sensitized nanocrystalline in solar cells, photocatalysis and photoelectrolysis. The electronic structure of the dye cell; Ultrafast electron transfer; Non-adiabatic molecular dynamics simulation; Dye sensitized titanium

  18. High-Efficiency Solar Cells for Large-Scale Electricity Generation

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    Kurtz, S.; Olson, J.; Geisz, J.; Friedman, D.; McMahon, W.; Ptak, A.; Wanlass, M.; Kibbler, A.; Kramer, C.; Bertness, K.; Ward, S.; Duda, A.; Young, M.; Carapella, J.; Steiner, M.

    2008-09-26T23:59:59.000Z

    One strategy for helping the solar industry to grow faster is to use very high efficiency cells under concentrating optics. By using lenses or mirrors to concentrate the light, very small solar cells can be used, reducing the amount of semiconductor material and allowing use of higher efficiency cells, which are now >40% efficient.

  19. High Efficiency and High Rate Deposited Amorphous Silicon-Based Solar Cells

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    Deng, Xunming

    . Figure 3-1 IV curve of a UT fabricated triple cell, showing 12.7% initial, active-area efficiency. Figure1 High Efficiency and High Rate Deposited Amorphous Silicon-Based Solar Cells PHASE I Annual-junction a-Si Solar Cells with Heavily Doped Thin Interface Layers at the Tunnel Junctions Section 4 High

  20. DISSERTATION Role of the Cu-O Defect in CdTe Solar Cells

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    Sites, James R.

    OF THE CU-O DEFECT COMPLEX IN CDTE SOLAR CELLS Thin-film CdTe is one of the leading materials used the defects present in thin-film CdTe deposited for solar cells. One key defect seen in the thin-film CdDISSERTATION Role of the Cu-O Defect in CdTe Solar Cells Submitted by Caroline R. Corwine

  1. Dangling Bond Defects: The Critical Roadblock to Efficient Photoconversion in Hybrid Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Wu, Zhigang

    Solar Cells Huashan Li,* Zhigang Wu,* and Mark T. Lusk* Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines by dangling bonds. INTRODUCTION SiQD-based inorganic-organic hybrid solar cells are an attractive candidate-6 10-5 cm2 V-1 s-1 )7 causes the poor performance of the SiQD/P3HT solar cells.6 It is widely believed

  2. Study of the recombination on silicon micropillar solar cells by impedance spectroscopy

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    Candea, George

    Study of the recombination on silicon micropillar solar cells by impedance spectroscopy Armand Equivalent circuit of a solar cell in AC mode In alternative current, a solar cell can be modelled as: 路 RP IV curve For small amplitude sine waves: I = dI dE E0,I0 ? E + 1 2 d2I dE2 E0,I0 ? E2 + ... dI dE E0

  3. Ablation of film stacks in solar cell fabrication processes

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    Harley, Gabriel; Kim, Taeseok; Cousins, Peter John

    2013-04-02T23:59:59.000Z

    A dielectric film stack of a solar cell is ablated using a laser. The dielectric film stack includes a layer that is absorptive in a wavelength of operation of the laser source. The laser source, which fires laser pulses at a pulse repetition rate, is configured to ablate the film stack to expose an underlying layer of material. The laser source may be configured to fire a burst of two laser pulses or a single temporally asymmetric laser pulse within a single pulse repetition to achieve complete ablation in a single step.

  4. Solar cell as self-oscillating heat engine

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    Robert Alicki; David Gelbwaser-Klimovsky; Krzysztof Szczygielski

    2015-01-04T23:59:59.000Z

    Solar cells are engines converting energy supplied by the photon flux into work. Any type of engine is also a self-oscillating system which yields a periodic motion at the expense of a usually non-periodic source of energy. This aspect is absent in the existing descriptions and the main goal of this paper is to show that plasma oscillations provide this necessary ingredient of work extraction process. Our approach is based on Markovian master equations which can be derived in a rigorous way from the underlying Hamiltonian models and are consistent with the laws of thermodynamics.

