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Plasmonic Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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A combined computational-experimental study optimizing plasmon-enhanced absorption in thin film solar cells presented. We investigate the effect of different geometries where...

Pala, Ragip; White, Justin; Brongersma, Mark

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

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materials, thin film solar cell technology stands to benefitThin-film solar cells: Review of materials, technologies and

Huang, Jianqiao

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Metal Nanoparticles Enhanced Optical Absorption in Thin Film Solar Cells  

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The plasmonic enhanced absorption for thin film solar cells with silver nanoparticles (NPs) deposited on top of the amorphous silicon film (a-Si:H) solar cells and embedded inside the...

Xie, Wanlu; Liu, Fang; Qu, Di; Xu, Qi; Huang, Yidong

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Nanoarrays for Light Management in Thin Film Solar Cells  

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We report the use of plasmonic and photonic nanoarray to achieve light management in thin film solar cells. Theoretical and experimental data will be presented.

Ji, Jin; Nasr, Magued B; McCutcheon, Murray W; Herring, Cy

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Photon Management in Thin Film Solar Cells  

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We analyze the absorption enhancement in single and tandem solar-cells comprising nanostructures that increase the path of the photons inside the solar cell. For this purpose we...

Rockstuhl, Carsten; Fahr, Stephan; Paul, Thomas; Menzel, Christoph; Bittkau, Karsten; Beckers, Thomas; Carius, Reinhard; Lederer, Falk

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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

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

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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

Sites, James R.

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Laser scribing of CIGS based thin films solar cells  

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Laser scribing tests on CIGS based thin films solar cells have been performed. The obtained high quality incisions show that laser scribing is a valuable tool for producing low-cost...

Sozzi, Michele; Menossi, Daniele; Bosio, Alessio; Cucinotta, Annamaria; Romeo, Nicola; Selleri, Stefano

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Efficient light trapping structure in thin film silicon solar cells  

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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, ...

Sheng, Xing

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Accounting for Localized Defects in the Optoelectronic Design of Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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Thin-film silicon solar cell technology," Progress insolar cells: modeling, materials and device technology.technologies competitive with traditional wafer based solar cells,

Deceglie, Michael G.

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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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

Sites, James R.

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Mode Splitting for Efficient Plasmoinc Thin-film Solar Cell  

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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.

Li, Tong; Jiang, Chun

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Configuration Optimization of a Nanosphere Array on Top of a Thin Film Solar Cell  

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Configuration Optimization of a Nanosphere Array on Top of a Thin Film Solar Cell J. Grandidier on top of a solar cell can enhance light absorption and therefore increase its efficiency. Freely photocurrent of the solar cell. On a typical thin film amorphous silicon solar cell, a parametric analysis

Atwater, Harry

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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°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

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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

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

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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

Peale, Robert E.

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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 metallic­4]. In this context, a basic idea is to periodically texture the metallic back reflector of a thin-film solar cell

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

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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

Lenstra, Arjen K.

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

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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

Peale, Robert E.

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Ablation of film stacks in solar cell fabrication processes  

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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.

Harley, Gabriel; Kim, Taeseok; Cousins, Peter John

2013-04-02T23:59:59.000Z

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

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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

Atwater, Harry

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Trend Detection on Thin-Film Solar Cell Technology Using Cluster Analysis and Modified Data Crystallization  

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Thin-film solar cell, one of green energies, is growing ... . To detect the potential trends of this technology is essential for companies and relevant industries ... patterns, the potential trends of thin-film solar

Tzu-Fu Chiu; Chao-Fu Hong; Yu-Ting Chiu

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin film solar cell including a spatially modulated intrinsic layer  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

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

1989-03-28T23:59:59.000Z

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Focused ion beam specimen preparation for electron holography of electrically biased thin film solar cells  

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, biased TEM specimen, thin film solar cell, FIB Thin films of hydrogenated Si (Si:H) can be used as active for electron holography of a thin film solar cell using conventional lift-out specimen preparation and a homeFocused ion beam specimen preparation for electron holography of electrically biased thin film

Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.

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

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nanowire networks as window layers in thin film solar cells.window layer for fully solution-deposited thin filmITO) thin films by silver nanowire composite window layers

Chung, Choong-Heui

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Dielectric back scattering patterns for light trapping in thin-film Si solar cells  

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Dielectric back scattering patterns for light trapping in thin-film Si solar cells M. van Lare,1 of dielectric and metallic backscattering patterns in thin-film a-Si:H solar cells. We compare devices. Zhu, C.-M. Hsu, Z. Yu, S. Fan, and Y. Cui, "Nanodome solar cells with efficient light management

Polman, Albert

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

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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

Maruyama, Shigeo

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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°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

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Preparation Of Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide Films For Solar Cells  

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High quality thin films of copper-indium-gallium-diselenide useful in the production of solar cells are prepared by electrodepositing at least one of the constituent metals onto a glass/Mo substrate, followed by physical vapor deposition of copper and selenium or indium and selenium to adjust the final stoichiometry of the thin film to approximately Cu(In,Ga)Se.sub.2. Using an AC voltage of 1-100 KHz in combination with a DC voltage for electrodeposition improves the morphology and growth rate of the deposited thin film. An electrodeposition solution comprising at least in part an organic solvent may be used in conjunction with an increased cathodic potential to increase the gallium content of the electrodeposited thin film.

Bhattacharya, Raghu N. (Littleton, CO); Contreras, Miguel A. (Golden, CO); Keane, James (Lakewood, CO); Tennant, Andrew L. (Denver, CO), Tuttle, John R. (Denver, CO); Ramanathan, Kannan (Lakewood, CO); Noufi, Rommel (Golden, CO)

1998-08-08T23:59:59.000Z

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Junction Transport in Epitaxial Film Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells: Preprint  

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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.

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

2011-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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EARTH ABUNDANT MATERIALS FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY HETEROJUNCTION THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS  

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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

Ceder, Gerbrand

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Thin Film Solar Cells with Light Trapping Transparent Conducting Oxide Layer  

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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...

Lu, Tianlin

2012-07-16T23:59:59.000Z

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

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??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)

Zhao, Hehong

2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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LBIC ANALYSIS OF THIN-FILM POLYCRYSTALLINE SOLAR CELLS James R. Sites and Timothy J. Nagle  

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LBIC ANALYSIS OF THIN-FILM POLYCRYSTALLINE SOLAR CELLS James R. Sites and Timothy J. Nagle Physics response map, was developed and used to map defects in thin-film solar cells [4]. Improvements to the two) measurements are providing a direct link between the spatial non-uniformities inherent in thin-film

Sites, James R.

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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

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

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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

Romeo, Alessandro

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Technological assessment of light-trapping technology for thin-film Si solar cell.  

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??The proposed light trapping technology of Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) with Diffraction Grating (DG) and Anti-Reflection Coating (ARC) for thin film Si solar cell was (more)

Susantyoko, Rahmat Agung

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Using Localized Plasmon Resonances to Enhance Absorption Efficiency in Thin-film Organic Solar Cells  

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We propose the use of localized surface plasmon modes excited by square metallic gratings to enhance the optical absorption of thin-film organic solar cells. Broadband absorption...

Le, Khai Q; Abass, Aimi; Maes, Bjorn; Bienstman, Peter; Alu, Andrea

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High efficiency thin film silicon solar cells with novel light trapping : principle, design and processing  

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One major efficiency limiting factor in thin film solar cells is weak absorption of long wavelength photons due to the limited optical path length imposed by the thin film thickness. This is especially severe in Si because ...

Zeng, Lirong, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High efficiency thin-film crystalline Si/Ge tandem solar cell  

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We propose and simulate a photovoltaic solar cell comprised of Si and Ge pn junctions in tandem. With an anti-reflection film at the front surface, we have shown that optimal solar...

Sun, G; Chang, F; Soref, R A

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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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

Maruyama, Shigeo

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Universality of non-Ohmic shunt leakage in thin-film solar cells S. Dongaonkar,1,a  

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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

Alam, Muhammad A.

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DISSERTATION ANALYSIS OF IMPACT OF NON-UNIFORMITIES ON THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS  

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-scale problems such as energy demand, pollution, and environment safety. The cost ($/kWh) is the primaryDISSERTATION ANALYSIS OF IMPACT OF NON-UNIFORMITIES ON THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS AND MODULES WITH 2-D-FILM SOLAR CELLS AND MODULES WITH 2-D SIMULATIONS BE ACCEPTED AS FULFILLING IN PART REQUIREMENTS

Sites, James R.

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Junction Evolution During Fabrication of CdS/CdTe Thin-film PV Solar Cells (Presentation)  

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Discussion of the formation of CdTe thin-film PV junctions and optimization of CdTe thin-film PV solar cells.

Gessert, T. A.

2010-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Comparison of Ag and SiO2 Nanoparticles for Light Trapping Applications in Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells  

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Comparison of Ag and SiO2 Nanoparticles for Light Trapping Applications in Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells ... Department

Martin Theuring; Peng Hui Wang; Martin Vehse; Volker Steenhoff; Karsten von Maydell; Carsten Agert; Alexandre G. Brolo

2014-09-10T23:59:59.000Z

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THE PERFORMANCE OF THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS EMPLOYING PHOTOVOLTAIC Cu22014x Te-CdTe HETEROJUNCTIONS (1)  

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195 THE PERFORMANCE OF THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS EMPLOYING PHOTOVOLTAIC Cu22014x Te This paper is a short status report on the continuing development of Cu22014xTe-CdTe thin film solar cells Company has had a conti- nuous effort on thin film solar cells for the past four and a half years

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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Hole-conductor-free perovskite organic lead iodide heterojunction thin-film solar cells: High efficiency and junction property  

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Hole-conductor-free perovskite organic lead iodide heterojunction thin-film solar cells: High-conductor-free organic lead iodide thin film solar cells have been fabricated with a sequential deposition method are comparable to that of the high-efficiency thin-film solar cells. VC 2014 AIP Publishing LLC. [http

Wang, Wei Hua

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Plasmonic Back Structures Designed for Efficiency Enhancement of Thin Film Solar Cells  

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Metallic back structures with one-dimensional periodic nanoridges attached to thin-film amorphous silicon (a-Si) solar cell are proposed to enhance the cell efficiency in a wide...

Bai, Wenli; Gan, Qiaoqiang; Bartoli, Filbert; Song, Guofeng

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NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL  

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in all thin-film solar cell technologies is that absorbancecells. These emerging solar cell technologies have undergonethe various solar cell technologies and their progress as

Phuyal, Dibya

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Transfer Printing Methods for Flexible Thin Film Solar Cells: Basic Concepts and Working Principles  

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Thin film solar cells (TFSCs) that are fabricated on flexible substrates, such as plastics, paper, and fabrics, will significantly broaden the applications of solar cells, ranging from wearable solar chargers for portable electronics, building-integrated photovoltaics on sidewalls and curved rooftops, to lightweight solar cells for aerospace and space applications. ... Our study shows that photovoltaic tiles can combine energy generation with architectural aesthetics leading to significant implications for advancement in building integrated photovoltaics. ...

Chi Hwan Lee; Dong Rip Kim; Xiaolin Zheng

2014-09-03T23:59:59.000Z

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Diffusion of indium and gallium in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film solar cells  

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Diffusion of indium and gallium in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film solar cells O. Lundberga,*, J. Lua , A. Rockettb , M. Edoffa , L. Stolta a A°ngstro¨m Solar Center, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 534, SE-751 21 Abstract The diffusion of indium and gallium in polycrystalline thin film Cu(In,Ga)Se2 layers has been

Rockett, Angus

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Enhancement of optical absorption in thin-film organic solar cells through the excitation of plasmonic modes in metallic gratings  

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Enhancement of optical absorption in thin-film organic solar cells through the excitation 2010 We theoretically investigate the enhancement of optical absorption in thin-film organic solar.1063/1.3377791 Thin-film organic solar cells OSCs are a promising candidate for low-cost energy conversion.1­6 However

Veronis, Georgios

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

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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.'

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2012-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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HIGH EFFICIENCY CdTe/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH A NOVEL BACK-CONTACT Nicola Romeoa  

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HIGH EFFICIENCY CdTe/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH A NOVEL BACK-CONTACT Nicola Romeoa , Alessio in the fabrication of high efficiency CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells. Usually, it is done first by etching the Cd: Back Contact, CdTe, Thin Film 1 INTRODUCTION The back contact in the CdTe/CdS thin film solar cell

Romeo, Alessandro

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Design of plasmonic back structures for efficiency enhancement of thin-film amorphous Si solar cells  

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Metallic back structures with one-dimensional periodic nanoridges attached to a thin-film amorphous Si (a-Si) solar cell are numerically studied. At the interfaces between a-Si and...

Bai, Wenli; Gan, Qiaoqiang; Bartoli, Filbert; Zhang, Jing; Cai, Likang; Huang, Yidong; Song, Guofeng

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Nanoscale Materials for Thin Film Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells  

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Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells show the highest efficiencies of all thin film technologies. Nano-particulate precursor materials could have the potential to lead this technology to...

Ahlswede, Erik

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Electron-reflector strategy for CdTe thin-film solar cells.  

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??The CdTe thin-film solar cell has a large absorption coefficient and high theoretical efficiency. Moreover, large-area photovoltaic panels can be economically fabricated. These features potentially (more)

Hsiao, Kuo-Jui

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Earth-Abundant Materials for High-Efficiency Heterojunction Thin Film Solar Cells  

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We investigate materials for thin film solar cells that can meet tens of terawatts level deployment potential. As one of the candidates, cuprous oxide (Cu2O) is synthesized and...

Lee, Yun Seog; Bertoni, Mariana; Buonassisi, Tonio

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Novel textured glass substrate with high light trapping capacity for thin film Si solar cells application  

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A novel large feature size crater like glass substrate was proposed in this paper. P-i-n type microcrystalline silicon film solar cell with higher external quantum efficiency was...

Wang, Yanfeng; Zhang, xiaodan; Bai, Lisha; Huang, Qian; Wei, Changchun; Zhao, Ying

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Polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells on glass by ion-assisted deposition.  

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??Polycrystalline silicon (pc-Si, grain size > 1??m, no amorphous tissue) on glass is an interesting material for thin-film solar cells due to the low costs, (more)

Straub, Axel

2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Technological assessment of light-trapping technology for thin-film Si solar cell  

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The proposed light trapping technology of Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) with Diffraction Grating (DG) and Anti-Reflection Coating (ARC) for thin film Si solar cell was analyzed from the technology, market, and ...

Susantyoko, Rahmat Agung

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Integrated photonic structures for light trapping in thin-film Si solar cells  

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We explore the mechanisms for an efficient light trapping structure for thin-film silicon solar cells. The design combines a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) and periodic gratings. Using photonic band theories and numerical ...

Sheng, Xing

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Holographic Thin Film System for Multijunction Solar Cells  

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The efficiency of photovoltaic generators based on different semiconductor materials with optimized band gaps can achieve considerably higher values than those obtained with single junction solar cells. For th...

W. H. Bloss; M. Griesinger; E. R. Reinhardt

1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Enhanced Efficiency of Light-Trapping Nanoantenna Arrays for Thin Film Solar Cells  

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We suggest a novel concept of efficient light-trapping structures for thin-film solar cells based on arrays of planar nanoantennas operating far from plasmonic resonances. The operation principle of our structures relies on the excitation of chessboard-like collective modes of the nanoantenna arrays with the field localized between the neighboring metal elements. We demonstrated theoretically substantial enhancement of solar-cell short-circuit current by the designed light-trapping structure in the whole spectrum range of the solar-cell operation compared to conventional structures employing anti-reflecting coating. Our approach provides a general background for a design of different types of efficient broadband light-trapping structures for thin-film solar-cell technologically compatible with large-area thin-film fabrication techniques.

Simovski, Constantin R; Voroshilov, Pavel M; Guzhva, Michael E; Belov, Pavel A; Kivshar, Yuri S

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NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL  

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is mostly thin- film solar technology, such as CdTe and CuInimportant. Thin film solar technology such as CIGS (Copper,in all thin-film solar cell technologies is that absorbance

Phuyal, Dibya

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Processing and analysis of polycrystalline thin-film solar cells made from uniform single phase materials  

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This paper presents processes for producing uniform single phase polycrystalline films of Cu(InGa)Se{sub 2} and CdTe and the analysis of the resulting films and solar cell devices. The first two sections discuss Cu(InGa)Se{sub 2} cells prepared by the selenization of Cu-In-Ga films and of elemental evaporation. The third section describes a CdCl{sub 2} vapor treatment of CdTe that results in uniform large grain films with reduced {ital S} diffusion and reproducible performance. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

Birkmire, R.W.; Hichri, H.; Klenk, R.; Marudachalam, M.; McCandless, B.E.; Phillips, J.E.; Schultz, J.M.; Shafarman, W.N. [Institute of Energy Conversion, Department of Energy, University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic, Research and Education (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 19716 (United States)

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Microcrystalline SiGe Absorber Layers in Thin-film Silicon Solar Cells  

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Abstract We report on physical properties of microcrystalline silicon-germanium (?c-SiGe:H) absorber layers for the use as a bottom structure in silicon based multijunction thin-film solar cells. Due to incorporation of Ge the absorption of the film is enhanced compared to pure ?c-Si:H films. This provides the opportunity to significantly reduce the absorber layer thickness. The experiments were carried out in a 13.56MHz PECVD reactor using germane, silane and hydrogen as process gases. Single layers were characterized for their optical and electrical properties. Results from single and multijunction solar cells using a ?c- SiGe:H absorbers will be shown. In tandem solar cells a reduction of about 60% of the absorber layer thickness could be reached by using SiGe alloys compared to pristine silicon tandem cells.

K.V. Maydell; K. Grunewald; M. Kellermann; O. Sergeev; P. Klement; N. Reininghaus; T. Kilper

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Application of Vertically-Aligned SWNT Films for the Counter Electrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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Application of Vertically-Aligned SWNT Films for the Counter Electrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar a solar cell in which VA-SWNT films were used for a CE, in place of conventional sputtered Pt on fluorine to use vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotube (VA-SWNT) films [1] synthesized by ACCVD method

Maruyama, Shigeo

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Novel wide band gap materials for highly efficient thin film tandem solar cells  

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Tandem solar cells (TSCs), which use two or more materials to absorb sunlight, have achieved power conversion efficiencies of >25% versus 11-20% for commercialized single junction solar cell modules. The key to widespread commercialization of TSCs is to develop the wide-band, top solar cell that is both cheap to fabricate and has a high open-circuit voltage (i.e. >1V). Previous work in TSCs has generally focused on using expensive processing techniques with slow growth rates resulting in costs that are two orders of magnitude too expensive to be used in conventional solar cell modules. The objective of the PLANT PV proposal was to investigate the feasibility of using Ag(In,Ga)Se2 (AIGS) as the wide-bandgap absorber in the top cell of a thin film tandem solar cell (TSC). Despite being studied by very few in the solar community, AIGS solar cells have achieved one of the highest open-circuit voltages within the chalcogenide material family with a Voc of 949mV when grown with an expensive processing technique (i.e. Molecular Beam Epitaxy). PLANT PVâ??s goal in Phase I of the DOE SBIR was to 1) develop the chemistry to grow AIGS thin films via solution processing techniques to reduce costs and 2) fabricate new device architectures with high open-circuit voltage to produce full tandem solar cells in Phase II. PLANT PV attempted to translate solution processing chemistries that were successful in producing >12% efficient Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells by replacing copper compounds with silver. The main thrust of the research was to determine if it was possible to make high quality AIGS thin films using solution processing and to fully characterize the materials properties. PLANT PV developed several different types of silver compounds in an attempt to fabricate high quality thin films from solution. We found that silver compounds that were similar to the copper based system did not result in high quality thin films. PLANT PV was able to deposit AIGS thin films using a mixture of solution and physical vapor deposition processing, but these films lacked the p-type doping levels that are required to make decent solar cells. Over the course of the project PLANT PV was able to fabricate efficient CIGS solar cells (8.7%) but could not achieve equivalent performance using AIGS. During the nine-month grant PLANT PV set up a variety of thin film characterization tools (e.g. drive-level capacitance profiling) at the Molecular Foundry, a Department of Energy User Facility, that are now available to both industrial and academic researchers via the grant process. PLANT PV was also able to develop the back end processing of thin film solar cells at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs to achieve 8.7% efficient CIGS solar cells. This processing development will be applied to other types of thin film PV cells at the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. While PLANT PV was able to study AIGS film growth and optoelectronic properties we concluded that AIGS produced using these methods would have a limited efficiency and would not be commercially feasible. PLANT PV did not apply for the Phase II of this grant.