  5. Singlet fission efficiency in tetracene-based organic solar cells

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    Wu, Tony C., E-mail: tonyw@mit.edu; Thompson, Nicholas J.; Congreve, Daniel N.; Hontz, Eric; Yost, Shane R.; Van Voorhis, Troy; Baldo, Marc A., E-mail: baldo@mit.edu [Energy Frontier Research Center for Excitonics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States)

    2014-05-12T23:59:59.000Z

    Singlet exciton fission splits one singlet exciton into two triplet excitons. Using a joint analysis of photocurrent and fluorescence modulation under a magnetic field, we determine that the triplet yield within optimized tetracene organic photovoltaic devices is 153%??5% for a tetracene film thickness of 20?nm. The corresponding internal quantum efficiency is 127%??18%. These results are used to prove the effectiveness of a simplified triplet yield measurement that relies only on the magnetic field modulation of fluorescence. Despite its relatively slow rate of singlet fission, the measured triplet yields confirm that tetracene is presently the best candidate for use with silicon solar cells.

  6. Light trapping in solar cells at the extreme coupling limit

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    Naqavi, Ali; Battaglia, Corsin; Herzig, Hans Peter; Ballif, Christophe

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    We calculate the maximal absorption enhancement obtainable by guided mode excitation in a weakly absorbing dielectric slab over wide wavelength ranges. The slab mimics thin film silicon solar cells in the low absorption regime. We consider simultaneously wavelength-scale periodicity of the texture, small thickness of the film, modal properties of the guided waves and their confinement to the film. Also we investigate the effect of the incident angle on the absorption enhancement. Our calculations provide tighter bounds for the absorption enhancement but still significant improvement is possible. Our explanation of the absorption enhancement can help better exploitation of the guided modes in thin film devices.

  7. Solar cell structure incorporating a novel single crystal silicon material

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    Pankove, Jacques I. (Princeton, NJ); Wu, Chung P. (Trenton, NJ)

    1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A novel hydrogen rich single crystal silicon material having a band gap energy greater than 1.1 eV can be fabricated by forming an amorphous region of graded crystallinity in a body of single crystalline silicon and thereafter contacting the region with atomic hydrogen followed by pulsed laser annealing at a sufficient power and for a sufficient duration to recrystallize the region into single crystal silicon without out-gassing the hydrogen. The new material can be used to fabricate semiconductor devices such as single crystal silicon solar cells with surface window regions having a greater band gap energy than that of single crystal silicon without hydrogen.

  8. Solland Solar Cells BV Shanghai | Open Energy Information

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data CenterFranconia, Virginia:FAQ < RAPID Jump to:Seadov Pty Ltd Jump to:InformationSolergy Power Jump to:SolidMarksSolland Solar Cells

  9. Hybrid Solar Cells with Prescribed Nanoscale Morphologies Based on Hyperbranched Semiconductor Nanocrystals

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    Gur, Ilan; Fromer, Neil A.; Chen, Chih-Ping; Kanaras, Antonios G.; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of interpenetrating networks of conjugated polymer and TiO2Photodiodes from Interpenetrating Polymer Networks. Naturepolymer solar cells with nanoscale control of the interpenetrating network

  10. Evaluation of Four Imaging Techniques for the Electrical Characterization of Solar Cells (Presentation)

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    Johnston. S.; Berman, G.; Call, N.; Ahrenkiel, R.

    2008-12-03T23:59:59.000Z

    The imaging techniques enable the possibility of higher-level quality control and defect analysis of solar cell materials in in-line production processes.

  11. Manipulating Light to Understand and Improve Solar Cells (494th Brookhaven Lecture)

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    Eisaman, Matthew [BNL, Sustainable Energy Technologies Department

    2014-04-16T23:59:59.000Z

    Energy consumption around the world is projected to approximately triple by the end of the century, according to the 2005 Report from the U.S. Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences Workshop on Solar Energy Utilization. Much will change in those next 86 years, but for all the power the world needs梖or everything from manufacturing and transportation to air conditioning and charging cell phone batteries梚mproved solar cells will be crucial to meet this future energy demand with renewable energy sources. At Brookhaven Lab, scientists are probing solar cells and exploring variations within the cells梫ariations that are so small they are measured in billionths of a meter梚n order to make increasingly efficient solar cells and ultimately help reduce the overall costs of deploying solar power plants. Dr. Eisaman will discuss DOE's Sunshot Initiative, which aims to reduce the cost of solar cell-generated electricity by 2020. He will also discuss how he and collaborators at Brookhaven Lab are probing different material compositions within solar cells, measuring how efficiently they collect electrical charge, helping to develop a new class of solar cells, and improving solar-cell manufacturing processes.

  12. Evaluating thermal imaging for identification and characterization of solar cell defects.

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    Chen, Jiahao

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??Solar cells have become a primary technology in today's world for harvesting clean and renewable energy. Progress has been made towards improving the performance and (more)

  13. Methods For Improving Polymeric Materials For Use In Solar Cell Applications

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    Hanoka, Jack I. (Brookline, MA)

    2001-11-20T23:59:59.000Z

    A method of manufacturing a solar cell module includes the use of low cost polymeric materials with improved mechanical properties. A transparent encapsulant layer is placed adjacent a rear surface of a front support layer. Interconnected solar cells are positioned adjacent a rear surface of the transparent encapsulant layer to form a solar cell assembly. A backskin layer is placed adjacent a rear surface of the solar cell assembly. At least one of the transparent encapsulant layer and the backskin layer are predisposed to electron beam radiation.

  14. Methods For Improving Polymeric Materials For Use In Solar Cell Applications

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    Hanoka, Jack I. (Brookline, MA)

    2003-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A method of manufacturing a solar cell module includes the use of low cost polymeric materials with improved mechanical properties. A transparent encapsulant layer is placed adjacent a rear surface of a front support layer. Interconnected solar cells are positioned adjacent a rear surface of the transparent encapsulant layer to form a solar cell assembly. A backskin layer is placed adjacent a rear surface of the solar cell assembly. At least one of the transparent encapsulant layer and the backskin layer are predisposed to electron beam radiation.

  15. E-Print Network 3.0 - amorphous-silicon-based solar cell Sample...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Vol. 609 2000 Materials Research Society Preparation of Microcrystalline Silicon Based Solar Cells at High i-layer Summary: light exposure as do the amorphous silicon-based...

  16. Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells | U.S. DOE Office...

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    Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) EFRCs Home Centers Research Science Highlights News & Events EFRC News Stories of Discovery &...

  17. Scientists Confirm Robustness of Key Component in Ultra-High-Efficiency Solar Cell (Fact Sheet)

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    2011-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Scientists developed and tested a new, stable 1-eV metamorphic junction for a high efficiency multijunction III-V solar cell for CPV application.

  18. Technique Reveals Critical Physics in Deep Regions of Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    NREL's improved time-resolved photoluminescence method measures minority-carrier lifetime deep within photovoltaic samples to help develop more efficient solar cells.

  19. NREL Develops ZnSiP2 for Silicon-Based Tandem Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    2014-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Combining an Earth-abundant chalcopyrite with a silicon layer could significantly boost conversion efficiency above that of single-junction silicon solar cells.

  20. Solar Cells Beyond Silicon Keld West, The Danish Polymer Centre, Ris National Laboratory, DK-4000

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    1 Solar Cells Beyond Silicon Keld West, The Danish Polymer Centre, Ris酶 National Laboratory, DK of utilising solar energy, but this direct energy transfer does not involve the elements of focusing solar energy in a way that is economically competitive, also in regions where other energy sources

  1. Prospective Article Materials processing strategies for colloidal quantum dot solar cells

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    energy sources, particularly with cheap and plentiful natural gas, solar photovoltaic systems must cost of the solar panels themselves. Third-generation photovoltaic systems, including organic, dye-sensitized, and colloidal quantum dot (CQD) solar cells, offer a path to low-weight, low-cost, and prospectively high

  2. EARTH ABUNDANT MATERIALS FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY HETEROJUNCTION THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS

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    Ceder, Gerbrand

    EARTH ABUNDANT MATERIALS FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY HETEROJUNCTION THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS Yun Seog Lee 1; * Corresponding author: buonassisi@mit.edu; ABSTRACT We investigate earth abundant materials for thin- film solar cuprous oxide (Cu2O) as a prototype candidate for investigation as an absorber layer in thin film solar

  3. ccsd00004270, Prototype scintillator cell for an In-based solar

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    indium-loaded scintillator of interest for real-time low energy solar neutrino spectroscopy. First, lightccsd颅00004270, version 1 颅 16 Feb 2005 Prototype scintillator cell for an In-based solar neutrino stable over a period of > 1 y. Key words: Solar neutrinos, Indium experiment, Indium loaded scintillator