Brian E. Hardin, Stephen T. Connor, Craig H. Peters

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Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 92 (2008) 821829 Modeling the optical properties of WO3 and WO3SiO2 thin films  

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Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 92 (2008) 821­829 Modeling the optical properties of WO3 the optical response of the films in the near-UV and visible region: two interband transitions for energies E

Thirumalai, Devarajan

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TOWARDS CIGS SOLAR CELLS WITH REDUCED FILM THICKNESS: A STUDY OF OPTICAL PROPERTIES AND OF PHOTONIC STRUCTURES FOR LIGHT TRAPPING  

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TOWARDS CIGS SOLAR CELLS WITH REDUCED FILM THICKNESS: A STUDY OF OPTICAL PROPERTIES AND OF PHOTONIC ABSTRACT: In view of large-scale exploitation of CuIn1-xGaxSe2 (CIGS) solar cells for photovoltaic energy. In this work we perform a full study of optical properties of CIGS solar cells grown by a hybrid sputtering

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STRUCTURAL AND CHEMICAL STUDIES ON CdTe/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH ANALYTICAL TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY  

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STRUCTURAL AND CHEMICAL STUDIES ON CdTe/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH ANALYTICAL TRANSMISSION, A. N. Tiwari Thin Film Physics Group, Laboratory for Solid State Physics, Technopark ETH-Building, Technoparkstr. 1, CH-8005 Zurich, Switzerland ABSTRACT: CdTe/CdS thin £lm solar cells have been grown by closed

Romeo, Alessandro

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Investigation of annealing effects and film thickness dependence of polymer solar cells based on poly,,3-hexylthiophene...  

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Investigation of annealing effects and film thickness dependence of polymer solar cells based spectroscopy on the P3HT:PCBM films to explain the effect of thermal annealing. By keeping the optimized shown the possibility of putting them into practical applica- tions. Polymeric solar cells based

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First-Principles Study of Back Contact Effects on CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells  

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Forming a chemically stable low-resistance back contact for CdTe thin-film solar cells is critically important to the cell performance. This paper reports theoretical study of the effects of the back-contact material, Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3}, on the performance of the CdTe solar cells. First-principles calculations show that Sb impurities in p-type CdTe are donors and can diffuse with low diffusion barrier. There properties are clearly detrimental to the solar-cell performance. The Sb segregation into the grain boundaries may be required to explain the good efficiencies for the CdTe solar cells with Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} back contacts.

Du, Mao-Hua [ORNL

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Structural and chemical investigations of CBD-and PVD-CdS buffer layers and interfaces in Cu(In,Ga)Se2-based thin film solar cells  

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(In,Ga)Se2-based thin film solar cells D. Abou-Rasa,b,*, G. Kostorza , A. Romeob,1 , D. Rudmannb , A Available online 8 December 2004 Abstract It is known that high-efficiency thin film solar cells based on Cu; Chemical bath deposition; CdS buffer 1. Introduction The highest efficiencies for thin film solar cells

Romeo, Alessandro

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Parallel FDTD Simulation of Photonic Crystals and Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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Finite difference time domain (FDTD) method is a robust and accurate algorithm which is widely used in computational electromagnetic field and the simulation of optical phenomenon. In this paper, parallel FDTD based on overlapped domain decomposition ... Keywords: finite difference time domain method, parallel, photonic crystal, thin-film solar cell, quantum efficiency

Wu Wang; Xuebin Chi; Yangde Feng; Yonghua Zhao

2012-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Disorder improves nanophotonic light trapping in thin-film solar cells  

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We present a systematic experimental study on the impact of disorder in advanced nanophotonic light-trapping concepts of thin-film solar cells. Thin-film solar cells made of hydrogenated amorphous silicon were prepared on imprint-textured glass superstrates. For periodically textured superstrates of periods below 500?nm, the nanophotonic light-trapping effect is already superior to state-of-the-art randomly textured front contacts. The nanophotonic light-trapping effect can be associated to light coupling to leaky waveguide modes causing resonances in the external quantum efficiency of only a few nanometer widths for wavelengths longer than 500?nm. With increasing disorder of the nanotextured front contact, these resonances broaden and their relative altitude decreases. Moreover, overall the external quantum efficiency, i.e., the light-trapping effect, increases incrementally with increasing disorder. Thereby, our study is a systematic experimental proof that disorder is conceptually an advantage for nanophotonic light-trapping concepts employing grating couplers in thin-film solar cells. The result is relevant for the large field of research on nanophotonic light trapping in thin-film solar cells which currently investigates and prototypes a number of new concepts including disordered periodic and quasi periodic textures.

Paetzold, U. W., E-mail: u.paetzold@fz-juelich.de; Smeets, M.; Meier, M.; Bittkau, K.; Merdzhanova, T.; Smirnov, V.; Carius, R.; Rau, U. [IEK5Photovoltaik, Forschungszentrum Jlich GmbH, 52425 Jlich (Germany); Michaelis, D.; Waechter, C. [Fraunhofer Institut fr Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik, Albert Einstein Str. 7, D-07745 Jena (Germany)

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The Roles of Cu Impurity States in CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells Ken K. Chin1  

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1 The Roles of Cu Impurity States in CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells Ken K. Chin1 , T.A. Gessert2 of Cu impurity inclusion in CdTe thin film solar cells, such as degradation caused by Cu diffusion , and Su-Huai Wei2 1 Department of Physics and Apollo CdTe Solar Energy Research Center, NJIT, Newark, NJ

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Enhanced quantum efficiency of amorphous silicon thin film solar cells with the inclusion of a rear-reflector thin film  

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We investigated the growth mechanism of amorphous silicon thin films by implementing hot-wire chemical vapor deposition and fabricated thin film solar cell devices. The fabricated cells showed efficiencies of 7.5 and 8.6% for the samples without and with the rear-reflector decomposed by sputtering, respectively. The rear-reflector enhances the quantum efficiency in the infrared spectral region from 550 to 750?nm. The more stable quantum efficiency of the sample with the inclusion of a rear-reflector than the sample without the rear-reflector due to the bias effect is related to the enhancement of the short circuit current.

Park, Seungil [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Energy Conversions Technology Center, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Cheonan 331-825 (Korea, Republic of); Yong Ji, Hyung; Jun Kim, Myeong; Hyeon Peck, Jong [Energy Conversions Technology Center, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Cheonan 331-825 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Keunjoo, E-mail: kimk@chonbuk.ac.kr [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of)

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Organic solar cell optimizations  

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This paper presents recent experimental and theoretical approaches for optimizing organic solar cell efficiencies in both space and energy/time...D/A...) blend film, a corresponding DBAB- block copolymer film ex...

S. Sun; Z. Fan; Y. Wang; J. Haliburton

2005-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Disilane versus monosilane: a comparison of the properties of glow-discharge a-Si:H films and solar cells  

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The consequences of using disilane instead of silane for the glow-discharge deposition of a-Si:H solar cells have been studied. Deposition rates were increased fivefold by the use of disilane. The a-Si:H films have a higher hydrogen content, but otherwise are quite similar to silane produced films and possess the same type of gap states. Chlorosilanes, HCl, and oxysilanes were detected in the disilane by mass spectrometry and their influence on film and solar cell properties assessed. The problem of inadvertent dopant tails resulting from the higher deposition rate of the solar cells is identified.

Delahoy, A.E.; Kampas, F.J.; Corderman, R.R.; Vanier, P.E.; Griffith, R.W.

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Disilane versus monosilane: a comparison of the properties of glow-discharge a-Si:H Films and solar cells  

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The consequences of using disilane instead of silane for the glow-discharge deposition of a-Si:H solar cells have been studied. Deposition rates were increased fivefold by the use of disilane. The a-Si:H films have a higher hydrogen content, but otherwise are quite similar to silane produced films and possess the same type of gap states. Chlorosilanes, HCl, and oxysilanes were detected in the disilane by mass spectrometry and their influence on film and solar cell properties assessed. The problem of inadvertent dopant tails resulting from the higher deposition rate of the solar cells is identified.

Delahoy, A.E.; Corderman, R.R.; Griffith, R.W.; Kampas, F.J.; Vanier, P.E.

1982-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Ion beam assisted sputter deposition of ZnO for silicon thin-film solar cells  

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Ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) is a promising technique for improving the material quality of ZnO-based thin films. The operation of an auxiliary Ar+ ion source during deposition of ZnO?:?Ga thin films by dc magnetron sputtering led to an improvement in crystalline texture, especially at low temperatures due to momentum transfer from the ions to the growing film. Etching of IBAD-ZnO?:?Ga films in diluted HCl revealed crater-like surface structures with crater diameters of up to 600nm. These structures are usually achieved after deposition at high substrate temperatures. This is an indication that the grain structure was remarkably changed by bombarding these films during deposition in terms of increasing the compactness of the ZnO?:?Ga films. Subsequent annealing procedures led to an improvement in the electrical and optical properties. Hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (c-Si?:?H) solar cells exhibited enhanced efficiency as compared to cells on other low-temperature sputtered reference ZnO films. This improvement was ascribed to light trapping by the modified etching behaviour of the IBAD-ZnO?:?Ga films as well as improved transparency after the vacuum annealing step.

M Warzecha; D Khl; M Wuttig; J Hpkes

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Boron arsenide thin film solar cell development. Final report  

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Pyrolytic decomposition of diborane and arsine has been used in attempts to grow polycrystalline BAs films. This method, however, produced only amorphous films for deposition temperatures below 920/sup 0/C and polycrystalline boron subarsenide (B/sub 12/As/sub 2/) flms for deposition temperatures above this value. The amorphous films have been determined to have a significant arsenic content but the actual stoichiometry was not obtained. The films were adherent on single crystal sapphire (0001), (111) silicon, (0001) SiC, and polycrystalline SiC but were found not to be adherent to substrates of fused quartz, tungsten, and molybdenum. It was also found that all films deposited above 650/sup 0/C were p-type while those deposited below 600/sup 0/C were usually n-type. Polycrystalline BAs and B/sub 12/As/sub 2/ was produced by reaction of the elements in a closed tube. The amorphous films showed an indirect or non-direct optical bandgap from 1.0 to 1.7 eV with the most probable values between 1.2 to 1.4 eV. The crystalline BAs powder shows a bandgap near 1.0 eV. Photoconductance time constants have been measured for films deposited on (0001) sapphire and (0001) SiC. Attempts at doping the amorphous films were generally unsuccessful. A polycrystalline powder sample was successfully doped with sulfur. Attempts were made to produce a Schottky barrier diode by evaporating Al dots onto an amorphous film on graphite without a post-evaporation anneal. An MIS structure was also attempted by baking an amorphous film in air at 280/sup 0/C before evaporation of aluminum. Although nonlinear characteristics were obtained, none of the devices showed any photovoltaic response. A p-type amorphous film was deposited on an n-type silicon substrate to form a p-n heterojunction. This device did exhibit a photovoltaic response but it is believed that the photogeneration was occurring primarily in the silicon substrate.

Boone, J.L.; Van Doren, T.P.

1980-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Advanced polycrystalline silicon thin film solar cells using high rate plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposited amorphous silicon on textured glass.  

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??Solid phase crystallized polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin-film solar cell on glass is an emerging Photovoltaics (PV) technology combining the robustness of crystalline Si material with (more)

Jin, Guangyao

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Low-cost, deterministic quasi-periodic photonic structures for light trapping in thin film silicon solar cells  

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Light trapping has been an important issue for thin film silicon solar cells because of the low absorption coefficient in the near infrared range. In this paper, we present a photonic structure which combines anodic aluminum ...

Sheng, Xing

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Controlling the Texture and Crystallinity of Evaporated Lead Phthalocyanine Thin Films for Near-Infrared Sensitive Solar Cells  

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Controlling the Texture and Crystallinity of Evaporated Lead Phthalocyanine Thin Films for Near-Infrared Sensitive Solar Cells Karolien Vasseur,, Katharina Broch,§ Alexander L. Ayzner, Barry P. Rand, David Cheyns: To achieve organic solar cells with a broadened spectral absorption, we aim to promote the growth of the near

Schreiber, Frank

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An Unconventional Route to High-Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells via Embedding Graphitic Thin Films into TiO2 Nanoparticle  

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and impedance spectroscopy. KEYWORDS: Carbon/TiO2 thin film, dye-sensitized solar cells, block copolymer-treated single-wall carbon nanotubes (a-SWCNs) in TiO2 film.37 The a-SWCNs modified solar cell indicated a 25An Unconventional Route to High-Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells via Embedding Graphitic Thin

Lin, Zhiqun

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Thermal Evaporation and Characterization of Sb2Se3 Thin Film for Substrate Sb2Se3/CdS Solar Cells  

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Thermal Evaporation and Characterization of Sb2Se3 Thin Film for Substrate Sb2Se3/CdS Solar Cells ... Here we report Sb2Se3 solar cells fabricated from thermal evaporation. ... Sb2Se3; thermal evaporation; thin film; solar cells ...

Xinsheng Liu; Jie Chen; Miao Luo; Meiying Leng; Zhe Xia; Ying Zhou; Sikai Qin; Ding-Jiang Xue; Lu Lv; Han Huang; Dongmei Niu; Jiang Tang

2014-06-12T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin-film silicon triple-junction solar cell with 12.5% stable efficiency on innovative flat light-scattering substrate  

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Thin-film silicon triple-junction solar cell with 12.5% stable efficiency on innovative flat light://jap.aip.org/about/rights_and_permissions #12;Thin-film silicon triple-junction solar cell with 12.5% stable efficiency on innovative flat light require light-trapping schemes that are predominantly based on depositing the solar cells on rough

Psaltis, Demetri

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EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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

Kaiser, Todd J.

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Thin silicon solar cells  

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The silicon-film design achieves high performance by using a dun silicon layer and incorporating light trapping. Optimally designed thin crystalline solar cells (<50 microns thick) have performance advantages over conventional thick devices. The high-performance silicon-film design employs a metallurgical barrier between the low-cost substrate and the thin silicon layer. Light trapping properties of silicon-film on ceramic solar cells are presented and analyzed. Recent advances in process development are described here.

Hall, R.B.; Bacon, C.; DiReda, V.; Ford, D.H.; Ingram, A.E.; Cotter, J.; Hughes-Lampros, T.; Rand, J.A.; Ruffins, T.R.; Barnett, A.M. [Astro Power Inc., Solar Park, Newark, DE (United States)

1992-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Performance and Loss Analyses of High-Efficiency CBD-ZnS/Cu(In1-xGax)Se2 Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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1 Performance and Loss Analyses of High-Efficiency CBD-ZnS/Cu(In1-xGax)Se2 Thin-Film Solar Cells, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-8572, Japan (Received ) KEYWORDS: ZnS buffer, Cu(In,Ga)Se2, thin-film solar cells alternative to CdS in polycrystalline thin-film Cu(In1-xGax)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells. Cells with efficiency

Sites, James R.

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Thin Film Solar Cells Derived from Sintered Semiconductor Quantum Dots: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA number CRD-07-00226  

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The NREL/Evident team will develop techniques to fabricate thin film solar cells where the absorption layers comprising the solar cells are derived from sintered semiconductor quantum dots.

Ginley, D. S.

2010-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Angular behavior of the absorption limit in thin film silicon solar cells  

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We investigate the angular behavior of the upper bound of absorption provided by the guided modes in thin film solar cells. We show that the 4n^2 limit can be potentially exceeded in a wide angular and wavelength range using two-dimensional periodic thin film structures. Two models are used to estimate the absorption enhancement; in the first one, we apply the periodicity condition along the thickness of the thin film structure but in the second one, we consider imperfect confinement of the wave to the device. To extract the guided modes, we use an automatized procedure which is established in this work. Through examples, we show that from the optical point of view, thin film structures have a high potential to be improved by changing their shape. Also, we discuss the nature of different optical resonances which can be potentially used to enhance light trapping in the solar cell. We investigate the two different polarization directions for one-dimensional gratings and we show that the transverse magnetic pola...

Naqavi, Ali; Sderstrm, Karin; Battaglia, Corsin; Paeder, Vincent; Scharf, Toralf; Herzig, Hans Peter; Ballif, Christophe

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High Efficiency CdTe/CdS Thin Film Solar Cells Prepared by Treating CdTe Films with a Freon Gas in Substitution of CdCl2  

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High Efficiency CdTe/CdS Thin Film Solar Cells Prepared by Treating CdTe Films with a Freon Gas delle Scienze, 37/A-43010 Fontanini, Parma, Italy ABSTRACT: CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells have reached in the preparation of high efficiency CdTe/CdS solar cells is the activation treatment of CdTe film. Most research

Romeo, Alessandro

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Active barrier films of PET for solar cell application: Processing and characterization  

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A preliminary investigation was carried out on the possibility to improve the protective action offered by the standard multilayer structures used to encapsulate photovoltaic devices. With this aim, a commercial active barrier PET-based material, able to absorb oxygen when activated by liquid water, was used to produce flexible and transparent active barrier films, by means of a lab-scale film production plant. The obtained film, tested in terms of thermal, optical and oxygen absorption properties, shows a slow oxygen absorption kinetics, an acceptable transparency and an easy roll-to-roll processability, so proving itself as a good candidate for the development of protective coating for solar cells against the atmospheric degradation agents like the rain.

Rossi, Gabriella; Scarfato, Paola; Incarnato, Loredana [Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132 - 84084 Fisciano (Italy)

2014-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

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

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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].

Chung, Choong-Heui

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Light trapping in thin-film solar cells measured by Raman spectroscopy  

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In this study, Raman spectroscopy is used as a tool to determine the light-trapping capability of textured ZnO front electrodes implemented in microcrystalline silicon (?c-Si:H) solar cells. Microcrystalline silicon films deposited on superstrates of various roughnesses are characterized by Raman micro-spectroscopy at excitation wavelengths of 442?nm, 514?nm, 633?nm, and 785?nm, respectively. The way to measure quantitatively and with a high level of reproducibility the Raman intensity is described in details. By varying the superstrate texture and with it the light trapping in the ?c-Si:H absorber layer, we find significant differences in the absolute Raman intensity measured in the near infrared wavelength region (where light trapping is relevant). A good agreement between the absolute Raman intensity and the external quantum efficiency of the ?c-Si:H solar cells is obtained, demonstrating the validity of the introduced method. Applications to thin-film solar cells, in general, and other optoelectronic devices are discussed.

Ledinsk, M., E-mail: ledinsky@fzu.cz [Laboratory of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials, Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i., Cukrovarnick 10, 162 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory, Institute of Microengineering (IMT), cole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne (EPFL), Rue de la Maladire 71b, CH-2000 Neuchtel (Switzerland); Moulin, E.; Bugnon, G.; Meillaud, F.; Ballif, C. [Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory, Institute of Microengineering (IMT), cole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne (EPFL), Rue de la Maladire 71b, CH-2000 Neuchtel (Switzerland); Ganzerov, K.; Vetushka, A.; Fejfar, A. [Laboratory of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials, Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i., Cukrovarnick 10, 162 00 Prague (Czech Republic)

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DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL PRECURSOR FOR THE PREPARATION BY SELENIZATION OF HIGH EFFICIENCY CuInGaSe2/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS  

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/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS N. Romeo1 , A. Bosio1 , V. Canevari2 , R. Tedeschi1 , S. Sivelli1 , A. Solar cells prepared by depositing in sequence on top of the CuInGaSe2 film 60 nm of CdS, 100 nm of pure(InGa)Se2, Thin Films, Selenization 1 INTRODUCTION CuInGaSe2 based solar cells exhibit the highest

Romeo, Alessandro

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Method and making group IIB metal - telluride films and solar cells  

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A technique is disclosed forming thin films (13) of group IIB metal-telluride, such as Cd.sub.x Zn.sub.1-x Te (0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.1), on a substrate (10) which comprises depositing Te (18) and at least one of the elements (19) of Cd, Zn, and Hg onto a substrate and then heating the elements to form the telluride. A technique is also provided for doping this material by chemically forming a thin layer of a dopant on the surface of the unreacted elements and then heating the elements along with the layer of dopant. A method is disclosed of fabricating a thin film photovoltaic cell which comprises depositing Te and at least one of the elements of Cd, Zn, and Hg onto a substrate which contains on its surface a semiconductor film (12) and then heating the elements in the presence of a halide of the Group IIB metals, causing the formation of solar cell grade Group IIB metal-telluride film and also causing the formation of a rectifying junction, in situ, between the semiconductor film on the substrate and the Group IIB metal-telluride layer which has been formed.

Basol, Bulent M. (Redondo Beach, CA); Kapur, Vijay K. (Northridge, CA)

1990-08-21T23:59:59.000Z

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Back contact buffer layer for thin-film solar cells  

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A photovoltaic cell structure is disclosed that includes a buffer/passivation layer at a CdTe/Back contact interface. The buffer/passivation layer is formed from the same material that forms the n-type semiconductor active layer. In one embodiment, the buffer layer and the n-type semiconductor active layer are formed from cadmium sulfide (CdS). A method of forming a photovoltaic cell includes the step of forming the semiconductor active layers and the buffer/passivation layer within the same deposition chamber and using the same material source.

Compaan, Alvin D.; Plotnikov, Victor V.

2014-09-09T23:59:59.000Z

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Film Si Solar Cells with Nano Si: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-09-00356  

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Nevada Nanotechnology Center and Si group at NREL will work together to develop a-Si based solar cells with nano-Si technique. We will explore the existing a-Si based film solar cell technology at NREL and nano scale Si technology at Nevada Nanotechnology Center. By exchanging information, we will come; up with some new cell structures using nano-Si. We expect the new a-Si based cells will have optical enhancement or better electronic or optical properties of absorber layer to improve solar cell performance.

Wang, Q.

2011-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Optical and recombination losses in thin-film Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells  

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Abstract Optical and recombination losses in thin-film solar cells based on CuInxGa1-xSe2 with the bandgaps 1.141.16 and 1.361.38eV have been evaluated. Parameters used for the analysis and calculations were verified by comparing the measured quantum efficiency spectra with the results of calculations. Optical losses due to reflections from the interfaces and absorption in the ZnO and CdS layers are found using the optical constants of materials taking into account anti-reflection coating on the ZnO surface. It is shown that for typical parameters of solar cells studied the optical losses amount to 1618%. Losses due to the recombination of charge carriers at the front and back surfaces of the absorbing layer and in the space charge region (SCR) are calculated based on their dependences on the carrier lifetime, the concentration of uncompensated acceptors (determined the width of the SCR) and other parameters of the absorber. Total recombination losses in solar cells with the bandgaps of CuIn(Ga,In)Se2 1.14 and 1.36eV are equal to 7.0% and 4.5%, respectively. It is also shown that for solar cell with the bandgap of absorber 1.14eV, an incomplete charge collection is caused also due to non-optimal width of the SCR. An improvement of charge collection in this cell can be achieved by varying the concentration of uncompensated acceptors in the absorber. However, it is impossible to achieve such improvement for solar cells with the bandgap of 1.36eV due to shorter carrier lifetime in the material.

L.A. Kosyachenko; X. Mathew; P.D. Paulson; V.Ya. Lytvynenko; O.L. Maslyanchuk

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Non-Uniformities in Thin-Film Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells Using Electroluminescence and Photoluminescence  

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It is the purpose of this research to develop specific imaging techniques that have the potential to be fast, inline tools for quality control in thin-film CdTe solar cells. Electroluminescence (EL) and photoluminescence (PL) are two techniques that are currently under investigation on CdTe small area devices made at Colorado State University. It is our hope to significantly advance the understanding of EL and PL measurements as applied to CdTe. Qualitative analysis of defects and non-uniformities is underway on CdTe using EL, PL, and other imaging techniques.

Zaunbrecher, K.; Johnston, S.; Yan, F.; Sites, J.

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Non-Uniformities in Thin-Film Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells Using Electroluminescence and Photoluminescence: Preprint  

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It is the purpose of this research to develop specific imaging techniques that have the potential to be fast, in-line tools for quality control in thin-film CdTe solar cells. Electroluminescence (EL) and photoluminescence (PL) are two techniques that are currently under investigation on CdTe small area devices made at Colorado State University. It is our hope to significantly advance the understanding of EL and PL measurements as applied to CdTe. Qualitative analysis of defects and non-uniformities is underway on CdTe using EL, PL, and other imaging techniques.

Zaunbrecher, K.; Johnston, S.; Yan, F.; Sites, J.

2011-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Oxidation of In2S3 films to synthetize In2S3(1-x)O3x thin films as a buffer layer in solar cells  

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Oxidation of In2S3 films to synthetize In2S3(1-x)O3x thin films as a buffer layer in solar cells S layers for solar cells. PACS : 68.55.ag Semiconductors, 68.55.J Morphology of films , 68.55.Nq the oxidation occurs is strongly dependent on the texture of deposited films. As-grown films deposited

Boyer, Edmond

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CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cell Research at NREL: FY04 Results and Accomplishments  

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory National Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation for Our Energy Future A national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy NREL is operated by Midwest Research Institute ● Battelle Contract No. DE-AC36-99-GO10337 Conference Paper NREL/CP-520-37020 January 2005 CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cell Research at NREL: FY04 Results and Accomplishments K. Ramanathan, R.N. Bhattacharya, M.A. Contreras, F.S. Hasoon, J. Abushama, and R. Noufi Presented at the 2004 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting October 25-28, 2004 Denver, Colorado NOTICE The submitted manuscript has been offered by an employee of the Midwest Research Institute (MRI), a contractor of the US Government under Contract No. DE-AC36-99GO10337. Accordingly, the US

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Dyadic Greens functions of thin films: Applications within plasmonic solar cells  

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Optimization and design of silicon solar cells by exploiting light scattering from metal nanoparticles to increase the efficiency is addressed in the small particle limit from a fundamental point of view via the dyadic Greens function formulation. Based on the dyadic Greens function (Greens tensor) of a three-layer geometry, light scattering from electric point dipoles (representing small metal scatterers) located within a thin layer sandwiched between a substrate and a superstrate is analyzed. Starting from the full dyadic Greens function we derive analytical near- and far-field approximations. The far-field approximations enable efficient, exact, and separate evaluation of light scattering into waves that propagate in the substrate or the superstrate. Based on the near-field approximation we present a semianalytical expression for the total near-field absorption in the substrate. The theoretical approach is used to analyze realistic configurations for plasmon-assisted silicon solar cells. We show that by embedding metal nanoscatterers in a thin film with a high refractive index (rutile TiO2 with n?2.5) on top of the silicon, the fraction of scattered light that couples into the solar cell can become larger than 96%, and an optical path length enhancement of more than 100 can be achieved.

Jesper Jung; Thomas Sndergaard; Thomas Garm Pedersen; Kjeld Pedersen; Arne Nylandsted Larsen; Brian Bech Nielsen

2011-02-23T23:59:59.000Z

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

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Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion. Conference17th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, 0:11,

Huang, Jianqiao

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Development of Commercial Technology for Thin Film Silicon Solar Cells on Glass: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-07-209  

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NREL has conducted basic research relating to high efficiency, low cost, thin film silicon solar cell design and the method of making solar cells. Two patents have been issued to NREL in the above field. In addition, specific process and metrology tools have been developed by NREL. Applied Optical Sciences Corp. (AOS) has expertise in the manufacture of solar cells and has developed its own unique concentrator technology. AOS wants to complement its solar cell expertise and its concentrator technology by manufacturing flat panel thin film silicon solar cell panels. AOS wants to take NREL's research to the next level, using it to develop commercially viable flat pane, thin film silicon solar cell panels. Such a development in equipment, process, and metrology will likely produce the lowest cost solar cell technology for both commercial and residential use. NREL's fundamental research capability and AOS's technology and industrial background are complementary to achieve this product development.

Sopori, B.

2013-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Remarkable progress in thin-film silicon solar cells using high-efficiency triple-junction technology  

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Abstract Despite the many advantages of thin-film silicon (Si) solar cells, their low efficiencies remain a challenge that must be overcome. Efficient light utilization across the solar spectrum is required to achieve efficiencies over 15%, allowing them to be competitive with other solar cell technologies. To produce high-efficiency thin-film Si solar cells, we have developed triple-junction solar cell structures to enhance solar spectrum utilization. To maximize the light management, in-house ZnO:Al layers with high haze ratios and high transmittances were developed. In addition, novel doping layers, such as n-type microcrystalline silicon oxide (c-SiOx:H), which has a very low refractive index, and p-type microcrystalline silicon oxide (c-SiOx:H), which has a wide bandgap, were successfully applied to the optical reflector and the window layer, respectively. Thin-film quality control techniques for the deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) in the top cell, hydrogenated amorphous silicon-germanium (a-SiGe:H) or hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (?c-Si:H) in the middle cell, and hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (?c-Si:H) in the bottom cell were also important factors leading to the production of high-efficiency triple-junction solar cells. As a result of this work, an initial efficiency of 16.1% (in-house measurement) in the a-Si:H/a-SiGe:H/?c-Si:H stack and a stabilized efficiency of 13.4% (confirmed by NREL) in the a-Si:H/?c-Si:H/?c-Si:H stack were successfully achieved in a small-area triple-junction solar cell with dimensions of 1cm1cm.

Soohyun Kim; Jin-Won Chung; Hyun Lee; Jinhee Park; Younho Heo; Heon-Min Lee

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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QUANTIFICATION OF LOSSES IN THIN-FILM CdS/CdTe SOLAR CELLS S.H. Demtsu and J.R. Sites  

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QUANTIFICATION OF LOSSES IN THIN-FILM CdS/CdTe SOLAR CELLS S.H. Demtsu and J.R. Sites Department of Physics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA ABSTRACT Quantification of solar cell Thin-film CdS/CdTe devices have been studied extensively, but some basic underlying properties

Sites, James R.

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Copper and Transparent-Conductor Reflectarray Elements on Thin-Film Solar Cell Panels  

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This work addresses the integration of reflectarray antennas (RA) on thin film Solar Cell (SC) panels, as a mean to save real estate, weight, or cost in platforms such as satellites or transportable autonomous antenna systems. Our goal is to design a good RA unit cell in terms of phase response and bandwidth, while simultaneously achieving high optical transparency and low microwave loss, to preserve good SC and RA energy efficiencies, respectively. Since there is a trade-off between the optical transparency and microwave surface conductivity of a conductor, here both standard copper and transparent conductors are considered. The results obtained at the unit cell level demonstrates the feasibility of integrating RA on a thin-film SC, preserving for the first time good performance in terms of both SC and RA efficiency. For instance, measurement at X-band demonstrate families of cells providing a phase range larger than 270{\\deg} with average microwave loss of -2.45dB (resp. -0.25dB) and average optical transpa...

Dreyer, Philippe; Nicolay, Sylvain; Ballif, Christophe; Perruisseau-Carrier, Julien

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Theoretical study of the efficiency of CdS/PbS thin film solar cells  

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Abstract This work represents a theoretical analysis of a new type of thin film solar cells with structure glass/ITO/CdS/PbS/AL. The transmission spectrum was calculated based on the multi-reflections effect from all cell layers as well as absorption effect in both ITO and CdS layers. The calculations of spectral internal quantum efficiency were carried out based on the front and back surface recombination of PbS layer. The recombination losses in space-charge region were studied. The effect of thickness of the absorber layer on the calculations of short-circuit current density was studied under illumination condition of AM1.5 solar irradiation. The data of open circuit voltage, maximum voltage, maximum current density, fill factor, output power density and efficiency of CdS/PbS solar cell were estimated from the JV characteristics curve under illumination effect. This study ignored the effect of metallic back contact and thus the incomplete absorption losses (transmission losses) take place at thin absorber layer. The obtained results showed that the 2?m thickness of the absorber layer is not sufficient to absorb all the transmitted photons from the window layer (CdS) and the selection of theses thin thicknesses of PbS in order to correspond with experimental implementations of these devices. Both the optical and recombination losses lead to decrease the current density by 82% (JSC=7.28mA/cm2) at thickness 0.5?m of PbS and these losses decreased to 67% (JSC=16mA/cm2) at thickness 2?m. The output power density and the cell efficiency increased with increasing the thickness of effective layer. The maximum cell efficiency of 4.13% was obtained at thickness of 2?m which is considered greater than those obtained experimentally.

H.A. Mohamed

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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of solar energy conversion be- cause they use thin films of photoactive material and can be manufactured achieving complete optical absorption and good carrier transport. A photoactive film thickness of 200 nm charge transport to allow for complete carrier extraction. To address this trade-off, absorption en

Fan, Shanhui

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CRYSTALLINE SILICON THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS FROM THE POROUS SILICON PROCESS APPLYING CONVECTION ASSISTED CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION  

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CRYSTALLINE SILICON THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS FROM THE POROUS SILICON PROCESS APPLYING CONVECTION ASSISTED CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION Barbara Terheiden,1* Thomas Kunz,2 Ingo Burkert2 , Renate Horbelt,1, D-91058 Erlangen, Germany ABSTRACT: Convection assisted chemical vapor deposition (CoCVD) is applied

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Low-temperature TiO2 Films for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells: Factors Affecting Energy Conversion Efficiency  

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Low-temperature TiO2 Films for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells: Factors Affecting Energy Conversion Efficiency ... The difference in short-circuit current is a factor of 2.2 with the Ru-based dye N719 and is 3.5 with the organic dye D5. ...

Alexander G. Agrios; Anders Hagfeldt

2008-06-18T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin Metal Oxide Films to Modify a Window Layer in CdTe-Based Solar Cells for Improved Performance  

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We report on CdS/CdTe photovoltaic devices that contain a thin Ta2O5 film deposited onto the CdS window layer by sputtering. We show that for thicknesses below 5 nm, Ta2O5 films between CdS and CdTe positively affect the solar cell performance, improving JSC, VOC, and the cell power conversion efficiency despite the insulating nature of the interlayer material. Using the Ta2O5 interlayer, a VOC gain of over 100 mV was demonstrated compared to a CdTe/CdS baseline. Application of a 1nm Ta2O5 interlayer enabled the fabrication of CdTe solar cells with extremely thin (less than 30 nm) CdS window layers. The efficiency of these cells exceeded that of a base line cell with 95 nm of CdS.

Lemmon, John P.; Polikarpov, Evgueni; Bennett, Wendy D.; Kovarik, Libor

2012-05-05T23:59:59.000Z

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Spin Coated Plasmonic Nanoparticle Interfaces for Photocurrent Enhancement in Thin Film Si Solar Cells  

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Nanoparticle (NP) arrays of noble metals strongly absorb light in the visible to infrared wavelengths through resonant interactions between the incident electromagnetic field and the metal's free electron plasma. Such plasmonic interfaces enhance light absorption and photocurrent in solar cells. We report a cost effective and scalable room temperature/pressure spin-coating route to fabricate broadband plasmonic interfaces consisting of silver NPs. The NP interface yields photocurrent enhancement (PE) in thin film silicon devices by up to 200% which is significantly greater than previously reported values. For coatings produced from Ag nanoink containing particles with average diameter of 40 nm, an optimal NP surface coverage of 7% was observed. Scanning electron microscopy of interface morphologies revealed that for low surface coverage, particles are well-separated, resulting in broadband PE. At higher surface coverage, formation of particle strings and clusters caused red-shifting of the PE peak and a narro...

Israelowitz, Miriam; Cong, Tao; Sureshkumar, Radhakrishna

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Polycrystalline thin-film cadmium telluride solar cells fabricated by electrodeposition. Annual technical report  

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During the past year, Colorado School of Mines (CSM) researchers performed systematic studies of the growth and properties of electrodeposition CdS and back-contact formation using Cu-doped ZnTe, with an emphasis on low Cu concentrations. CSM also started to explore the stability of its ZnTe-Cu contacted CdTe solar cells. Researchers investigated the electrodeposition of CdS and its application in fabricating CdTe/CdS solar cells. The experimental conditions they explored in this study were pH from 2.0 to 3.0; temperatures of 80 and 90 C; CdCl{sub 2} concentration of 0.2 M; deposition potential from {minus}550 to {minus}600 mV vs. Ag/AgCl electrode; [Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 4}] concentration between 0.005 and 0.05 M. The deposition rate increases with increase of the thiosulfate concentration and decrease of solution pH. Researchers also extended their previous research of ZnTe:Cu films by investigating films doped with low Cu concentrations (< 5 at. %). The low Cu concentration enabled them to increase the ZnTe:Cu post-annealing temperature without causing excessive Cu diffusion into CdTe or formation of secondary phases. The effects of Cu doping concentration and post-deposition annealing temperature on the structural, compositional, and electrical properties of ZnTe were studied systematically using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, electron microprobe, Hall effect, and conductivity measurements.

Trefny, J.U.; Mao, D. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States). Dept. of Physics

1998-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Plasmonic gratings for enhanced light-trapping in thin-film organic solar cells  

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We discuss optimized silver gratings to enhance absorption in organic solar cells. The enhancement is attributed to generated surface plasmon (SP) polaritons and localized SP...

Le, Khai Q; Al, Andrea

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Coating and drying processes for functional films in polymer solar cells - from laboratory to pilot scale.  

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??Polymer solar cells can be produced by a continuous low cost coating and drying process. This work details a specialized experimental set-up to enable large (more)

Wengeler, Lukas

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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Dielectric/metal/dielectric (DMD) electrodes have the potential to significantly increase the absorption efficiency and photocurrent in flexible organic solar cells. We demonstrate...

Sergeant, Nicholas P; Niesen, Bjoern; Liu, Albert S; Boman, Lee; Stoessel, Chris; Heremans, Paul; Peumans, Peter; Rand, Barry P; Fan, Shanhui

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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New strategy to promote conversion efficiency using high-index nanostructures in thin-film solar cells  

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Nano-scaled metallic or dielectric structures may provide various ways to trap light into thin-film solar cells for improving the conversion efficiency. In most schemes, the textured active layers are involved into light trapping structures that can provide perfect optical benefits but also bring undesirable degradation of electrical performance. Here we propose a novel approach to design high-performance thin-film solar cells. In our strategy, a flat active layer is adopted for avoiding electrical degradation, and an optimization algorithm is applied to seek for an optimized light trapping structure for the best optical benefit. As an example, we show that the efficiency of a flat a-Si:H thin-film solar cell can be promoted close to the certified highest value. It is also pointed out that, by choosing appropriate dielectric materials with high refractive index (>3) and high transmissivity in wavelength region of 350nm-800nm, the conversion efficiency of solar cells can be further enhanced.

Wang, DongLin

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Deposition and characterization of polycrystalline silicon films on glass for thin film solar cells  

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The authors deposit phosphorus-doped, amorphous Si by low pressure chemical vapor deposition and subsequently crystallize the films by furnace annealing at a temperature of 600 C. Optical in-situ monitoring allows one to control the crystallization process. Phosphorus doping leads to faster crystallization and a grain size enhancement with a maximum grain size of 15 {micro}m. Using transmission electron microscopy they find a log-normal grain size distribution in their films. They demonstrate that this distribution not only arises from solid phase crystallization of amorphous Si but also from other crystallization processes based on random nucleation and growth. The log-normal grain size distribution seems to be a general feature of polycrystalline semiconductors.

Bergmann, R.B.; Krinke, J.; Strunk, H.P.; Werner, J.H.

1997-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Doping profiles in CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells  

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CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells showing comparable properties as commercial cells have been prepared by close space sublimation (CSS) in our own laboratory. We characterised the cells by capacitancevoltage profiling (CV), thermal admittance spectroscopy (TAS), and thermally stimulated capacitance measurements (TSCAP). The doping profiles of the CdTe layer obtained by CV measurements confirm the well known rise in dopant concentration with increasing depth if the usual evaluation procedure is employed. However, the TAS and TSCAP measurements reveal deep acceptors in the CdTe layer with a large concentration exceeding that of the shallow dopants. Under these conditions, CV measurements are shown to yield an apparently rising dopant concentration even for homogeneous doping. A combined simulation of doping profiles measured at different temperatures using a fixed and uniform shallow and deep doping fits well to measured doping concentration. These results indicate how to get reliable information on the shallow dopant concentration.

U. Reislhner; M. Hdrich; N. Lorenz; H. Metzner; W. Witthuhn

2007-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Advances in solar cell technology  

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The advances in solar cell efficiency radiation tolerance and cost over the last decade are reviewed. Potential performance of thin?film solar cells in space are discussed and the cost and the historical trends in production capability of the photovoltaics industry considered with respect to the requirements of satellite solar power systems.

Geoffrey A. Landis; Sheila G. Bailey

1995-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Methods for forming thin-film heterojunction solar cells from I-III-VI{sub 2}  

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An improved thin-film, large area solar cell, and methods for forming the same are disclosed, having a relatively high light-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency and characterized in that the cell comprises a p-n type heterojunction formed of: (i) a first semiconductor layer comprising a photovoltaic active material selected from the class of I-III-VI{sub 2} chalcopyrite ternary materials which is vacuum deposited in a thin ``composition-graded`` layer ranging from on the order of about 2.5 microns to about 5.0 microns ({approx_equal}2.5 {mu}m to {approx_equal}5.0 {mu}m) and wherein the lower region of the photovoltaic active material preferably comprises a low resistivity region of p-type semiconductor material having a superimposed region of relatively high resistivity, transient n-type semiconductor material defining a transient p-n homojunction; and (ii) a second semiconductor layer comprising a low resistivity n-type semiconductor material; wherein interdiffusion occurs (a) between the elemental constituents of the two discrete juxtaposed regions of the first semiconductor layer defining a transient p-n homojunction layer, and (b) between the transient n-type material in the first semiconductor layer and the second n-type semiconductor layer. 16 figs.

Mickelsen, R.A.; Chen, W.S.