  4. c e n t r e t Solar Cells Beyond Silicon

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    1 POLYMER c e n t r e t Solar Cells Beyond Silicon Keld West The Danish Polymer Centre Ris National Laboratory #12;Ris Int. Energy Conference, May 2003 2 POLYMER c e n t r e t Solar Energy Energy Int. Energy Conference, May 2003 3 POLYMER c e n t r e t Solar Energy, Perspective The earth

  5. Light Trapping Textures Designed by Electromagnetic Optimization for Sub-Wavelength Thick Solar Cells

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    California at Irvine, University of

    Light Trapping Textures Designed by Electromagnetic Optimization for Sub-Wavelength Thick Solar Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory July 23, 2013 Abstract Light trapping in solar the surface of the solar cell, where n is the material refractive index. This ray-optics absorption

  6. Core-Shell Nanopillar Array Solar Cells using Cadmium Sulfide Coating on Indium Phosphide Nanopillars

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    Tu, Bor-An Clayton

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    between the maximum output power of the solar cell and theSolar power systems are modular and are readily scalable and versatile. Depending on required output,output power is maximized. The red curve is the I-V of a solar

  7. Advanced Nanomaterials for High-Efficiency Solar Cells

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    Chen, Junhong [University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee] [University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    2013-11-29T23:59:59.000Z

    Energy supply has arguably become one of the most important problems facing humankind. The exponential demand for energy is evidenced by dwindling fossil fuel supplies and record-high oil and gas prices due to global population growth and economic development. This energy shortage has significant implications to the future of our society, in addition to the greenhouse gas emission burden due to consumption of fossil fuels. Solar energy seems to be the most viable choice to meet our clean energy demand given its large scale and clean/renewable nature. However, existing methods to convert sun light into electricity are not efficient enough to become a practical alternative to fossil fuels. This DOE project aims to develop advanced hybrid nanomaterials consisting of semiconductor nanoparticles (quantum dots or QDs) supported on graphene for cost-effective solar cells with improved conversion efficiency for harvesting abundant, renewable, clean solar energy to relieve our global energy challenge. Expected outcomes of the project include new methods for low-cost manufacturing of hybrid nanostructures, systematic understanding of their properties that can be tailored for desired applications, and novel photovoltaic cells. Through this project, we have successfully synthesized a number of novel nanomaterials, including vertically-oriented graphene (VG) sheets, three-dimensional (3D) carbon nanostructures comprising few-layer graphene (FLG) sheets inherently connected with CNTs through sp{sup 2} carbons, crumpled graphene (CG)-nanocrystal hybrids, CdSe nanoparticles (NPs), CdS NPs, nanohybrids of metal nitride decorated on nitrogen-doped graphene (NG), QD-carbon nanotube (CNT) and QD-VG-CNT structures, TiO{sub 2}-CdS NPs, and reduced graphene oxide (RGO)-SnO{sub 2} NPs. We further assembled CdSe NPs onto graphene sheets and investigated physical and electronic interactions between CdSe NPs and the graphene. Finally we have demonstrated various applications of these nanomaterials in solar cells (both as photoanodes and counter electrodes), gas sensors, and energy storage devices. This research is potentially transformative since the availability of affordable hybrid nanostructures and their fundamental properties will enable various innovative applications of the multifunctional hybrid nanostructures and thus will accelerate new discoveries and inventions in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

  8. Phototransistor Behavior Based on Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Wang, X Q; Wang, Y F; Zhou, W Q; Lu, Y M; Liu, Z Y

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    In the present work, a light-controlled device cell is established based on the dye-sensitized solar cell using nanocrystalline TiO2 films. Voltage-current curves are characterized by three types of transport behaviors: linear increase, saturated plateau and breakdown-like increase, which are actually of the typical performances for a photo-gated transistor. Moreover, an asymmetric behavior is observed in the voltage-current loops, which is believed to arise from the difference in the effective photo-conducting areas. The photovoltaic voltage between the shared counter electrode and drain (VCE-D) is investigated as well, clarifying that the predominant dark process in source and the predominant photovoltaic process in drain are series connected, modifying the electric potential levels and thus resulting in the characteristic phototransistor behaviors.

  9. Analysis of Solar Cell Quality Using Voltage Metrics: Preprint

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    Toberer, E. S.; Tamboli, A. C.; Steiner, M.; Kurtz, S.