1985-08-13T23:59:59.000Z

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Methods for forming thin-film heterojunction solar cells from I-III-VI.sub. 2  

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An improved thin-film, large area solar cell, and methods for forming the same, having a relatively high light-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency and characterized in that the cell comprises a p-n type heterojunction formed of: (i) a first semiconductor layer comprising a photovoltaic active material selected from the class of I-III-VI.sub.2 chalcopyrite ternary materials which is vacuum deposited in a thin "composition-graded" layer ranging from on the order ot about 2.5 microns to about 5.0 microns (.congruent.2.5 .mu.m to .congruent.5.0 .mu.m) and wherein the lower region of the photovoltaic active material preferably comprises a low resistivity region of p-type semiconductor material having a superimposed region of relatively high resistivity, transient n-type semiconductor material defining a transient p-n homojunction; and (ii), a second semiconductor layer comprising a low resistivity n-type semiconductor material; wherein interdiffusion (a) between the elemental constituents of the two discrete juxtaposed regions of the first semiconductor layer defining a transient p-n homojunction layer, and (b) between the transient n-type material in the first semiconductor layer and the second n-type semiconductor layer, causes the The Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. EG-77-C-01-4042, Subcontract No. XJ-9-8021-1 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mickelsen, Reid A. (Bellevue, WA) [Bellevue, WA; Chen, Wen S. (Seattle, WA) [Seattle, WA

1985-08-13T23:59:59.000Z

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Characterization of Epitaxial Film Silicon Solar Cells Grown on Seeded Display Glass: Preprint  

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We report characterizations of epitaxial film crystal silicon (c-Si) solar cells with open-circuit voltages (Voc) above 560 mV. The 2-um absorber cells are grown by low-temperature (<750 degrees C) hot-wire CVD (HWCVD) on Corning EAGLE XG display glass coated with a layer-transferred (LT) Si seed. The high Voc is a result of low-defect epitaxial Si (epi-Si) growth and effective hydrogen passivation of defects. The quality of HWCVD epitaxial growth on seeded glass substrates depends on the crystallographic quality of the seed and the morphology of the epitaxial growth surface. Heterojunction devices consist of glass/c-Si LT seed/ epi n+ Si:P/epi n- Si:P/intrinsic a-Si:H/p+ a-Si:H/ITO. Similar devices grown on electronically 'dead' n+ wafers have given Voc {approx}630 mV and {approx}8% efficiency with no light trapping features. Here we study the effects of the seed surface polish on epi-Si quality, how hydrogenation influences the device character, and the dominant junction transport physics.

Young, D. L.; Grover, S.; Teplin, C.; Stradins, P.; LaSalvia, V.; Chuang, T. K.; Couillard, J. G.; Branz, H. M.

2012-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High Efficiency CdTe/CdS Thin Film solar Cells by a Process Suitable for Large Scale Production. N. Romeo, A. Bosio, A. Romeo, M. Bianucci, L. Bonci, C. Lenti  

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High Efficiency CdTe/CdS Thin Film solar Cells by a Process Suitable for Large Scale Production. N-mail:Nicola.Romeo@fis.unipr.it ABSTRACT: It has been demonstrated that CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells can exhibit an efficiency around 16 Film. 1 INTRODUCTION CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells have a good possibility to be produced on large

Romeo, Alessandro

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Investigation of CdS Nanowires and Planar Films for Enhanced Performance as Window Layers in CdS-CdTe Solar Cell Devices.  

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??Cadmium sulfide (CdS) and cadmium telluride (CdTe) are two leading semiconductor materials used in the fabrication of thin film solar cells of relatively high power (more)

Chen, Jianhao

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Ames Lab 101: Improving Solar Cell Efficiency  

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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.

Biswas, Rana

2012-08-29T23:59:59.000Z

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Ames Lab 101: Improving Solar Cell Efficiency  

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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.

Biswas, Rana

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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ITO, Si3N4 and ZnO: Al -- Simulation of Different Anti-reflection Coatings (ARC) for Thin Film a-Si:H Solar Cells  

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For thin film solar cells incorporating amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) as absorber materials, minimizing reflection from the top surface i.e. maximizing transmittance of the incoming light into the absorber for higher absorption plays an important role for ... Keywords: ARC, TCO, ITO, Si3N4, ZnO:Al, Solar cell

Kazi Islam; Aaesha Alnuaimi; Helmy Ally; Ammar Nayfeh

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

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

Thirumalai, Devarajan

138

Molybdenum Nitride Films in the Back Contact Structure of Flexible Substrate CdTe Solar Cells.  

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??CdTe solar cells in the superstrate configuration have achieved record efficiencies of 16% but those in the substrate configuration have reached efficiencies of only 7.8%. (more)

Guntur, Vasudha

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Barrier Coatings for Thin Film Solar Cells: Final Subcontract Report, September 1, 2002 -- January 30, 2008  

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This program has involved investigations of the stability of CdTe and copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) solar cells under damp heat conditions and effects of barrier coatings.

Olsen, L. C.

2010-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

140

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

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CuIn(Se,S) 2 solar cell with a PCE of 11.1% under dark andpower conversion efficiency (PCE) of around 20% among thinAchievement of such high PCE can be largely ascribed to the

Chung, Choong-Heui

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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141

Light trapping in thin film solar cells using textured photonic crystal  

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A solar cell includes a photoactive region that receives light. A photonic crystal is coupled to the photoactive region, wherein the photonic crystal comprises a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) for trapping the light.

Yi, Yasha (Somerville, MA); Kimerling, Lionel C. (Concord, MA); Duan, Xiaoman (Amesbury, MA); Zeng, Lirong (Cambridge, MA)

2009-01-27T23:59:59.000Z

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Hydrogenated TiO{sub 2} film for enhancing photovoltaic properties of solar cells and self-sensitized effect  

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Hydrogenated TiO{sub 2} film was obtained by annealing TiO{sub 2} film at 350?C for 2?h with hydrogen, and TiO{sub 2} films were prepared by screen printing on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass. Structural characterization by X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy did not show obvious difference between hydrogenated TiO{sub 2} film and pristine TiO{sub 2} film. Through optical and electrochemical characterization, the hydrogenated TiO{sub 2} film showed enhanced absorption and narrowed band gap, as well as reduced TiO{sub 2} surface impedance and dark current. As a result, an obviously enhanced photovoltaic effect was observed in the solar cell with hydrogenated TiO{sub 2} as photoanode without adding any dye due to the self-sensitized effect of hydrogenated TiO{sub 2} film, which excited electrons injecting internal conduction band of TiO{sub 2} to generate more photocurrent.

He, Hongcai; Yang, Kui; Wang, Ning, E-mail: ning-wang@uestc.edu.cn; Luo, Feifei; Chen, Haijun [State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices and School of Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China)

2013-12-07T23:59:59.000Z

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Highly oriented polycrystalline Cu{sub 2}O film formation using RF magnetron sputtering deposition for solar cells  

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Room temperature sputtering deposition and re-crystallization of the deposited thin films by rapid thermal annealing have been evaluating in detail as a formation method of Cu{sub 2}O active layer for solar cells, which minimize thermal budget in fabrication processes. Single phase polycrystalline Cu{sub 2}O films were obtained by a magnetron rf sputtering deposition and its crystallinity and electrical characteristics were controlled by the annealing. Hall mobility was improved up to 17 cm{sup 2}V{sup ?1}s{sup ?1} by the annealing at 600C for 30s. Since this value was smaller than 47 cm{sup 2}V{sup ?1}s{sup ?1} of the film deposited under thermal equilibrium state using pulsed laser deposition at 600C, some contrivances were necessary to compensate the deficiency. It was understood that the sputter-deposited Cu{sub 2}O films on (111)-oriented Pt films were strongly oriented to (111) face also by the self-assembly and the crystallinity was improved by the annealing preserving its orientation. The sputter-deposited film quality was expected to become equivalent to the pulsed laser deposition film from the results of X-ray diffractometry and photoluminescence.

Noda, S.; Shima, H.; Akinaga, H. [Nanoelectronics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Central 2, Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan)

2014-02-20T23:59:59.000Z

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Excitonic Solar Cells  

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Excitonic Solar Cells ... Existing types of solar cells may be divided into two distinct classes:? conventional solar cells, such as silicon p?n junctions, and excitonic solar cells, XSCs. ... Most organic-based solar cells, including dye-sensitized solar cells, DSSCs, fall into the category of XSCs. ...

Brian A. Gregg

2003-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Electrodeposition of Antimony Selenide Thin Films and Application in Semiconductor Sensitized Solar Cells  

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The currentvoltage characteristic of the cells were measured using a xenon arc lamp simulator (Sun 2000, ABET Technologies) with an AM 1.5 G spectral filter, and the intensity was adjusted to provide 1 sun (100 mW/cm2) using a calibrated silicon solar cell. ... In selenosulfate electrolyte, the cathodic current detected for V production of Se2 by means of SeSO32 + 2 e = Se2 + SO2. ... Indeed, the Jsc is similar to values reported for the state of the art of the inorganic semiconductor sensitized solar cells based on liquid(36) and organic(7) hole conductors. ...

T. Tuyen Ngo; Sudam Chavhan; Ivet Kosta; Oscar Miguel; Hans-Jurgen Grande; Ramn Tena-Zaera

2014-01-17T23:59:59.000Z

146

Light Management Toward Efficient Organic Solar Cells  

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Light management methods for organic solar cells (OSCs) are presented: (i) thin-film optic method utilizing the inherent asymmetry of semitransparent OSCs; (ii) V-groove-based...

Yoo, Seunghyup; Han, Donggeon; Kim, Hoyeon; Cho, Changsoon; Lee, Jung-Yong

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Improvement of CIGS thin-film solar cell performance by optimization of Zn(O,S) buffer layer parameters  

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The effects of Zn(O,S) buffer layer parameters on CuInGaSe (CIGS) cell performance are investigated using a physically based solar cell model. The key issue for CIGS solar cells is to remove destructive effec...

Samaneh Sharbati; Sayyed Hossein Keshmiri; J. Tyler McGoffin

2014-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Effect of Ag doping on opto-electrical properties of CdS thin films for solar cell applications  

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Abstract Cadmium sulfide (CdS) polycrystalline thin films of different thicknesses (ranging from 370nm to 750nm) were fabricated on corning glass substrates using Close Spaced Sublimation (CSS) technique. Optical and electrical investigation revealed that CdS thin films show an appreciable transparency (5070% transmission) in visible range and a highly resistive behavior (106?cm). Samples were doped by silver (Ag) at different concentrations, using ion exchange technique, in order to reduce the resistivity of CdS thin films and to improve their efficiency as a window layer for solar cell application. The doping of Ag in pure CdS thin films resulted into an increase of surface roughness and a decrease both in electrical resistivity and in transparency. By optimizing annealing parameters, we were able to properly control the optical properties of the present system. In fact, the Ag doping of pure CdS films has led to a decrease of the sample resistivity by three orders of magnitude (103?cm) against a 20% cut in optical transmission.

Adnan Nazir; Andrea Toma; Nazar Abbas Shah; Simone Panaro; Sajid Butt; Rizwan ur Rehman Sagar; Waseem Raja; Kamran Rasool; Asghari Maqsood

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Absorber processing issues in high-efficiency, thin-film Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2}-based solar cells  

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Three approaches to thin-film Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} absorber fabrication are considered. They are generically described in terms of the sequential or concurrent nature of source material delivery, selenium delivery, and compound formation. A two-stage evaporation process successfully produced the absorber component of a world-record, 17.1{percent} efficient solar cell. Alternative approaches that reduce the requirements for high substrate temperatures are considered. The relationship between absorber process parameters, band gap profile, and device performance are examined. Engineering the [Ga]/([Ga]+[In]) profile in the absorber has led to the reported advances. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

Tuttle, J.R.; Gabor, A.M.; Contreras, M.A.; Tennant, A.L.; Ramanathan, K.R.; Franz, A.; Matson, R.; Noufi, R. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Simulation of nanostructure-based and ultra-thin film solar cell devices beyond the classical picture  

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In this paper, an optoelectronic device simulation framework valid for arbitrary spatial variation of electronic potentials and optical modes, and for transport regimes ranging from ballistic to diffusive, is used to study non-local photon absorption, photocurrent generation and carrier extraction in ultra-thin film and nanostructure-based solar cell devices at the radiative limit. Among the effects that are revealed by the microscopic approach and which are inaccessible to macroscopic models is the impact of structure, doping or bias induced nanoscale potential variations on the local photogeneration rate and the photocarrier transport regime.

Aeberhard, Urs

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

151

Polymer and organic solar cells viewed as thin film technologies: What it will take for them to become a success outside academia  

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Abstract The polymer and organic solar cell technology is critically presented in the context of other thin film technologies with a specific focus on what it will take to make them a commercial success. The academic success of polymer and organic solar cells far outweigh any other solar cell technology when judging by the number of scientific publications whereas the application of polymer and organic solar cells in real products is completely lacking. This aspect is viewed as a sign of the polymer and organic solar cell field as being more complex and less mature and it raises the question of whether an organic analog to a successful inorganic technology is forcibly needed and indeed whether it is at all worth exploring beyond academia.

Frederik C. Krebs; Mikkel Jrgensen

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Towards high efficiency thin-film crystalline silicon solar cells: The roles of light trapping and non-radiative recombinations  

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Thin-film solar cells based on silicon have emerged as an alternative to standard thick wafers technology, but they are less efficient, because of incomplete absorption of sunlight, and non-radiative recombinations. In this paper, we focus on the case of crystalline silicon (c-Si) devices, and we present a full analytic electro-optical model for p-n junction solar cells with Lambertian light trapping. This model is validated against numerical solutions of the drift-diffusion equations. We use this model to investigate the interplay between light trapping, and bulk and surface recombination. Special attention is paid to surface recombination processes, which become more important in thinner devices. These effects are further amplified due to the textures required for light trapping, which lead to increased surface area. We show that c-Si solar cells with thickness of a few microns can overcome 20% efficiency and outperform bulk ones when light trapping is implemented. The optimal device thickness in presence of light trapping, bulk and surface recombination, is quantified to be in the range of 1080??m, depending on the bulk quality. These results hold, provided the effective surface recombination is kept below a critical level of the order of 100?cm/s. We discuss the possibility of meeting this requirement, in the context of state-of-the-art techniques for light trapping and surface passivation. We show that our predictions are within the capability of present day silicon technologies.

Bozzola, A., E-mail: angelo.bozzola@unipv.it; Kowalczewski, P.; Andreani, L. C. [Physics Department, University of Pavia and CNISM, via Bassi 6, I-27100 Pavia (Italy)

2014-03-07T23:59:59.000Z

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Photoelectrochemical solar cells  

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Photoelectrochemical solar cells ... Plastic Solar Cells: A Multidisciplinary Field To Construct Chemical Concepts from Current Research ... Plastic Solar Cells: A Multidisciplinary Field To Construct Chemical Concepts from Current Research ...

John T. McDevitt

1984-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Nanocrystal Solar Cells  

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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

Gur, Ilan

2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Nanocrystal Solar Cells  

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inorganic nanocrystal solar cells 5.1 Introduction In recentoperation of organic based solar cells and distinguish themThe organic donor-acceptor solar cell relies on a type II

Gur, Ilan

2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Definition: Solar cell | Open Energy Information  

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Solar cell Solar cell (Redirected from Definition:PV cell) Jump to: navigation, search Dictionary.png Solar cell Converts light into electrical energy. Traditional solar cells are made from silicon; second-generation solar cells (thin-film solar cells) are made from amorphous silicon or nonsilicon materials such as cadmium telluride; and third-generation solar cells are being made from variety of new materials, including solar inks, solar dyes, and conductive plastics.[1][2] View on Wikipedia Wikipedia Definition A solar cell (also called a photovoltaic cell) is an electrical device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect. It is a form of photoelectric cell (in that its electrical characteristics-e.g. current, voltage, or resistance-vary

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Technology of preparing anode films and the effect of co-sensitization in dye-sensitized solar cells  

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In recent years, with the increasing development of science and technology, solar cells have become a hot study. Especially,...-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have attracted much attention for...-cost and flexibl...

Jingchang Zhang; Zhenhai Fu; qian lv

2012-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

158

Decohesion Kinetics in Polymer Organic Solar Cells  

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Decohesion Kinetics in Polymer Organic Solar Cells ... We investigate the role of molecular weight (MW) of the photoactive polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) on the temperature-dependent decohesion kinetics of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs). ... fullerenes; solar cells; thin films; fracture; polymer ...

Christopher Bruner; Fernando Novoa; Stephanie Dupont; Reinhold Dauskardt

2014-11-04T23:59:59.000Z

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Processing and modeling issues for thin-film solar cell devices. Annual subcontract report, January 16, 1994--January 15, 1995  

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This report describes results achieved during the second phase of a four year subcontract to develop and understand thin film solar cell technology related to a-Si and its alloys, CuIn{sub 1{minus}x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2}, and CdTe. Accomplishments during this phase include, development of equations and reaction rates for the formation of CuIn{sub 1{minus}x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} films by selenization, fabrication of a 15% efficient CuIn{sub 1{minus}x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} cell, development of a reproducible, reliable Cu-diffused contact to CdTe, investigation of the role of CdTe-CdS interdiffusion on device operation, investigation of the substitution of HCl for CdCl{sub 2} in the post-deposition heat treatment of CdTe/CdS, demonstration of an improved reactor design for deposition of a-Si films, demonstration of improved process control in the fabrication of a ten set series of runs producing {approximately}8% efficient a-Si devices, demonstration of the utility of a simplified optical model for determining quantity and effect of current generation in each layer of a triple stacked a-Si cell, presentation of analytical and modeling procedures adapted to devices produced with each material system, presentation of baseline parameters for devices produced with each material system, and various investigations of the roles played by other layers in thin film devices including the Mo underlayer, CdS and ZnO in CuIn{sub 1{minus}x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} devices, the CdS in CdTe devices, and the ZnO as window layer and as part of the back surface reflector in a-Si devices. In addition, collaborations with over ten research groups are briefly described. 73 refs., 54 figs., 34 tabs.

Birkmire, R.W.; Phillips, J.E.; Buchanan, W.A.; Hegedus, S.S.; McCandless, B.E.; Shafarman, W.N. [Delaware Univ., Newark, DE (United States). Inst. of Energy Conversion

1995-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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....................................................................................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

Kassegne, Samuel Kinde

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

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

Sites, James R.

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In-depth analysis of CIGS film for solar cells, structural and optical characterization  

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Space-resolved X-ray diffraction measurements performed on gradient-etched CuIn$_{1-x}$Ga$_x$Se$_2$ (CIGS) solar cells provide information about stress and texture depth profiles in the absorber layer. An important parameter for CIGS layer growth dynamics, the absorber thickness-dependent stress in the molybdenum back contact is analyzed. Texturing of grains and quality of the polycrystalline absorber layer are correlated with the intentional composition gradients (band gap grading). Band gap gradient is determined by space-resolved photoluminescence measurements and correlated with composition and strain profiles.

Slobodskyy, A; ~Ulyanenkova, T; ~Doyle, S; Powalla, M; ~Baumbach, T; ~Lemmer, U

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin Film Solar Technologies | Open Energy Information  

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Jump to: navigation, search Name: Thin Film Solar Technologies Place: South Africa Product: Producers of thin-film copper, indium, gallium, sulphur, selenium modules....

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CuIn1-xGaxS2 thin film solar cells with ZnxCd1-xS as heterojunction partner Bhaskar Kumar  

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CuIn1-xGaxS2 thin film solar cells with ZnxCd1-xS as heterojunction partner Bhaskar Kumar 1 , Parag). i:ZnO/Al:ZnO transparent and conducting window bilayer was deposited by RF magnetron sputtering

Sites, James R.

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Research on high-efficiency, single-junction, monolithic, thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells: Annual subcontract report, May 1985 - Jul 1986  

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A study was undertaken of the optoelectronic properties of amorphous silicon-hydrogen thin films deposited from disilane at high deposition rates. The information derived from this study was used to fabricate amorphous silicon solar cells with efficiencies exceeding 7%. The intrinsic layer of these solar cells was deposited at 15 angstroms/second. Material properties investigated included dark conductivity, photoconductivity, minority carrier diffusion length, and density of states. The solar cells properties characterized were absolute quantum yield and simulated global AM 1.5 efficiencies. Investigations were undertaken utilizing optical and infrared spectroscopy to optimize the microstructures of the intrinsic amorphous silicon. That work was sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The information was used to optimize the intrinsic layer of amorphous silicon solar cells, resulting in AM 1.5 efficiencies exceeding 7%.

Wiesmann, H.; Dolan, J.; Fricano, G.; Danginis, V.

1987-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High Volume Manufacturing of Silicon-Film Solar Cells and Modules; Final Subcontract Report, 26 February 2003 - 30 September 2003  

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The objective of the PV Manufacturing R&D subcontract was to continue to improve AstroPower's technology for manufacturing Silicon-Film* wafers, solar cells, and modules to reduce costs, and increase production yield, throughput, and capacity. As part of the effort, new technology such as the continuous back metallization screen-printing system and the laser scribing system were developed and implemented. Existing processes, such as the silicon nitride antireflection coating system and the fire-through process were optimized. Improvements were made to the statistical process control (SPC) systems of the major manufacturing processes: feedstock preparation, wafer growth, surface etch, diffusion, and the antireflection coating process. These process improvements and improved process control have led to an increase of 5% relative power, and nearly 15% relative improvement in mechanical and visual yield.

Rand, J. A.; Culik, J. S.

2005-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

167

Definition: Solar cell | Open Energy Information  

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cell cell Jump to: navigation, search Dictionary.png Solar cell Converts light into electrical energy. Traditional solar cells are made from silicon; second-generation solar cells (thin-film solar cells) are made from amorphous silicon or nonsilicon materials such as cadmium telluride; and third-generation solar cells are being made from variety of new materials, including solar inks, solar dyes, and conductive plastics.[1][2] View on Wikipedia Wikipedia Definition A solar cell (also called a photovoltaic cell) is an electrical device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect. It is a form of photoelectric cell (in that its electrical characteristics-e.g. current, voltage, or resistance-vary when light is incident upon it) which, when exposed to light, can generate

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New Materials of Co-Doped ZnO for LEDs and Thin Films Solar Cells  

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Zr-Al co-doped ZnO were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering on glass substrates. Microstructure, optoelectrical properties of the films were investigated. The films with resistivity...

Yuan, Yuzhen; Wang, Hui

169

Thin-film solar cells: review of materials, technologies and commercial status  

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As apparent from Table1..., showing the production volume for different manufacturers of these thin-film technologies over the past 3years, rapidly-growing ... are also increasing rapidly, the thin-film technologies

Martin A. Green

2007-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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(Sr,Ba)(Si,Ge){sub 2} for thin-film solar-cell applications: First-principles study  

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In order to meet the increasing demand for electric power generation from solar energy conversion, the development of efficient light absorber materials has been awaited. To this end, the electronic and optical properties of advanced alkaline-earth-metals disilicides and digermanides (SrSi{sub 2}, BaSi{sub 2}, SrGe{sub 2}, and BaGe{sub 2}) are studied by means of the density functional theory using HSE06 exchange-correlation energy functional. Our calculations show that all these orthorhombic structured compounds have fundamental indirect band gaps in the range E{sub g} ? 0.891.25 eV, which is suitable for solar cell applications. The estimated lattice parameters and band gaps are in good agreement with experiments. Our calculations show that the electronic band structures of all four compounds are very similar except in the vicinity of the ?-point. The valence band of these compounds is made up by Si(Ge)-p states, whereas the conduction band is composed of Sr(Ba)-d states. Their band alignments are carefully determined by estimating the work function of each compound using slab model. The optical properties are discussed in terms of the complex dielectric function ?(?)?=??{sub 1}(?)?+?i?{sub 2}(?). The static and high-frequency dielectric constants are calculated, taking into account the ionic contribution. The absorption coefficient ?(?) demonstrates that a low energy dispersion of the conduction band, which results in a flat conduction band minimum, leads to large optical activity in these compounds. Therefore, alkaline-earth-metals disilicides and digermanides possess great potential as light absorbers for applications in thin-film solar cell technologies.

Kumar, Mukesh, E-mail: Kumar.Mukesh@nims.go.jp, E-mail: mkgarg79@gmail.com [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Umezawa, Naoto [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), 4-1-8 Honcho Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); TU-NIMS Joint Research Center, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, 92 Weijin Road, Nankai District, Tianjin (China); Imai, Motoharu [Superconducting Properties Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)

2014-05-28T23:59:59.000Z

171

Thin film solar energy collector  

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A multi-layer solar energy collector of improved stability comprising: (1) a substrate of quartz, silicate glass, stainless steel or aluminum-containing ferritic alloy; (2) a solar absorptive layer comprising silver, copper oxide, rhodium/rhodium oxide and 0-15% by weight of platinum; (3) an interlayer comprising silver or silver/platinum; and (4) an optional external anti-reflective coating, plus a method for preparing a thermally stable multi-layered solar collector, in which the absorptive layer is undercoated with a thin film of silver or silver/platinum to obtain an improved conductor-dielectric tandem.

Aykan, Kamran (Monmouth Beach, NJ); Farrauto, Robert J. (Westfield, NJ); Jefferson, Clinton F. (Millburn, NJ); Lanam, Richard D. (Westfield, NJ)

1983-11-22T23:59:59.000Z

172

Formation of solar cells based on Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BST) ferroelectric thick film  

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Growth of Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BST) 1 M thick films are conducted with variation of annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, 22 hours, and 29 hours at a constant temperature of 850 C on p-type Si (100) substrate using sol-gel method then followed by spin coating process at 3000 rpm for 30 seconds. The BST thick film electrical conductivity is obtained to be 10{sup ?5} to 10{sup ?4} S/cm indicate that the BST thick film is classified as semiconductor material. The semiconductor energy band gap value of BST thick film based on annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, 22 hours, and 29 hours are 2.58 eV, 3.15 eV, 3.2 eV and 2.62 eV, respectively. The I-V photovoltaic characterization shows that the BST thick film is potentially solar cell device, and in accordance to annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, 22 hours and 29 hours have respective solar cell energy conversion efficiencies of 0.343%, 0.399%, 0.469% and 0.374%, respectively. Optical spectroscopy shows that BST thick film solar cells with annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, and 22 hours absorb effectively light energy at wavelength of ? 700 nm. BST film samples with annealing hold time of 29 hours absorb effectively light energy at wavelength of ? 700 nm. The BST thick film refraction index is between 1.1 to 1.8 at light wavelength between 370 to 870 nm.

Irzaman,, E-mail: irzaman@yahoo.com; Syafutra, H., E-mail: irzaman@yahoo.com; Arif, A., E-mail: irzaman@yahoo.com; Alatas, H., E-mail: irzaman@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, FMIPA Bogor Agricultural Unversity, Campus Darmaga Gedung Wing S Bogor (Indonesia); Hilaluddin, M. N.; Kurniawan, A.; Iskandar, J.; Dahrul, M.; Ismangil, A.; Yosman, D.; Aminullah [Department of Biophysics, FMIPA Bogor Agricultural Unversity (Indonesia); Prasetyo, L. B. [Department of Forest Resources Conservation, FAHUTAN, Bogor Agricultural Unversity, Campus Darmaga Bogor (Indonesia); Yusuf, A.; Kadri, T. M. [LAPAN Rancabungur Ciampea Bogor (Indonesia)

2014-02-24T23:59:59.000Z

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The effect of impurities on the doping and VOC of CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells  

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The effect of introducing impurities in CdTe, namely antimony (Sb) and oxygen (O), on the net carrier concentration in CdS/CdTe solar cells and on their open-circuit voltage (VOC) has been investigated. Oxygen was introduced in the CdTe films during the deposition of this layer by the close-spaced sublimation process. The total pressure was held constant at 1330Pa (N2 and O2). The amount of oxygen was varied by varying its partial pressure. Antimony was introduced into CdTe using a post-deposition diffusion process. Following the deposition of CdTe a thin film (a few nm) of Sb was deposited onto the CdTe surface and subsequently heat-treated to cause in-diffusion of Sb. The temperature and time during the diffusion process were varied in the range of 300525C and 20160min respectively. In both instances it was possible to vary (increase) the doping concentration in CdTe. The increase in doping was accompanied by an increase in VOC. However, in all instances the doping in CdTe reached a maximum value, beyond which further increases were not possible leading to saturation in VOC. The highest VOC measured was similar to state-of-the-art values in the range of 800830mV, and the highest doping concentration measured was in the 1016cm?3 range.

H. Zhao; Alvi Farah; D. Morel; C.S. Ferekides

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

174

Solar cells  

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Organic photosensitive optoelectronic devices are disclosed. The devises are thin-film crystalline organic optoelectronic devices capable of generating a voltage when exposed to light, and prepared by a method including the steps of: depositing a first organic layer over a first electrode; depositing a second organic layer over the first organic layer; depositing a confining layer over the second organic layer to form a stack; annealing the stack; and finally depositing a second electrode over the second organic layer.

Peumans, Peter; Uchida, Soichi; Forrest, Stephen R.

2013-06-18T23:59:59.000Z

175

Plasmonic Nanostructure Design for Efficient Light Coupling into Solar Cells  

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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

Atwater, Harry

176

Development of high-efficiency, thin-film CdTe solar cells. Final subcontract report, 1 February 1992--30 November 1995  

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This report describes work performed by the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) to bring the polycrystalline CdTe cell efficiency a step closer to the practically achievable efficiency of 18% through fundamental understanding of detects and loss mechanisms, the role of chemical and heat treatments, and investigation of now process techniques. The objective was addressed by a combination of in-depth characterization, modeling, materials growth, device fabrication, and `transport analyses of Au/Cu/CdTe/CdS/SnO {sub 2} glass front-wall heterojunction solar cells. GiT attempted to understand the loss mechanism(s) in each layer and interface by a step-by-step investigation of this multilayer cell structure. The first step was to understand, quantify, and reduce the reflectance and photocurrent loss in polycrystalline CdTe solar calls. The second step involved the investigation of detects and loss mechanisms associated with the CdTe layer and the CdTe/CdS interface. The third stop was to investigate the effect of chemical and heat treatments on CdTe films and cells. The fourth step was to achieve a better and reliable contact to CdTe solar cells by improving the fundamental understanding. Of the effects of Cu on cell efficiency. Finally, the research involved the investigation of the effect of crystallinity and grain boundaries on Cu incorporation in the CdTe films, including the fabrication of CdTe solar calls with larger CdTe grain size.

Rohatgi, A.; Chou, H.C.; Kamra, S.; Bhat, A. [Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, GA (United States)

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

177

Advanced Light-Trapping in Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells  

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Light-trapping schemes are essential for high efficiency thin-film Silicon devices. Implementation of various light-trapping/scattering elements will be discussed. An optimum textured...

Wyrsch, Nicolas

178

Design, fabrication and optical characterization of photonic crystal assisted thin film monocrystalline-silicon solar cells  

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In this paper, we present the integration of an absorbing photonic crystal within a monocrystalline silicon thin film photovoltaic stack fabricated without epitaxy. Finite difference...

Meng, Xianqin; Depauw, Valrie; Gomard, Guillaume; El Daif, Ounsi; Trompoukis, Christos; Drouard, Emmanuel; Jamois, Ccile; Fave, Alain; Dross, Frdric; Gordon, Ivan; Seassal, Christian

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

179

Alta Devices Develops World Record Setting Thin-Film Solar Cell  

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EERE supported the development of Alta Devices' thin film Gallium Arsenide photovoltaic technology that set a world record for conversion efficiency.

180

Semitransparent organic solar cells  

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The organic solar cell technology has attracted great interests due to ... low cost solution process capability. Bulk heterojunction organic solar cells offer a potentially much cheaper alternative way to harness...

Furong Zhu

2014-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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181

High Efficiency CdTe and CIGS Thin Film Solar Cells: Highlights...  

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Technologies, NYCA MiaSole, CA HelioVolt, Tx Solyndra, CA SoloPower, CA Wurth Solar, Germany SULFURCELL, Germany CIS Solartechnik, Germany Solarion, Germany Solibro, Sweden...

182

Designing Randomness - The Impact of Textured Surfaces on the Efficiency of Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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We analyze experimentally and theoretically light localization at randomly textured ZnO surfaces and light absorption in thin-film amorphous Si deposited conformal on it. Guidance is...

Beckers, Thomas; Bittkau, Karsten; Carius, Reinhard; Fahr, Stephan; Rockstuhl, Carsten; Lederer, Falk

183

Optimization-based design of surface textures for thin-film Si solar cells  

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We numerically investigate the light-absorption behavior of thin-film silicon for normal-incident light, using surface textures to enhance absorption. We consider a variety of texture designs, such as simple periodic ...

Sheng, Xing

184

Technology of Amorphous Silicon Thin Films for Solar Cells and Applications to Power Systems  

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Preliminary attempts have been made to grow non-hydrogenated a-Si films by evaporation in an ordinary vacuum system (ultimate pressure 10?6 Toor) fitted with a six-hearth electron gun and a substrate heater. This...

D. Girginoudi; A. Thanailakis; P. Abarian

1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

185

Development of high efficieny CdTe thin-film solar cell.  

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??CdTe films were deposited by sputtering technique and were then carried out by CdCl2 treatment. The SEM micrographs show that the grain sizes of the (more)

Huang, Yein-rein

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

186

Development of CdTe thin film solar cells on flexible foil substrates.  

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??Cadmium telluride (CdTe) is a leading thin film photovoltaic (PV) material due to its near ideal band gap of 1.45 eV, its high optical absorption (more)

Hodges, Deidra Ranel

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

187

CdTe/CdS Thin Film Solar Cells Fabricated on Flexible Substrates.  

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??Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) is a leading thin film photovoltaic (PV) material due to its near ideal bandgap of 1.45 eV and its high optical absorption (more)

Palekis, Vasilios

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

188

Facile method for synthesis of TiO{sub 2} film and its application in high efficiency dye sensitized-solar cell (DSSC)  

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Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) is a device which converts a solar energy to electrical energy. Different with semiconductor thin film based solar cell, DSSC utilize the sensitized-dye to absorb the photon and semiconductor such as titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) and zinc oxide (ZnO) as a working electrode photoanode. In this report, the preparation of TiO{sub 2} film using a facile method of spray deposition and its application in DSSC have been presented. TiO{sub 2} photoanode was synthesized by growing the droplet of titanium tetraisopropoxide diluted in acid solution on the substrate of conductive glass flourine-doped tin oxide (FTO) with variation of precursor volume. DSSC was assemblied by sandwiching both of photoanode electrode and platinum counter electrode subsequently filling the area between these electrodes with triodine/iodine electrolite solution as redox pairs. The characterization of the as prepared DSSC using solar simulator (AM 1.5G, 100 mW/cm{sup 2}) and I-V source meter Keithley 2400 showed that the performance of DSSC was affected by the precursor volume.. The overall conversion efficiency of DSSC using the optimum TiO{sub 2} film was about 1.97% with the open circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) of 0.73 V, short circuit current density (J{sub sc}) of 4.61 mA and fill factor (FF) of 0.58.

Widiyandari, Hendri, E-mail: h.widiyandari@undip.ac.id; Gunawan, S. K.V.; Suseno, Jatmiko Endro [Department of Physics, Diponegoro University, Jl. Prof. H. Soedarto SH, Semarang, Central Java 50275 (Indonesia); Purwanto, Agus [Department of Chemical Engineering, Sebelas Maret University, Jl. Ir. Sutami No. 36 A, Surakarta (Indonesia); Diharjo, Kuncoro [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sebelas Maret University, Jl. Ir. Sutami No. 36 A, Surakarta (Indonesia)

2014-02-24T23:59:59.000Z

189

Tuning of Plasmonic Nanoparticles for Enhancing Solar Cell Efficiency  

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Plasmonic nanoparticles based thin film solar cells plays a crucial role in designing the current breed of third generation solar cells. To decrease the material cost for economic viability without compromising o...

Somik Chakravarty; Lingeswaran Arunagiri

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

190

Optical and electrical properties study of sol-gel derived Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} thin films for solar cells  

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The fabrication of environmental-friendly Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) thin films with pure kesterite phase is always a challenge to researchers in the field of solar cells. We introduce a simple non-vacuum sol-gel method to fabricate kesterite CZTS films. Ethylenediamine is used as the chelating agent and stabilizer and plays an important role in preparing stable precursor. X-ray diffraction, Raman and scanning electron microscopy studies suggest that the microstructure and optical properties of CZTS films depend strongly on annealing temperatures. The temperature dependence of conductivity of 500?C annealed CZTS film shows that the Mott law dominates in the low temperature region and thermionic emission is predominant at high temperatures.

Guo, B. L.; Liu, X. J.; Li, A. D., E-mail: wcliu@nju.edu.cn, E-mail: adli@nju.edu.cn [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Chen, Y. H. [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Photovoltaic Engineering Center, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Liu, W. C., E-mail: wcliu@nju.edu.cn, E-mail: adli@nju.edu.cn [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Photovoltaic Engineering Center, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

2014-09-15T23:59:59.000Z

191

Semiconductor Nanocrystals as Luminescent Down-Shifting Layers To Enhance the Efficiency of Thin-Film CdTe/CdS and Crystalline Si Solar Cells  

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A commonly used thin-film CdTe/CdS solar cell is transparent to photons with energies below the bandgap energy, and an additional portion of sunlight is lost because of absorption of high-energy UV photons in the CdS buffer layer. ... Wu, S.; Dou, J.; Zhang, J.; Zhang, S.A Simple and Economical One-Pot Method to Synthesize High-Quality Water Soluble CdTe QDs J. Mater. ...

Sergii Kalytchuk; Shuchi Gupta; Olga Zhovtiuk; Aleksandar Vaneski; Stephen V. Kershaw; Huiying Fu; Zhiyong Fan; Eric C. H. Kwok; Chiou-Fu Wang; Wey Yang Teoh; Andrey L. Rogach

2014-01-17T23:59:59.000Z

192

Application of lasers in solar cell technologies  

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The possibilities for applying lasers to the fabrication of solar cells (the laser texturing of silicon surfaces and pulsed laser deposition of indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films) are demonstrated.

D. A. Zuev; A. A. Lotin; O. A. Novodvorsky

2012-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

193

Enhanced Photon Recycling in Multijunction Solar Cells  

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a nd J .A. R ogers, " Device A rchitectures f or E nhanced Photon Recycling in Thin---Film MulQjuncQon Solar Cells." Adv. Energy M ater. (2014). DOI: 1 0.1002aenm.201400919...

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

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Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 88 (2005) 65­73 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

Anderson, Timothy J.

195

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

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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

Park, Byungwoo

196

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,...

197

Plastic Schottky-barrier solar cells  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

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

1981-12-30T23:59:59.000Z

198

Morphology-dependent light trapping in thin-film organic solar cells  

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The active layer materials used in organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells often self-assemble into highly ordered morphologies, resulting in significant optical anisotropies. However, the...

Grote, Richard R; Brown, Steven J; Driscoll, Jeffrey B; Osgood, Richard M; Schuller, Jon A

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

199

Cascade Organic Solar Cells  

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Cascade Organic Solar Cells ... Multiple factors control the efficiency of organic solar cells, making it difficult to use single donor or acceptor materials to balance the, often opposing, material properties required to optimize device performance. ... We demonstrate planar organic solar cells consisting of a series of complementary donor materials with cascading exciton energies, incorporated in the following structure: glass/indium-tin-oxide/donor cascade/C60/bathocuproine/Al. ...

Cody W. Schlenker; Vincent S. Barlier; Stephanie W. Chin; Matthew T. Whited; R. Eric McAnally; Stephen R. Forrest; Mark E. Thompson

2011-09-02T23:59:59.000Z

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Heterojunction solar cell  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

Olson, J.M.

1994-08-30T23:59:59.000Z

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201

A chlorophyll solar cell  

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A simple chlorophyll solar cell has been designed built and tested. A voltage output versus time curve has also been obtained. (AIP)

J. Christopher Ludlow

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

202

Quantum Junction Solar Cells  

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Quantum Junction Solar Cells ... Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, 10 Kings College Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G4, Canada ...

Jiang Tang; Huan Liu; David Zhitomirsky; Sjoerd Hoogland; Xihua Wang; Melissa Furukawa; Larissa Levina; Edward H. Sargent

2012-08-10T23:59:59.000Z

203

Enhancement of current collection in epitaxial lift-off InAs/GaAs quantum dot thin film solar cell and concentrated photovoltaic study  

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We report the fabrication of a thin film InAs/GaAs quantum dot solar cell (QD cell) by applying epitaxial lift-off (ELO) approach to the GaAs substrate. We confirmed significant current collection enhancement (?0.91?mA/cm{sup 2}) in the ELO-InAs QD cell within the wavelength range of 700?nm900?nm when compared to the ELO-GaAs control cell. This is almost six times of the sub-GaAs bandgap current collection (?0.16?mA/cm{sup 2}) from the wavelength range of 900?nm and beyond, we also confirmed the ELO induced resonance cavity effect was able to increase the solar cell efficiency by increasing both the short circuit current and open voltage. The electric field intensity of the resonance cavity formed in the ELO film between the Au back reflector and the GaAs front contact layer was analyzed in detail by finite-differential time-domain (FDTD) simulation. We found that the calculated current collection enhancement within the wavelength range of 700?nm900?nm was strongly influenced by the size and shape of InAs QD. In addition, we performed concentrated light photovoltaic study and analyzed the effect of intermediate states on the open voltage under varied concentrated light intensity for the ELO-InAs QD cell.

Sogabe, Tomah, E-mail: sogabe@mbe.rcast.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Shoji, Yasushi; Tamayo, Efrain; Okada, Yoshitaka [Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8504 (Japan); Mulder, Peter; Schermer, John [Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University Nijmegen, Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands)

2014-09-15T23:59:59.000Z

204

SunShot Initiative: Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells to Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells to someone by E-mail Share SunShot Initiative: Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells on Facebook Tweet about SunShot Initiative: Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells on Twitter Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells on Google Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells on Delicious Rank SunShot Initiative: Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells on Digg Find More places to share SunShot Initiative: Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells on AddThis.com... Concentrating Solar Power Photovoltaics Research & Development Crystalline Silicon Thin Films Multijunctions Organic Photovoltaics Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Competitive Awards Systems Integration Balance of Systems Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Graphic showing the seven layers of a dye-sensitized PV cell: electrode, hole conductor, dope, TiO2, blocking layer, transparent conductive oxide, and glass.

205

Wide band-gap, fairly conductive p-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide films prepared by direct photolysis; solar cell application  

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Wide optical band-gap (2.0--2.3 eV) undoped and boron-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) films have been prepared by both direct photo and rf glow discharge (GD plasma) decomposition of pure methylsilanes or acetylene and disilane gas mixtures. The photochemically prepared p-type films showed higher dark conductivities and lower activation energies. For an optical band gap of 2.0 eV a high conductivity of 7.0 x 10/sup -5/ (S cm/sup -1/) and a low activation energy of 0.33 eV have been measured. The first trial of these wide band-gap, fairly conductive films as a window layer in a p-i-n solar cell showed the high conversion efficiency of 9.46% under AM1 insolation.