    2012-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The highest efficiency solar cells provide both excellent voltage and current. Of these, the open-circuit voltage (Voc) is more frequently viewed as an indicator of the material quality. However, since the Voc also depends on the band gap of the material, the difference between the band gap and the Voc is a better metric for comparing material quality of unlike materials. To take this one step further, since Voc also depends on the shape of the absorption edge, we propose to use the ultimate metric: the difference between the measured Voc and the Voc calculated from the external quantum efficiency using a detailed balance approach. This metric is less sensitive to changes in cell design and definition of band gap. The paper defines how to implement this metric and demonstrates how it can be useful in tracking improvements in Voc, especially as Voc approaches its theoretical maximum.

  10. Processes for producing low cost, high efficiency silicon solar cells

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    Rohatgi, Ajeet (Marietta, GA); Chen, Zhizhang (Duluth, GA); Doshi, Parag (Atlanta, GA)

    1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Processes which utilize rapid thermal processing (RTP) are provided for inexpensively producing high efficiency silicon solar cells. The RTP processes preserve minority carrier bulk lifetime .tau. and permit selective adjustment of the depth of the diffused regions, including emitter and back surface field (bsf), within the silicon substrate. Silicon solar cell efficiencies of 16.9% have been achieved. In a first RTP process, an RTP step is utilized to simultaneously diffuse phosphorus and aluminum into the front and back surfaces, respectively, of a silicon substrate. Moreover, an in situ controlled cooling procedure preserves the carrier bulk lifetime .tau. and permits selective adjustment of the depth of the diffused regions. In a second RTP process, both simultaneous diffusion of the phosphorus and aluminum as well as annealing of the front and back contacts are accomplished during the RTP step. In a third RTP process, the RTP step accomplishes simultaneous diffusion of the phosphorus and aluminum, annealing of the contacts, and annealing of a double-layer antireflection/passivation coating SiN/SiO.sub.x.

  11. Recent progress in degradation and stabilization of organic solar cells

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    Cao, Huanqi; He, Weidong; Mao, Yiwu; Lin, Xiao; Ishikawa, Ken; Dickerson, James H.; Hess, Wayne P.

    2014-10-15T23:59:59.000Z

    Stability is of paramount importance in organic semiconductor devices, especially in organic solar cells (OSCs). Serious degradation in air limits wide applications of these flexible, light-weight and low-cost power-generation devices. Studying the stability of organic solar cells will help us understand degradation mechanisms and further improve the stability of these devices. There are many investigations into the efficiency and stability of OSCs. The efficiency and stability of devices even of the same photoactive materials are scattered in different papers. In particular, the extrinsic degradation that mainly occurs near the interface between the organic layer and the cathode is a major stability concern. In the past few years, researchers have developed many new cathodes and cathode buffer layers, some of which have astonishingly improved the stability of OSCs. In this review article, we discuss the recent developments of these materials and summarize recent progresses in the study of the degradation/stability of OSCs, with emphasis on the extrinsic degradation/stability that is related to the intrusion of oxygen and water. The review provides detailed insight into the current status of research on the stability of OSCs and seeks to facilitate the development of highly-efficient OSCs with enhanced stability.

  12. 19th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference Pre-Print 4AV.1.45 QUANTUM EFFICIENCY OF CdTe SOLAR CELLS IN FORWARD BIAS

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    Sites, James R.

    19th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference Pre-Print 4AV.1.45 QUANTUM EFFICIENCY OF CdTe SOLAR CELLS IN FORWARD BIAS M. Gloeckler and J. R. Sites Department of Physics, Colorado State@lamar.colostate.edu ABSTRACT: When the quantum efficiency of a CdS/CdTe solar cell is measured under forward voltage

  13. ZnO Nanostructures for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells By Qifeng Zhang,* Christopher S. Dandeneau, Xiaoyuan Zhou, and

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    Cao, Guozhong

    ZnO Nanostructures for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells By Qifeng Zhang,* Christopher S. Dandeneau-low cost (US$0.40 kWh?1 ).[1] To aim at further lowering the production costs, dye-sensitized solar cells, such as solar cells, fuel cells, and biofuels. However, although these alternative energy sources have been

  14. Universality of non-Ohmic shunt leakage in thin-film solar cells S. Dongaonkar,1,a

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    Alam, Muhammad A.