Yamada, A.; Kenne, J.; Konagai, M.; Takahashi, K.

1985-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

206

Vacuum deposited polycrystalline silicon films for solar cell applications. Quarterly report, September 15-December 31, 1979  

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Polycrystalline silicon films 14-22 ..mu..m thick and with average grain diameters of 20-40 ..mu..m were deposited by vacuum deposition onto both ceramic and sapphire substrates which were previously coated with a thin (1-2 ..mu..m) TiB/sub 2/ conducting layer. The large grains are the result of an interaction in the initial growth stages between silicon and TiB/sub 2/. SIMS studies of B/Ti/Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, B/Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, and Ti/Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, interactions are reported as part of a continuing investigation of TiB/sub 2/ formation and silicon interactions on the TiB/sub 2/ surface. The increase in grain size has led to an improvement in the open-circuit voltage V/sub oc/, but not to an increase in the short-circuit current J/sub sc/. Capacitance-voltage measurements give results characteristic of an abrupt junction and a build-in voltage V/sub D/ consistent with the measured doping levels. A simple method for measuring the minority carrier diffusion length in the base region L/sub n/ is described. The measurements indicate that there is little change in L/sub n/ between large (20-40 ..mu..m) and small (approx. 5 ..mu..m) grained samples.

Feldman, C.; Arrington, C. H.; Blum, N. A.; Satkiewicz, F. G.

1980-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

207

LOSS ANALYSIS OF BACK-CONTACT BACK-JUNCTION THIN-FILM MONOCRYSTALLINE SILICON SOLAR CELLS  

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- dimensional finite element modeling with a resistance network simulation. The simulated and measured current of the best cell with 13.5 % efficiency is the high saturation current density at the metal-silicon interface significance of various loss mechan- isms. This analysis is the purpose of this contribution. Standard

208

Light harvesting enhancement in solar cells with quasicrystalline plasmonic structures  

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Solar cells are important in the area of renewable energies. Since it is expensive to produce solar-grade silicon [Electrochem. Soc. Interface 17, 30 (2008)], especially thin-film...

Bauer, Christina; Giessen, Harald

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

209

Thin films for solar control applications  

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...properly cited. Thin films for solar control applications Sapna Shrestha...performance of vacuum glazing. Solar Energy 81, 8. ( doi:10...mirrors produced by plasma ion assisted deposition. J. Non-Cryst...and cost of vacuum glazing. Solar Energy 55, 151. ( doi:10...

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

210

Manipulating hybrid structures of polymer/a-Si for thin film solar cells  

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A series of uniform polymer/amorphous silicon hybrid structures have been fabricated by means of solution-casting for polymer and radio frequency excited plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition for amorphous silicon (a-Si:H). Poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) functioned as a photoactive donor, while the silicon layer acted as an acceptor. It is found that matching the hole mobility of the polymer to the electron mobility of amorphous silicon is critical to improve the photovoltaic performance from hybrid cells. A three-layer p-i-n structure of ITO/PEDOT:PSS(200?nm)/i-Si(450?nm)/n-Si(200?nm)/Al with a power conversion efficiency of 4.78% under a standard test condition was achieved.

Peng, Ying; He, Zhiqun, E-mail: zhqhe@bjtu.edu.cn, E-mail: J.I.B.Wilson@hw.ac.uk; Zhang, Zhi; Liang, Chunjun [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Diyaf, Adel; Ivaturi, Aruna; Wilson, John I. B., E-mail: zhqhe@bjtu.edu.cn, E-mail: J.I.B.Wilson@hw.ac.uk [SUPA, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (United Kingdom)

2014-03-10T23:59:59.000Z

211

Radiative cooling of solar cells  

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Standard solar cells heat up under sunlight. The resulting increased temperature of the solar cell has adverse consequences on both its efficiency and its reliability. We introduce a...

Zhu, Linxiao; Raman, Aaswath; Wang, Ken Xingze; Anoma, Marc Abou; Fan, Shanhui

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

212

Vacuum-Deposited Planar Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells  

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Vacuum-Deposited Planar Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells ... Bilayer heterojunction solar cells were fabricated by sequential deposition of P3HT and C60 and the photovoltaic response measured. ... organic solar cells; conjugated polymers; poly(3-hexylthiophene); vacuum thermal deposition; thin films ...

Peter Kovacik; Giuseppe Sforazzini; Andrew G. Cook; Shawn M. Willis; Patrick S. Grant; Hazel E. Assender; Andrew A. R. Watt

2010-12-14T23:59:59.000Z

213

Simulations of solar cell absorption enhancement using resonant modes  

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Simulations of solar cell absorption enhancement using resonant modes of a nanosphere array Jonathan Grandidier Michael G. Deceglie Dennis M. Callahan Harry A. Atwater #12;Simulations of solar cell for enhancing the absorption of thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells using periodic arrangements of resonant

Grandidier, Jonathan

214

Solar cell efficiency enhancement via light trapping in printable resonant  

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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

Atwater, Harry

215

Dielectric nanostructures for broadband light trapping in organic solar cells  

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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

Fan, Shanhui

216

Solar cell efficiency enhancement via light trapping in printable resonant  

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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

Grandidier, Jonathan

217

Photovoltaics, solar energy materials & thin films-IMRC 2006, Cancun, Mexico: Selected papers  

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The International symposium Photovoltaics, Solar Energy Materials & Thin Films was held in Cancun, Mexico from 20 to 24 August 2006. More...2 solar cells; and material characterization. A good...2 and the devic...

Xavier Mathew

2007-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

218

Correlations of Capacitance-Voltage Hysteresis with Thin-Film CdTe Solar Cell Performance During Accelerated Lifetime Testing  

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In this paper we present the correlation of CdTe solar cell performance with capacitance-voltage hysteresis, defined presently as the difference in capacitance measured at zero-volt bias when collecting such data with different pre-measurement bias conditions. These correlations were obtained on CdTe cells stressed under conditions of 1-sun illumination, open-circuit bias, and an acceleration temperature of approximately 100 degrees C.

Albin, D.; del Cueto, J.

2011-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

219

Effects of hydrochloric acid treatment of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles/nanofibers bilayer film on the photovoltaic properties of dye-sensitized solar cells  

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Highlights: ? The TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles/TiO{sub 2} nanofibers bilayer film was fabricated for DSSC. ? The effects of HCl treated TiO{sub 2} on the performance of DSSC were investigated. ? The potential methods of improving conversion efficiency are suggested. - Abstract: The TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles/nanofibers bilayer film has been fabricated via spin coating and electrospinning followed by calcination. The TiO{sub 2} bilayer film with thickness of about 6.0 ?m is composed of anatase TiO{sub 2} phase. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) were assembled by hydrochloric acid (HCl) treated TiO{sub 2} film. The results of the photocurrent action spectra, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and IV curves showed that each photovoltaic parameter of DSSC increased with the concentration of HCl increasing, and reached a maximum value and afterwards decreased. The maximum incident monochromatic photo-to-electron conversion efficiency (at 350 nm) and maximum overall conversion efficiency (?) of 0.05 M HCl treated TiO{sub 2} based DSSC were enhanced to 48.0% and 4.75%, which were respectively increased by 14% and 6.3% than those of DSSC based on untreated TiO{sub 2} film.

Song, Lixin; Du, Pingfan; Shao, Xiaoli; Cao, Houbao; Hui, Quan [Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology of Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Xiong, Jie, E-mail: jxiong@zstu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology of Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China)

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Research on high-efficiency, single-junction, monolithic, thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells: Phase II annual subcontract report, 1 January 1985--31 January 1986  

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This report presents results of the second phase of research on high-efficiency, single-junction, monolithic, thin-film a-Si solar cells. Five glow-discharge deposition systems, including a new in-line, multichamber system, were used to grow both doped and undoped a-Si:H. A large number of silane and disilane gas cylinders were analyzed with a gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy system. Strong correlations were found between the breakdown voltage, the deposition rate, the diffusion length, and the conversion efficiency for varying cathode-anode separations in a DC glow-discharge deposition mode. Tin oxide films were grown by chemical vapor deposition with either tetramethyl tin (TMT) or tin tetrachloride (TTC). The best were grown with TMT, but TTC films had a more controlled texture for light trapping and provided a better contact to the p-layer. The best results were obtained with 7059 glass substrates. Efficiencies as high as 10.86% were obtained in p-i-n cells with superlattice p-layers and as high as 10.74% in cells with both superlattice p- and n-layers. Measurements showed that the boron-doping level in the p-layer can strongly affect transport in the i-layer, which can be minimized by reactive flushing before i-layer deposition. Stability of a-Si:H cells is improved by light doping. 51 refs., 64 figs., 21 tabs.

Carlson, D.E.; Ayra, R.R.; Bennett, M.S.; Catalano, A.; D'Aiello, R.V.; Dickson, C.R.; McVeigh, J.; Newton, J.; O'Dowd, J.; Oswald, R.S.; Rajan, K.

1988-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Thermal Management of Solar Cells  

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

Saadah, Mohammed Ahmed

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Multi-resonant silver nano-disk patterned thin film hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells for Staebler-Wronski effect compensation  

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We study polarization independent improved light trapping in commercial thin film hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar photovoltaic cells using a three-dimensional silver array of multi-resonant nano-disk structures embedded in a silicon nitride anti-reflection coating (ARC) to enhance optical absorption in the intrinsic layer (i-a-Si:H) for the visible spectrum for any polarization angle. Predicted total optical enhancement (OE) in absorption in the i-a-Si:H for AM-1.5 solar spectrum is 18.51% as compared to the reference, and producing a 19.65% improvement in short-circuit current density (JSC) over 11.7 mA/cm2 for a reference cell. The JSC in the nano-disk patterned solar cell (NDPSC) was found to be higher than the commercial reference structure for any incident angle. The NDPSC has a multi-resonant optical response for the visible spectrum and the associated mechanism for OE in i-a-Si:H layer is excitation of Fabry-Perot resonance facilitated by surface plasmon resonances. The detrimental Staebl...

Vora, Ankit; Pearce, Joshua M; Bergstrom, Paul L; Gney, Durdu

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

223

Solar cell array interconnects  

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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.

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

1995-11-14T23:59:59.000Z

224

Photovoltaic solar cell  

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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.

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

2013-11-26T23:59:59.000Z

225

Photovoltaic solar cell  

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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.

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

2014-05-20T23:59:59.000Z

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NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL  

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solar cell The history of dye sensitization dates back to the photosensitization phenomenon by organic

Phuyal, Dibya

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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,...

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Nanowire-based All Oxide Solar Cells  

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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.

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

2008-12-07T23:59:59.000Z

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Theoretical Analysis of Effects of Deep Level, Back Contact, and Absorber Thickness on Capacitance-Voltage Profiling of CdTe Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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The apparent carrier density profile measured by the capacitance-voltage technique in CdTe thin-film solar cells frequently displays a distinctive U-shape. We show that, even assuming a uniform carrier density, such a U-shape may arise from deep levels, a non-ohmic back-contact, and a thin absorber, which are commonly present in practical CdTe thin-film solar cells. A thin CdTe absorber contributes to the right branch of the U-shape due to a punch-through effect at reverse or zero biases, when the CdTe absorber is nearly fully depleted. A rectifying back-contact contributes to both branches of the U-shape due to voltage sharing with the front junction under a forward bias and early punch-through under a reverse bias. Deep levels contribute to the right branch, but also raise the bottom of the U-shape, leading to an overestimate of carrier density.

Li, J. V.; Halverson, A. F.; Sulima, O. V.; Bansal, S.; Burst, J. M.; Barnes, T. M.; Gessert, T. A.; Levi, D. H.

2012-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 71 (2002) 261­271 Photoelectric behavior of nanocrystalline Ti 100101, People's Republic of China e Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory at Institute of High Energy Physics. A sandwich-type solar cell fabricated by this dye-sensitized nanocrystalline TiO2 film generated 6:1 mA cm?2

Huang, Yanyi

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Nanocauliflower like structure of CdS thin film for solar cell photovoltaic applications: In situ tin doping by chemical bath deposition technique  

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Abstract We report on surface morphology changes of in situ tin (Sn) doped cadmium sulphide (CdS) thin film nanostructures prepared on a glass substrate using the chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique. Sn-doping in the presence of triethanolammine (TEOA) as complexing agent resulted in the formation of nanocauliflower like structure of CdS thin film. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicated that Sn-doped CdS thin films show a hexagonal structure with a preferential orientation growth along the c-axis (002). The Sn4+ doping markedly influenced on the evolution of the CdS nanostructures, resulting in the formation of nanocracks due to the substitution of Cd2+ ions by larger-than-host Sn4+ ions as well as a drastic increase in electrical conductivity. An improved optical transmittance property was also achieved by the Sn-doping with no considerable change in the energy band gap. Moreover, a large improvement in both electrical conductivity and photosensitivity observed in the Sn-doped CdS thin films suggests that Sn-doping is highly effective for applications as window/buffer layers in future solar cell applications. Structural evolution of cauliflower like nanostructures are also discussed in this paper.

K.C. Wilson; E. Manikandan; M. Basheer Ahamed; B.W. Mwakikunga

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

232

Thin film photovoltaic cells  

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A solar cell has as its transparent electrical contact a grid made from a non-noble metal by providing a layer of copper oxide between the transparent electrical contact and the absorber-generator.

Rothwarf, Allen (Philadelphia, PA)

1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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

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Design and fabrication of photonic crystal thin film photovoltaic cells Guillaume Gomarda,b  

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Design and fabrication of photonic crystal thin film photovoltaic cells Guillaume Gomarda,b , Ounsi of an absorbing planar photonic crystal within a thin film photovoltaic cell. The devices are based on a stack with large areas. Keywords: Photonic crystal, Photovoltaic solar cell, Thin film solar cell, Hydrogenated

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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Broad spectrum solar cell  

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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.

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

2007-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

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Influences of alcoholic solvents on spray pyrolysis deposition of TiO{sub 2} blocking layer films for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells  

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Influences of alcoholic solvents for titanium diisopropoxide bis(acetylacetonate) (TPA) precursor solutions on the spray pyrolysis deposited TiO{sub 2} films and the photovoltaic performance of the solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (SDSCs) using these TiO{sub 2} films as the blocking layers were investigated. Smooth TiO{sub 2} films were obtained by spray pyrolysis deposition of a TPA solution in isopropanol (IPA) at a relatively low temperature of 260 Degree-Sign C. On the other hand, when ethanol was used as solvent, the TiO{sub 2} films fabricated at the same temperature showed much rougher surfaces with many pinholes. Our results showed that ethanol reacts with TPA to form titanium diethoxide bis(acetylacetonate) (TEA), which requires a higher thermal decomposition temperature than that of TPA. SDSCs with TiO{sub 2} blocking layer films fabricated using a TPA solution in IPA showed higher power conversion efficiencies with smaller variations. - Graphical abstract: Alcoholic solvents used for the TiO{sub 2} precursor play a critical role in determining the surface morphology of blocking layers and thus the photovoltaic performance of the SDSCs. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Solvent influences morphology of spray pyrolysis deposited TiO{sub 2} blocking layer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ethanol reacts with TPA, resulting poor quality of blocking layer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Isopropanol is better than ethanol for obtaining smooth blocking layer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SDSC with blocking layer made with isopropanol showed better performance.

Jiang, Changyun, E-mail: jiangc@imre.a-star.edu.sg [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A-STAR, 3 Research Link, 117602 Singapore (Singapore)] [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A-STAR, 3 Research Link, 117602 Singapore (Singapore); Koh, Wei Lin; Leung, Man Yin [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A-STAR, 3 Research Link, 117602 Singapore (Singapore)] [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A-STAR, 3 Research Link, 117602 Singapore (Singapore); Hong, Wei [Department of Chemical Engineering and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave West ON, Waterloo, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada)] [Department of Chemical Engineering and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave West ON, Waterloo, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada); Li, Yuning, E-mail: yuning.li@uwaterloo.ca [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A-STAR, 3 Research Link, 117602 Singapore (Singapore) [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A-STAR, 3 Research Link, 117602 Singapore (Singapore); Department of Chemical Engineering and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave West ON, Waterloo, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada); Zhang, Jie [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A-STAR, 3 Research Link, 117602 Singapore (Singapore)] [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A-STAR, 3 Research Link, 117602 Singapore (Singapore)

2013-02-15T23:59:59.000Z

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

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with the graphene-Si solar cell and the SWNT-Si solar cell using the random-oriented SWNT film, the pristine micro with the random-oriented SWNT film and the graphene-Si solar cell, the SWNT-Si solar cell with the µ-HN SWNT film1 Structured SWNTs and Graphene for Solar Cells Kehang Cui, Takaaki Chiba, Xiao Chen, Shohei

Maruyama, Shigeo

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Microcrystalline silicon germanium: An attractive bottom-cell material for thin-film silicon-based tandem-solar-cells  

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The authors have prepared hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon germanium by plasma enhanced CVD of a mixture of silane and germane gas diluted with hydrogen. The growth conditions have been systematically controlled to obtain large ({approximately}400{angstrom}) crystallites of silicon-germanium as observed using Raman scattering and x-ray diffraction. The dangling bond (germanium) density has been reduced to <5 x 10{sup 16} cm{sup {minus}3} at low substrate temperatures ({approximately}150 C). The optical absorption spectra of the 50% Ge containing material is red-shifted compared to microcrystalline silicon, consistent with a reduction of the indirect optical gap to 0.9 eV. Schottky type cells fabricated using Au on an n{sup +} crystalline silicon substrate confirm that the long wavelength response is remarkably enhanced in this material.

Ganguly, Gautam; Ikeda, Toru; Kajiwara, Kei; Matduda, Akihisa

1997-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

239

Monolithic tandem solar cell  

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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.

Wanlass, M.W.

1989-11-03T23:59:59.000Z

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Use of 2nd and 3rd Level Correlation Analysis for Studying Degradation in Polycrystalline Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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The correlation of stress-induced changes in the performance of laboratory-made CdTe solar cells with various 2nd and 3rd level metrics is discussed. The overall behavior of aggregated data showing how cell efficiency changes as a function of open-circuit voltage (Voc), short-circuit current density (Jsc), and fill factor (FF) is explained using a two-diode, PSpice model in which degradation is simulated by systematically changing model parameters. FF shows the highest correlation with performance during stress, and is subsequently shown to be most affected by shunt resistance, recombination and in some cases voltage-dependent collection. Large decreases in Jsc as well as increasing rates of Voc degradation are related to voltage-dependent collection effects and catastrophic shunting respectively. Large decreases in Voc in the absence of catastrophic shunting are attributed to increased recombination. The relevance of capacitance-derived data correlated with both Voc and FF is discussed.

Albin, D. S.; del Cueto, J. A.; Demtsu, S. H.; Bansal, S.

2011-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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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

Boyer, Edmond

242

Monolithic tandem solar cell  

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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.

Wanlass, M.W.

1991-05-28T23:59:59.000Z

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Nano-photonic Light Trapping In Thin Film Solar Dennis M. Callahan Jr.  

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Nano-photonic Light Trapping In Thin Film Solar Cells Thesis by Dennis M. Callahan Jr. In Partial. Jeremy Munday for helping me get started on the thin-film GaAs project and for all the time we spent to thank Dr. Jonathan Grandidier for working closely with me for a couple years on the nano sphere solar

Winfree, Erik

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

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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

Atwater, Harry

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

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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

Boyer, Edmond

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Modeling of capacitance transients of thin-film solar cells: A valuable tool to gain information on perturbing layers or interfaces  

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Thin-film electronic and photovoltaic devices often comprise, in addition to the anticipated p-n junctions, additional non-ideal ohmic contacts between layers. This may give rise to additional signals in capacitance spectroscopy techniques that are not directly related to defects in the structure. In this paper, we present a fitting algorithm for transient signals arising from such an additional junction. The fitting results are in excellent agreement with the diode characteristics extracted from static measurements on individual components. Finally, the algorithm is applied for determining the barriers associated with anomalous signals reported for selected CuIn{sub 1x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells.

Lauwaert, Johan, E-mail: Johan.Lauwaert@UGent.be; Van Puyvelde, Lisanne; Vrielinck, Henk [Department of Solid State Sciences, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281-S1, 9000 Gent (Belgium); Lauwaert, Jeroen; Thybaut, Joris W. [Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT), Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281-S5, 9000 Gent (Belgium)

2014-02-03T23:59:59.000Z

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Impact of environmental conditions on the chemical surface properties of Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2} thin-film solar cell absorbers  

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Environmentally driven aging effects play a crucial role in thin-film solar cells based on Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2}, both for long-term stability and short air exposure during production. For a better understanding of such effects, Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2} absorber surfaces were investigated by x-ray photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopy after exposure to different environmental conditions. Identical absorbers were stored in a nitrogen atmosphere, in damp heat, and under ambient conditions for up to 14 days. We find varying degrees of diffusion of sulfur, copper, and sodium towards the surface, with potential impact on the electronic surface structure (band gap) and the properties of the interface to a buffer layer in a solar cell device. Furthermore, we observe an oxidation (in decreasing order) of indium, copper, and selenium (but no oxidation of sulfur). And finally, varying amounts of carbon- and oxygen-containing adsorbates are found. In particular, the findings suggest that, for ambient air exposure, sodium carbonate is formed at the surface.

Hauschild, D., E-mail: dirk.hauschild@physik.uni-wuerzburg.de, E-mail: l.weinhardt@kit.edu; Meyer, F. [Experimental Physics VII, University of Wrzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Wrzburg (Germany); Pohlner, S.; Lechner, R.; Dietmller, R.; Palm, J. [AVANCIS GmbH and Co. KG, Otto-Hahn-Ring 6, 81739 Munich (Germany); Heske, C. [Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-v.-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); ANKA Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-v.-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-4003 (United States); Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Engesserstr. 18/20, 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Weinhardt, L., E-mail: dirk.hauschild@physik.uni-wuerzburg.de, E-mail: l.weinhardt@kit.edu [Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-v.-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); ANKA Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-v.-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-4003 (United States); Reinert, F. [Experimental Physics VII, University of Wrzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Wrzburg (Germany); Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Gemeinschaftslabor fr Nanoanalytik, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

2014-05-14T23:59:59.000Z

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Meteorological Effects on Solar Cells  

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30 June 1977 research-article Meteorological Effects on Solar Cells J. R. Mallinson P. T. Landsberg The effect of different meteorological conditions on solar cell outputs has been investigated...

1977-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Organic Solar Cells A Survey  

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The objective of this study was to examine in some detail the question of efficient organic solar cells. The scientific-technical situation concerning organic solar cells is highly confusing and unsatisfactory. I...

Dieter Bonnet; Jrgen Volkheimer

1991-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Cadmium-free junction fabrication process for CuInSe.sub.2 thin film solar cells  

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The present invention provides an economical, simple, dry and controllable semiconductor layer junction forming process to make cadmium free high efficiency photovoltaic cells having a first layer comprised primarily of copper indium diselenide having a thin doped copper indium diselenide n-type region, generated by thermal diffusion with a group II(b) element such as zinc, and a halide, such as chlorine, and a second layer comprised of a conventional zinc oxide bilayer. A photovoltaic device according the present invention includes a first thin film layer of semiconductor material formed primarily from copper indium diselenide. Doping of the copper indium diselenide with zinc chloride is accomplished using either a zinc chloride solution or a solid zinc chloride material. Thermal diffusion of zinc chloride into the copper indium diselenide upper region creates the thin n-type copper indium diselenide surface. A second thin film layer of semiconductor material comprising zinc oxide is then applied in two layers. The first layer comprises a thin layer of high resistivity zinc oxide. The second relatively thick layer of zinc oxide is doped to exhibit low resistivity.

Ramanathan, Kannan V. (Lakewood, CA); Contreras, Miguel A. (Golden, CA); Bhattacharya, Raghu N. (Littleton, CA); Keane, James (Lakewood, CA); Noufi, Rommel (Golden, CA)

1999-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar Cell Simulation  

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Students model the flow of energy from the sun as it enters a photovoltaic cell, moves along a wire and powers a load. The game-like atmosphere involves the younger students and helps them understand the continuous nature of the flow of energy. For a related lesson, please see the activity Solar Powered System (PDF 430 KB).

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MORE POLYSILICON FOR SOLAR CELLS  

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MORE POLYSILICON FOR SOLAR CELLS ... MANUFACTURING: OCI and Wacker expand raw material capacity in South Korea and U.S. ...

MELODY VOITH

2010-12-20T23:59:59.000Z

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Predictive Modeling for Glass-Side Laser Scribing of Thin Film Photovoltaic Cells  

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:F, CdTe, solar cell INTRODUCTION Thin-film solar cell is a promising technology to achieve in a large-area solar cell. Quality of such scribing contributes to the overall quality and efficiency of the solar cell and therefore predictive capabilities of the process are essential. Limited numerical work

Yao, Y. Lawrence

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Thin film photovoltaic cell  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

A thin film photovoltaic cell having a transparent electrical contact and an opaque electrical contact with a pair of semiconductors therebetween includes utilizing one of the electrical contacts as a substrate and wherein the inner surface thereof is modified by microroughening while being macro-planar.

Meakin, John D. (Newark, DE); Bragagnolo, Julio (Newark, DE)

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Meteorological Effects on Solar Cells  

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...research-article Meteorological Effects on Solar Cells J. R. Mallinson P. T. Landsberg...different meteorological conditions on solar cell outputs has been investigated, using a model for a solar cell (p-on-n or n-on-p) which...

1977-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Amorphous thin films for solar-cell applications. Technical progress report, 11 October 1980 to 15 January 1981  

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Progress has been ahead of planned expectations in three instances: (a) achievement of 4 mA/cm/sup 2/, short circuit current density in a MIS structure solar cell under AM1 illumination; (b) fabrication of large area (4 cm/sup 2/) MIS cells with external J/sub sc/ > 3 mA/cm/sup 2/; and (c) deposition of p/sup +/ layers by B/sub 2/H/sub 6/ gas phase doping. A program status table is included. Reproducible n layers are now routinely deposited by sputtering in Ar, H/sub 2/, and PH/sub 3/ gases. The major remaining obstacle to the goal of a 3.5% cell is the deposition of a quality i-layer. Although information deduced from infrared absorption and Raman data indicates that most of the hydrogen is bonded in the SiH configuration, the photoconductivity of the intrinsic material requires marked improvement. Two forms of magnetron sputtering, planar and cylindrical, are being exploited. The planar deposition system has the advantage that experimental costs are low; the cylindrical system is easily scalable to large product throughput. Schematic illustrations of the two systems and descriptions of apparatus modifications incorporated are included.

Jonath, A.D.; Anderson, W.W.; Crowley, J.L.; MacMillan H.F. Jr.; Thornton, J.A.

1981-02-20T23:59:59.000Z

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Flexible Solar-Energy Harvesting System on Plastic with Thin-film LC Oscillators Operating Above ft for  

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Flexible Solar-Energy Harvesting System on Plastic with Thin-film LC Oscillators Operating Above ft- This paper presents an energy-harvesting system consisting of amorphous-silicon (a-Si) solar cells and thin of the energy-harvesting system. The solar module consists of solar cells in series operating at an output

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EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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7/21/2010 1 EE580 ­ Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser · Lecture 08 · 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

Kaiser, Todd J.

259

Thermodynamic Limits of Solar Cell Efficiency  

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A general analysis of the coversion of solar heat to electrical energy in solar cells is presented. Some solar cell structures and processes are described which, in...

Wrfel, Peter

260

Improving Solar-Cell Efficiency  

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films with different PID2 contents. From L. Lu et al., Nat. Photonics 8, 716 (2014). New light has been shed on solar power generation using devices made with polymers, thanks to...

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261

Light Incoupling and Optical Optimisation of Organic Solar Cells  

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Due to the thin film nature of organic solar cells, light-trapping and interference effects play a significant role. We discuss here the utilisation of these effects in optimisation...

Mei, Jan; Schueppel, Rico; Timmreck, Ronny; Furno, Mauro; Uhrich, Christian; Sonntag, Stefan; Gnehr, Wolf-Michael; Pfeiffer, Martin; Leo, Karl; Riede, Moritz

262

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...

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

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Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 91 (2007) 1388­1391 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

Romeo, Alessandro

264

The Making of the Film, SOLAR CORONA  

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The film SOLAR CORONA was made from data taken from August 14, 1969 through May 7, 1970, by OSO-VI, one of the Orbiting Satellite Observatories. One of the experiments on board scanned across and up and down the image of ...

Beeler, Michael

1973-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

265

Dye-sensitized solar cells  

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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.

Skotheim, Terje A. [Berkeley, CA

1980-03-04T23:59:59.000Z

266

Dye-sensitized solar cells  

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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.

Skotheim, T.A.

1980-03-04T23:59:59.000Z

267

Bilevel contact solar cells  

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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.

Sinton, R.A.

1991-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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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

Romeo, Alessandro

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Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 668 @ 2001 Materials Research Society Influence of proton irradiation and development of flexible CdTe solar cells on polyimide  

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. Polycrystalline thin film solar cells of II-VI and I-II-VI compounds are potentially important because power (defined as the ratio of output electrical power to the solar module weight). Thin film solar cells on polymer films can yield more than 2- kW/kg specific power. CIGS solar cells of about 10 to 12

Romeo, Alessandro

270

Superlattice cascade solar cell  

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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.

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

1982-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

271

Thin film absorber for a solar collector  

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This invention pertains to energy absorbers for solar collectors, and more particularly to high performance thin film absorbers. The solar collectors comprising the absorber of this invention overcome several problems seen in current systems, such as excessive hardware, high cost and unreliability. In the preferred form, the apparatus features a substantially rigid planar frame with a thin film window bonded to one planar side of the frame. An absorber in accordance with the present invention is comprised of two thin film layers that are sealed perimetrically. In a preferred embodiment, thin film layers are formed from a metal/plastic laminate. The layers define a fluid-tight planar envelope of large surface area to volume through which a heat transfer fluid flows. The absorber is bonded to the other planar side of the frame. The thin film construction of the absorber assures substantially full envelope wetting and thus good efficiency. The window and absorber films stress the frame adding to the overall strength of the collector.

Wilhelm, William G. (Cutchogue, NY)

1985-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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CdS quantum dot sensitized nanocrystalline Gd-doped TiO2 thin films for photoelectrochemical solar cells  

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CdS quantum dot sensitized Gd-doped TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films have been prepared by chemical method. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that TiO2 and Gd-doped TiO2...nanocrystalline thin films are of anatas...

A. Ranjitha; N. Muthukumarasamy

2013-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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DISSERTATION Role of the Cu-O Defect in CdTe Solar Cells  

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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

Sites, James R.

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Electron and hole drift mobility measurements on thin film CdTe solar cells Qi Long, Steluta A. Dinca, E. A. Schiff, Ming Yu, and Jeremy Theil  

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(2004); 10.1063/1.1645322 Cathodoluminescence of Cu diffusion in CdTe thin films for CdTe/CdS solar://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/apl/105/4?ver=pdfcov Published by the AIP Publishing Articles you may be interested in Copper-doped Cd

Schiff, Eric A.

275

Fabricating solar cells with silicon nanoparticles  

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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.

Loscutoff, Paul; Molesa, Steve; Kim, Taeseok

2014-09-02T23:59:59.000Z

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Preparation of cuxinygazsen (X=0-2, Y=0-2, Z=0-2, N=0-3) precursor films by electrodeposition for fabricating high efficiency solar cells  

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High quality thin films of copper-indium-gallium-diselenide useful in the production of solar cells are prepared by electrodepositing at least one of the constituent metals onto a glass/Mo substrate, followed by physical vapor deposition of copper and selenium or indium and selenium to adjust the final stoichiometry of the thin film to approximately Cu(In,Ga)Se.sub.2. Using an AC voltage of 1-100 KHz in combination with a DC voltage for electrodeposition improves the morphology and growth rate of the deposited thin film. An electrodeposition solution comprising at least in part an organic solvent may be used in conjunction with an increased cathodic potential to increase the gallium content of the electrodeposited thin film.

Bhattacharya, Raghu N. (Littleton, CO); Contreras, Miguel A. (Golden, CO); Keane, James (Lakewood, CO); Tennant, Andrew L. (Denver, CO); Tuttle, John R. (Denver, CO); Ramanathan, Kannan (Lakewood, CO); Noufi, Rommel (Golden, CO)

1998-03-24T23:59:59.000Z

277

Monolithic tandem solar cell  

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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.

Wanlass, M.W.

1994-06-21T23:59:59.000Z

278

Introduction to Organic Solar Cells  

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Organic solar cells (OSCs) have attracted strong attention in ... the basics of OSCs. The basics of organic semiconductors are first described. We then provide...

Dixon D. S. Fung; Wallace C. H. Choy

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

279

Thermal Management of Solar Cells.  

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??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)

Saadah, Mohammed Ahmed

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

280

Heterojunction Silicon Microwire Solar Cells  

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Heterojunction Silicon Microwire Solar Cells ... Center for Advanced Photovoltaic Devices and Systems, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave W, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada ...

Majid Gharghi; Ehsanollah Fathi; Boubacar Kante; Siva Sivoththaman; Xiang Zhang

2012-11-21T23:59:59.000Z

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Effect of localized states on the reciprocity between quantum efficiency and electroluminescence in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 and Si thin-film solar cells  

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Abstract We present the electroluminescence and quantum efficiency of three different types of thin-film solar cells based on absorbers made from Cu(In,Ga)Se2 as well as from ?c-Si:H and a-Si:H. Simulations of our experimental results show that the main contribution to the electroluminescence spectrum originates from band-to-tail transitions in the case of Cu(In,Ga)Se2, from tail-to-tail transitions in ?c-Si:H, and from tail-to-tail as well as from band-to-midgap-defect transitions in a-Si:H. By comparing the electroluminescence with the quantum efficiency, we analyze the effect of localized states on the optoelectronic reciprocity relation in the three material systems. The relatively steep bandtail density of states in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 is compatible with the reciprocity relation at room temperature while the shallower bandtail density of states in ?c-Si:H and the deep mid-gap defect states in a-Si:H lead to substantial deviations from the reciprocity.

Thomas Christian Mathias Mller; Bart Elger Pieters; Thomas Kirchartz; Reinhard Carius; Uwe Rau

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Preparation and properties of high deposition a-Si:H films and solar cells using disilane: Final subcontract report, 1 May 1988--30 April 1989  

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The focus of research during the second phase of SERI Contract No. ZB-7-06002-1 was the fabrication of high efficiency amorphous silicon p-i-n solar cells using intrinsic layers deposited at high deposition rate (/minus/2 nm/s) from disilane discharges. In order to achieve this goal, we utilized higher discharge excitation frequencies (10-110 MRz) to improve the intrinsic layer properties. In this report, we discuss the influence of the driving frequency at fixed fr power density on silane and disilane discharges, the properties of materials deposited from these discharges, and the performance of p-i-n devices fabricated using intrinsic layers deposited at a rate of /minus/2 nm/s from disilane 110 MRz discharges. The use of higher excitation frequency in disilane discharges increases the deposition rate and results in films with improved properties compared with those deposited at similar deposition rate by increasing the rf power. As a result of these improvements, we have fabricated a p-i-n device at a deposition rate of 2nm/s with an AM1.5 efficiency of 9/7% over an area of 1 cm/sup 2/. This result exceeds the goals of this contract. 24 refs., 16 figs., 2 tabs.

Chatham, H.; Bhat, P.K.

1989-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

283

Plastic Schottky barrier solar cells  

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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.

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

1984-01-24T23:59:59.000Z

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Study of molybdenum oxide as a back contact buffer for thin film n-CdS/p-CdTe solar cells.  

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??Back contact improvement is one of the most crucial issues for the realization of highly efficient n-CdS/p-CdTe solar cells. Conventional methods for making a sufficiently (more)

Lin, Hao

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

285

Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells  

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and characterizationoforganicsolarcells. AdvancedD,MeissnerD. OrganicSolar?Cells. AdvancedMaterials. tin oxide for organicsolarcell. ElectrEngJpn. 2006

Yengel, Emre

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Sputtered Nickel Oxide Thin Film for Efficient Hole Transport Layer in Polymer-Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Solar Cell  

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Bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaics (OPV) are very promising thin film renewable energy conversion technologies due to low production cost by high-throughput roll-to-roll manufacturing, an expansive list of compatible materials, and flexible device fabrication. An important aspect of OPV device efficiency is good contact engineering. The use of oxide thin films for this application offers increased design flexibility and improved chemical stability. Here we present our investigation of radio frequency magnetron sputtered nickel oxide (NiO{sub x}) deposited from oxide targets as an efficient, easily scalable hole transport layer (HTL) with variable work-function, ranging from 4.8 to 5.8 eV. Differences in HTL work-function were not found to result in statistically significant changes in open circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) for poly(3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 61}-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) BHJ device. Ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS) characterization of the NiO{sub x} film and its interface with the polymer shows Fermi level alignment of the polymer with the NiO{sub x} film. UPS of the blend also demonstrates Fermi level alignment of the organic active layer with the HTL, consistent with the lack of correlation between V{sub oc} and HTL work-function. Instead, trends in j{sub sc}, V{sub oc}, and thus overall device performance are related to the surface treatment of the HTL prior to active layer deposition through changes in active layer thickness.

Widjonarko, N. E.; Ratcliff, E. L.; Perkins, C. L.; Sigdel, A. K.; Zakutayev, A.; Ndione, P. F.; Gillaspie, D. T.; Ginley, D. S.; Olson, D. C.; Berry, J. J.

2012-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Formosun Solar Corp | Open Energy Information  

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search Name: Formosun Solar Corp. Place: Hsinchu County, Taiwan Zip: 303-51 Sector: Solar Product: Thin-film solar cell producer based in Taiwan. References: Formosun Solar...

288

Modeling of thin-film solar thermoelectric generators  

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Recent advances in solar thermoelectric generator (STEG) performance have raised their prospect as a potential technology to convert solar energy into electricity. This paper presents an analysis of thin-film STEGs. ...

Weinstein, Lee Adragon

289

Low-Cost Light Weigh Thin Film Solar Concentrators  

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Light Weight Thin Film Solar Concentrators PI: Gani B. Ganapathi (JPLCaltech) Other Contributors: L'Garde: Art Palisoc, Gyula Greschik, Koorosh Gidanian JPL: Bill Nesmith,...

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ENI Renewable and Non-conventional Energy Prize 2012 High-efficiency solar cells based on nanophotonic design  

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in the earth's crust. Their nano-solar cell technology is scalable to ultra-high volumes and may help speed up to solar cell design are applicable to other solar cell technologies as well, including thin-film CuInSe2ENI Renewable and Non-conventional Energy Prize 2012 High-efficiency solar cells based

Polman, Albert

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

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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

Sites, James R.

292

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

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

Romeo, Alessandro

293

A Sunny Outlook for Solar Cells  

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A Sunny Outlook for Solar Cells ... Photovoltaic solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity, are appealing from a variety of viewpoints. ...

BILL N. BARON

1987-01-19T23:59:59.000Z

294

ELECTROSPUN POLYMER-FIBER SOLAR CELL.  

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??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)

Nagata, Shinobu

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

295

Hybrid Silicon NanoconePolymer Solar Cells  

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Hybrid Silicon NanoconePolymer Solar Cells ... In this study, we demonstrate a hybrid solar cell composed of Si nanocones and conductive polymer. ...

Sangmoo Jeong; Erik C. Garnett; Shuang Wang; Zongfu Yu; Shanhui Fan; Mark L. Brongersma; Michael D. McGehee; Yi Cui

2012-04-30T23:59:59.000Z

296

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...

297

Nanoscale Imaging of Photocurrent and Efficiency in CdTe Solar Cells  

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Nanoscale Imaging of Photocurrent and Efficiency in CdTe Solar Cells ... The local collection characteristics of grain interiors and grain boundaries in thin-film CdTe polycrystalline solar cells are investigated using scanning photocurrent microscopy. ... photovoltaics; CdTe; scanning photocurrent microscopy; solar cells; NSOM ...

Marina S. Leite; Maxim Abashin; Henri J. Lezec; Anthony Gianfrancesco; A. Alec Talin; Nikolai B. Zhitenev

2014-10-15T23:59:59.000Z

298

Simulations of solar cell absorption enhancement using resonant modes of a nanosphere array  

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Simulations of solar cell absorption enhancement using resonant modes of a nanosphere array an approach for enhancing the absorption of thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells using periodic on the temporal coupled mode theory. Keywords: Resonant Dielectric Structures, Solar cells, Nanospheres

Grandidier, Jonathan

299

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

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strategies 4. Microcrystalline Si, and effects of defects on PV 5. Thin-Film Solar Cells a. -Si on glass bEEC 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

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

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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

Fan, Shanhui

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

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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.

Atwater, Harry

2012-04-30T23:59:59.000Z

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DISSERTATION IMPACT OF SECONDARY BARRIERS ON CuIn1-xGaxSe2 SOLAR-CELL  

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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

Sites, James R.

303

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

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vacuum technology that is required in crystalline solar cellTechnologies, Inc. SolarWindow Quantum Dot Solar Cells

Leow, Shin Woei

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

304

Method of fabricating high-efficiency Cu(In,Ga)(SeS).sub.2 thin films for solar cells  

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A process for producing a slightly Cu-poor thin film of Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S).sub.2 comprises depositing a first layer of (In,Ga).sub.x (Se,S).sub.y followed by depositing just enough Cu+(Se,S) or Cu.sub.x (Se,S) to produce the desired slightly Cu-poor material. In a variation, most, but not all, (about 90 to 99%) of the (In,Ga).sub.x (Se,S).sub.y is deposited first, followed by deposition of all the Cu+(Se,S) or Cu.sub.x (Se,S) to go near stoichiometric, possibly or even preferably slightly Cu-rich, and then in turn followed by deposition of the remainder (about 1 to 10%) of the (In,Ga).sub.x (Se,S).sub.y to end with a slightly Cu-poor composition. In yet another variation, a small portion (about 1 to 10%) of the (In,Ga).sub.x (Se,S).sub.y is first deposited as a seed layer, followed by deposition of all of the Cu+(Se,S) or Cu.sub.x (Se,S) to make a very Cu-rich mixture, and then followed deposition of the remainder of the (In,Ga).sub.x (Se,S).sub.y to go slightly Cu-poor in the final Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S).sub.2 thin film.