    Universality of non-Ohmic shunt leakage in thin-film solar cells S. Dongaonkar,1,a J. D. Servaites thin-film solar cell types: hydrogenated amorphous silicon a-Si:H p-i-n cells, organic bulk understanding of thin film solar cell device physics, including important module performance variability issues

  15. 19.4% -EFFICIENT LARGE AREA REAR-PASSIVATED SCREEN-PRINTED SILICON SOLAR CELLS T. Dullweber*1

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    be reduced by applying the PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) solar cell design [8]. The following19.4% -EFFICIENT LARGE AREA REAR-PASSIVATED SCREEN-PRINTED SILICON SOLAR CELLS T. Dullweber*1 , S% in the near future. Keywords: Silicon Solar Cell, Screen Printing, Rear Passivation 1 Introduction About 80

  16. A unified model for radiation-resistance of advanced space solar cells

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    Yamaguchi, Masafumi [Toyota Technical Inst., Nagoya (Japan); Katsumoto, Shingo [Univ. of Tokyo (Japan); Amano, Chikara [NTT Opto-Electrical Labs., Kanagawa (Japan)

    1994-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

    1-MeV electron irradiation effects on MBE-grown InGaAs and AlGaAs solar cells have been examined in comparison with previous results for radiation damage of InP and GaAs solar cells in order to clarify radiation-resistance of advanced space solar cells. Moreover, 1-MeV electron irradiation results of several space solar cells such as InP, InGaP, InGaAsP, GaAs, AlGaAs, InGaAs, Si, Ge, and CuInSe{sub 2} cells have also been analyzed by considering their damage constants, bandgap energies and optical absorption coefficients. The authors believe that this study will provide a unified model for radiation-resistance of advanced space solar cells.

  17. DISSERTATION IMPACT OF SECONDARY BARRIERS ON CuIn1-xGaxSe2 SOLAR-CELL

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    Sites, James R.

    Impact of Secondary Barriers on CuIn1-xGaxSe2 Solar-Cell Operation Thin-film solar cells based on CuInSe2 of thin-film solar-cell tandems. Since the bottom cells are exposed to practically only "red" photonsDISSERTATION IMPACT OF SECONDARY BARRIERS ON CuIn1-xGaxSe2 SOLAR-CELL OPERATION Submitted by Alexei

  18. Output-increasing, protective cover for a solar cell

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    Hammerbacher, Milfred D. (Dallas, TX)

    1995-11-21T23:59:59.000Z

    A flexible cover (14) for a flexible solar cell (12) protects the cell from the ambient and increases the cell's efficiency. The cell(12)includes silicon spheres (16) held in a flexible aluminum sheet matrix (20,22). The cover (14) is a flexible, protective layer (60) of light-transparent material having a relatively flat upper, free surface (64) and an irregular opposed surface (66). The irregular surface (66) includes first portions (68) which conform to the polar regions (31R) of the spheres (16) and second convex (72) or concave (90) portions (72 or 90) which define spaces (78) in conjunction with the reflective surface (20T) of one aluminum sheet (20). Without the cover (14) light (50) falling on the surface (20T) between the spheres (16) is wasted, that is, it does not fall on a sphere (16). The surfaces of the second portions are non-parallel to the direction of the otherwise wasted light (50), which fact, together with a selected relationship between the refractive indices of the cover and the spaces, result in sufficient diffraction of the otherwise wasted light (50) so that about 25% of it is reflected from the surface (20T) onto a sphere (16).

  19. Thin Film Solar Cells with Light Trapping Transparent Conducting Oxide Layer

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    Lu, Tianlin

    2012-07-16T23:59:59.000Z

    Thin film solar cells, if film thickness is thinner than the optical absorption length, typically give lower cell performance. For the thinner structure, electric current loss due to light penetration can offset the electric current gain obtained...

  20. 2-D MODELLING of N-TYPE IBC SOLAR CELLS USING SILVACO ATLAS SIMULATION

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    L. J. Koduvelikulathu; V. D. Mihailetchi; G. Galbiati; A. Halm; R. Roescu; R. Kopecek; K. Peter

    Contact (IBC) solar cells involves significant research and challenges. Simulation models of IBC cells, not only helps in understanding the cell behaviour inline with the experimental results but also help further in predicting the cell performance, adding to the cost effectiveness in the cell processing. The paper initially analyses about the cell behavioural with varying the cell pitch size and then provides with a predictive analysis on the cell behaviour in relation with varying bulk resistivity.