Noufi, Rommel (Golden, CO); Gabor, Andrew M. (Boulder, CO); Tuttle, John R. (Denver, CO); Tennant, Andrew L. (Denver, CO); Contreras, Miguel A. (Golden, CO); Albin, David S. (Denver, CO); Carapella, Jeffrey J. (Evergreen, CO)

1995-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Optimized Designs and Materials for Nanostructure Based Solar Cells  

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photovoltaic (PV) solar cell technology. It is defined asWEIGHT SOLAR CELLS Current solar array technologies provide

Shao, Qinghui

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Module level solutions to solar cell polarization  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

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

2012-05-29T23:59:59.000Z

307

Modeling and simulation of CuIn{sub 1?x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} based thin film solar cell  

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In this work, CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide) based solar cell structure has been simulated. We have been calculated short circuit current, open circuit voltage and efficiency of the cell. The thickness of the absorption layer is varied from 400 to 3000 nm, keeping the thickness of other layers unchanged. The effect of absorption layer thickness over cell performance has been analyzed and found that the efficiency increases upto 22% until the thickness of the absorption layer reaches around 2000 nm.

Kumari, S., E-mail: sarita.kumari132@gmail.com; Verma, A. S. [Department of Physics, Banasthali University, Rajasthan-304022 (India); Singh, P.; Gautam, R. [Department of Electronics and Communication, Krishna Institute of Engg. and Tech., Ghaziabad-201206 (India)

2014-04-24T23:59:59.000Z

308

Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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Ever since the invention of the silicon solar cell in the 1940s, people have acknowledged the ... potential of photovoltaic systems for large scale electricity production. However, semiconductor grade silicon waf...

Jan Kroon; Andreas Hinsch

2003-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

309

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,...

310

Solar Cells Using Quantum Funnels  

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Solar Cells Using Quantum Funnels ... Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, 10 Kings College Road, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G4, Canada ...

Illan J. Kramer; Larissa Levina; Ratan Debnath; David Zhitomirsky; Edward H. Sargent

2011-08-09T23:59:59.000Z

311

Solar cell with back side contacts  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

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

2013-12-24T23:59:59.000Z

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EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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7/21/2010 1 EE580 ­ Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser · Lecture 10 · 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

Kaiser, Todd J.

313

Silicon solar cells: state of the art  

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...Roberto Amendolia and Can Li Silicon solar cells: state of the art Martin A. Green...majority of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells produced to date have been based...this point are also explored. solar cells|silicon solar cells|silicon...

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar Cells, 14 (1985) 289 -291 289 Short Communication  

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for CdS/CuInSe2 thin film solar cells by electron beam assisted chemical vapor deposition B. J. STANBERYSolar Cells, 14 (1985) 289 - 291 289 Short Communication Silicon nitride anti-reflection coatings; accepted January 2, 1985) The electron beam assisted chemical vapor deposition of silicon nitride anti

Rocca, Jorge J.

315

Stabilization of solar films against hi temperature deactivation  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

A multi-layer solar energy collector of improved stability comprising: (1) a solar absorptive film consisting essentially of copper oxide, cobalt oxide and manganese oxide; (2) a substrate of quartz, silicate glass or a stainless steel; and (3) an interlayer of platinum, plus a method for preparing a thermally stable multi-layered solar collector, in which the absorptive layer is undercoated with a thin film of platinum to obtain a stable conductor-dielectric tandem.

Jefferson, Clinton F. (Millburn, NJ)

1984-03-20T23:59:59.000Z

316

Polycrystalline?thin?film thermophotovoltaic cells  

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Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells convert thermal energy to electricity. Modularity portability silent operation absence of moving parts reduced air pollution rapid start?up high power densities potentially high conversion efficiencies choice of a wide range of heat sources employing fossil fuels biomass and even solar radiation are key advantages of TPV cells in comparison with fuel cells thermionic and thermoelectric convertors and heat engines. The potential applications of TPV systems include: remote electricity supplies transportation co?generation electric?grid independent appliances and space aerospace and military power applications. The range of bandgaps for achieving high conversion efficiencies using low temperature (10002000 K) black?body or selective radiators is in the 0.50.75 eV range. Present high efficiency convertors are based on single crystalline materials such as In1?x Ga x As GaSb and Ga1?x In x Sb. Several polycrystalline thin films such as Hg1?x Cd x Te Sn1?x Cd2x Te2 and Pb1?x Cd x Te etc. have great potential for economic large?scale applications. A small fraction of the high concentration of charge carriers generated at high fluences effectively saturates the large density of defects in polycrystalline thin films. Photovoltaic conversion efficiencies of polycrystalline thin films and PV solar cells are comparable to single crystalline Si solar cells e.g. 17.1% for CuIn1?x Ga x Se2 and 15.8% for CdTe. The best recombination?state density N t is in the range of 10?1510?16 cm?3 acceptable for TPV applications. Higher efficiencies may be achieved because of the higher fluences possibility of bandgap tailoring and use of selective emitters such as rare earth oxides (erbia holmia yttria) and rare earth?yttrium aluminium garnets. As compared to higher bandgap semiconductors such as CdTe it is easier to dope the lower bandgap semiconductors. TPV cell development can benefit from the more mature PV solar cell and opto?electronic (infrared detectors lasers and optical communications) technologies. Low bandgaps and larger fluences employed in TPV cells result in very high current densities which make it difficult to collect the current effectively. Techniques for laser and mechanical scribing integral interconnection and multi?junction tandem structures which have been fairly well developed for thin?film PV solar cells could be further refined for enhancing the voltages from TPV modules. Thin?film TPV cells may be deposited on metals or back?surface reflectors. Spectral control elements such as indium?tin oxide or tin oxide may be deposited directly on the TPV convertor. It would be possible to reduce the cost of TPV technologies based on single?crystal materials being developed at present to the range of US$ 25 per watt so as to be competitive in small to medium size commercial applications. However a further cost reduction to the range of US 35$ 1 per watt to reach the more competitive large?scale residential consumer and hybrid?electric car markets would be possible only with the polycrystalline?thin film TPV cells.

Neelkanth G. Dhere

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

317

Nanocrystal Solar Cells  

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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

Gur, Ilan

2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

318

Process Development for High Voc CdTe Solar Cells  

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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.

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

2011-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

319

Polymer solar cells  

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...become free carriers that can provide...extraction of carriers before recombination...and acceptor energy levels to extend...certified power conversion efficiency...efficiency carrier multiplication...implications for solar energy conversion. Phys. Rev...

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

320

TOPCAT Solar Cell Alignment & Energy Concentration Technology...  

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Thermal Solar Thermal Find More Like This Return to Search TOPCAT Solar Cell Alignment & Energy Concentration Technology Sandia National Laboratories Contact SNL About This...

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INVESTIGATIONS OF CuInTe2 / CdS & CdTe / CdS HETEROJUNCTION SOLAR CELLS.  

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??Thin film solar cells of Copper Indium Telluride and Cadmium Sulfide junctions were fabricated on plain ITO glass slides and also on those coated with (more)

Gutta, Venkatesh

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

322

Process and structures for fabrication of solar cells with laser ablation steps to form contact holes  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

Contact holes of solar cells are formed by laser ablation to accomodate various solar cell designs. Use of a laser to form the contact holes is facilitated by replacing films formed on the diffusion regions with a film that has substantially uniform thickness. Contact holes may be formed to deep diffusion regions to increase the laser ablation process margins. The laser configuration may be tailored to form contact holes through dielectric films of varying thickness.

Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David D; Dennis, Tim; Waldhauer, Ann; Kim, Taeseok; Cousins, Peter John

2013-11-19T23:59:59.000Z

323

Solar-Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles  

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

DeLuchi, Mark A.; Ogden, Joan M.

1993-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

324

Anomalous Hysteresis in Perovskite Solar Cells  

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Anomalous Hysteresis in Perovskite Solar Cells ... Even for silicon solar cells, hysteresis in the current-voltage curves can occur if the bias is swept extremely fast, with complete scans performed in less than 2 to 44 ms depending on the precise cell architecture. ... We will discuss the three predominant perovskite solar-cell architectures in this letter: (i) planar heterojunction solar cells with no mesoporous oxide,(7, 17) (ii) perovskite-sensitized solar cells fabricated on mesoporous TiO2,(1, 3) and (iii) meso-superstrutured solar cells (MSSCs) which employ mesoporous Al2O3 as an inert scaffold in place of the TiO2. ...

Henry J. Snaith; Antonio Abate; James M. Ball; Giles E. Eperon; Tomas Leijtens; Nakita K. Noel; Samuel D. Stranks; Jacob Tse-Wei Wang; Konrad Wojciechowski; Wei Zhang

2014-03-24T23:59:59.000Z

325

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

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Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 78 (2003) 567­595 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

Schiff, Eric A.

326

Cost Effectiveness for Solar Control Film for Residential Applications  

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and first week of October. Data for 16th September, without the solar control film and for 1st October, with solar control film are analyzed. Incidental and transmitted global solar radiations on the east and west windows for these two days are shown... for 16th Sep/ Ii for 1st Oct)* It for 1st Oct (2) The hourly average values of the incident radiation, the transmitted radiation without the film and the transmitted readjusted radiation for the east and the west glazing are shown in Figs 3 and 4...

Al-Taqi, H. H.; Maheshwari, G. P.; Alasseri, R.

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

327

California: TetraCell Silicon Solar Cell Improves Efficiency...  

Energy Savers [EERE]

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 -...

328

Solar Cells and Photovoltaics  

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...The most common method for producing a-Si:H for photovoltaics is by plasma-enhanced CVD from SiH4 mixtures. The films are deposited onto atextured conducting oxide such as indiumtin oxide (ITO) which provide...

Stuart Irvine Prof.

2007-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

329

Plastic Solar Cells See Bright Future | ANSER Center | Argonne...  

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Plastic Solar Cells See Bright Future Home > News & Events > Plastic Solar Cells See Bright Future Plastic Solar Cells See Bright Future Evanston, Ill---Energy consumption is...

330

Oligo and Poly-thiophene/Zno Hybrid Nanowire Solar Cells  

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less than organic bulk heterojunction solar cells. Knowledgeof individual organic/inorganic hybrid nanowire solar cells.an organic/inorganic hybrid single nanowire solar cell. End-

Briseno, Alejandro L.

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

331

Highly Mismatched Alloys for Intermediate Band Solar Cells  

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single-junction intermediate band solar cells. Figure 5:conversion efficiency for a solar cell fabricated from a Znfor Intermediate Band Solar Cells W. Walukiewicz 1 , K. M.

2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

332

Development of concentrator solar cells  

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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.

Not Available

1994-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Preparation and properties of high-deposition-rate a-Si:H films and solar cells using disilane: Annual subcontract report, 1 May 1987--30 April 1988  

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This report contains results of the first year of research on producing p-i-n amorphous silicon solar cells with the intrinsic layer deposited from higher order silanes at deposition rates of 1 nm/s or more. The research was divided into three major areas: diagnostic studies of monosilane and disilane RF discharges using optical emission spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to assist in optimizing discharge conditions and gas-phase processes; parametric studies of material properties of 1-layers prepared form disilane as a function of deposition rate and other process parameters; and parametric studies of p-i-n devices with the i-layer prepared from disilane at various deposition rates. The focus during the first year was to fabricate a p-i-n solar cell with 9/percent/ AM1.5 efficiency over an area greater than 0.08 cm/sup 2/ with the i-layer deposited at 1 nm/s or more. Material properties such as the dark and AM1.5 light conductivities, optical band gap, and conductivity activation energy showed a weak dependence on deposition rate. The performance characteristics of unoptimized p-i-n solar cells with i-layers prepared from disilane were independent of the deposition rate of the i-layer. A p-i-n device was prepared at a rate close to 1 nm/s with an AM1.5 efficiency of 9/percent/. 20 refs, 26 figs, 2 tabs.

Bhat, P.K.; Chatham, H.; Madan, A.

1988-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

334

17 - Organic solar cells (OSCs)  

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Abstract The organic solar cell (OSC) is the only solar cell technology that fully addresses the challenges of manufacturing on a scale corresponding to an energy production capacity of 1 \\{GWpeak\\} per day based solely on abundant elements. This ability arises through the use of printing techniques and photoactive layers comprising carbon-based conjugated polymer materials. The technology is briefly reviewed in this chapter by describing the common device structures and materials. The second half of the chapter gives an overview on suitable roll-to-roll (R2R) processing techniques for the fabrication of OSCs. Finally some demonstration projects and future trends are illustrated.

M. Hsel; D. Angmo; F.C. Krebs

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

335

Solar tree: Exploring new form factors of organic solar cells  

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Abstract Organic solar cells have great potential as a clean and renewable solar energy conversion system, due to their low cost materials, ease of production, and lack of harmful emissions. The rapid improvement in organic solar cell performance in recent years has triggered significant interests in developing organic solar cells for commercial applications. Harnessing the unique set of characteristics of organic solar cells, here we demonstrate a new form factor for organic solar cells, a solar tree or an electricity-generating artificial tree with organic solar cells as leaves. We first fabricated polymer:fullerene based organic solar cells on flexible plastic substrates that show similar performance to devices on rigid glass substrates using the inverted device structure. Large-area flexible devices were fabricated and cut into palm leaf shapes with an active device area of 6.5cm2 using a steel rule die. 12 leaf-shaped organic solar cells were then assembled to form a prototype solar palm tree. Two different wiring configurations among the devices provided different power delivery modes: a low-voltage, high-current fan mode and a high voltage, low-current LED mode.

Weiran Cao; Zhifeng Li; Yixing Yang; Ying Zheng; Weijie Yu; Rimza Afzal; Jiangeng Xue

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Aerogel tempelated ZnO dye-sensitized solar cells.  

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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.

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

337

Elongated nanostructures for radial junction solar cells  

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In solar cell technology, the current trend is to thin down the active absorber layer. The main advantage of a thinner absorber is primarily the reduced consumption of material and energy during production. For thin film silicon (Si) technology, thinning down the absorber layer is of particular interest since both the device throughput of vacuum deposition systems and the stability of the devices are significantly enhanced. These features lead to lower cost per installed watt peak for solar cells, provided that the (stabilized) efficiency is the same as for thicker devices. However, merely thinning down inevitably leads to a reduced light absorption. Therefore, advanced light trapping schemes are crucial to increase the light path length. The use of elongated nanostructures is a promising method for advanced light trapping. The enhanced optical performance originates from orthogonalization of the light's travel path with respect to the direction of carrier collection due to the radial junction, an improved anti-reflection effect thanks to the three-dimensional geometric configuration and the multiple scattering between individual nanostructures. These advantages potentially allow for high efficiency at a significantly reduced quantity and even at a reduced material quality, of the semiconductor material. In this article, several types of elongated nanostructures with the high potential to improve the device performance are reviewed. First, we briefly introduce the conventional solar cells with emphasis on thin film technology, following the most commonly used fabrication techniques for creating nanostructures with a high aspect ratio. Subsequently, several representative applications of elongated nanostructures, such as Si nanowires in realistic photovoltaic (PV) devices, are reviewed. Finally, the scientific challenges and an outlook for nanostructured PV devices are presented.

Yinghuan Kuang; Marcel Di Vece; Jatindra K Rath; Lourens van Dijk; Ruud E I Schropp

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

338

A Solid Solar-Cell Solution  

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A Solid Solar-Cell Solution ... Some three-quarters of electricity-producing rooftop photovoltaic panels and other types of solar arrays are based on crystalline silicon cells, a well-established but expensive technology. ...

MITCH JACOBY

2012-06-11T23:59:59.000Z

339

20% efficiency silicon solar cells  

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Further improvements in crystalline silicon solar cell performance have been obtained by combining the high levels of surface recombination control demonstrated in earlier passivated emitter solar cells with an improved optical approach. This approach involves the use of microgrooved surfaces which retain the advantages of pyramidally textured surfaces while avoiding some disadvantages of the latter. The approach results in a 56% improvement in cell short?circuit current density for cells fabricated on 0.1 and 0.2 ??cm (?p type) substrates. This results in an energy conversion efficiency for these devices above 20% under standard terrestrial test conditions (AM1.5 100 mW/cm2) for the first time.

A. W. Blakers; M. A. Green

1986-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

340

EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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7/21/2010 1 EE580 ­ Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser · Lecture 05 · P-N Junction 1Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 5: P-N Junction P-N Junction · 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

Kaiser, Todd J.

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Key Physical Mechanisms in Nanostructured Solar Cells  

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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.

Dr Stephan Bremner

2010-07-21T23:59:59.000Z

342

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

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photon harvesting in organic solar cells with luminescentfor low-energy gap organic solar cells, Sol. Energy Mater.

Leow, Shin Woei

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

343

EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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

Kaiser, Todd J.

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EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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

Kaiser, Todd J.

345

Ultra-Thin Metal Films for Enhanced Solar Absorption  

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This paper presents modelled results for optical absorption in ultra-thin films of nickel, gold and silver over the solar spectrum. It is found in the case of nickel there is an optimum thickness for maximum solar absorption around 10-13nm. This effect is not observed for gold or silver. It is postulated that this is an interference effect occurring due the particular real and imaginary refractive profile of nickel across the solar spectrum.

Ahmad, N; Teng, M; Cryan, M J

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

346

Solar module having reflector between cells  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

Kardauskas, Michael J. (Billerica, MA)

1999-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

347

Optimized Designs and Materials for Nanostructure Based Solar Cells  

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and P. Peumans, Organic solar cells with solution-processedtypical thickness in organic solar cell application [4]. At

Shao, Qinghui

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

348

Monolayer MoS2 Heterojunction Solar Cells  

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Monolayer MoS2 Heterojunction Solar Cells ... molybdenum disulfide; heterojunction solar cell; 2D material; monolayer; chemical vapor deposition ...

Meng-Lin Tsai; Sheng-Han Su; Jan-Kai Chang; Dung-Sheng Tsai; Chang-Hsiao Chen; Chih-I Wu; Lain-Jong Li; Lih-Juann Chen; Jr-Hau He

2014-07-21T23:59:59.000Z

349

Efficient Light Trapping in Inverted Nanopyramid Thin Crystalline Silicon Membranes for Solar Cell Applications  

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Thin-film crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells with light-trapping structures can enhance light absorption within the semiconductor absorber layer and reduce material usage. Here we demonstrate that an inverted nanopyramid ...

Mavrokefalos, Anastassios

350

Study of charge-collecting interlayers for single-junction and tandem organic solar cells.  

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??A hole-collecting interlayer layer for organic solar cells, NiO, processed by atomic layer deposition (ALD) was studied. ALD-NiO film offered a novel alternative to efficient (more)

Shim, Jae Won

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

351

Development of Cu(2)ZnSn(S,Se)(4) based solar cells.  

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??Thin film solar cell technologies are rapidly developing, and chalcopyrite (Cu(In,Ga)Se2) based devices have demonstrated the highest power conversion efficiencies on the laboratory scale. However, (more)

Fairbrother, Andrew

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

352

Solar cells Improved Hybrid Solar Cells via in situ UV Polymerization  

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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

Sibener, Steven

353

An Introduction to Solar Cells  

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Most likely solar cells will play a significant role in this country's strategy to address the two interrelated issues of global warming and dependence on imported oil. The purpose of this paper is to present an explanation of how solar cells work at an introductory high school college or university physics course level. The treatment presented here will be qualitative and somewhat simplified in order to reach the desired audience; references are provided for a more detailed and mathematically sophisticated treatment. It is hoped that this paper will in a small way motivate students to learn more about this technology so critical to the energy and environmental future of this country.

Bernard J. Feldman

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

354

Integrated All-silicon Thin-film Power Electronics on Flexible Sheets For Ubiquitous Wireless Charging Stations based on Solar-energy Harvesting  

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into wireless charging stations. In this work, we combine the thin-film circuits with flexible solar cellsIntegrated All-silicon Thin-film Power Electronics on Flexible Sheets For Ubiquitous Wireless Charging Stations based on Solar-energy Harvesting Liechao Huang, Warren Rieutort-Louis, Yingzhe Hu, Josue

355

Neutral Color Semitransparent Microstructured Perovskite Solar Cells  

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perovskite; solar cell; semitransparent; photovoltaics; building-integrated photovoltaics; neutral color; microstructured ... Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are an attractive concept for economic generation of solar power. ... This work now enables perovskite solar cells to not only compete for high-efficiency opaque applications but also offer an ideal solution to building integrated photovoltaics: neutral-color semitransparency at comparatively high efficiency. ...

Giles E. Eperon; Victor M. Burlakov; Alain Goriely; Henry J. Snaith

2013-12-10T23:59:59.000Z

356

Spectral sensitization of nanocrystalline solar cells  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

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

2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Three-junction solar cell  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

Ludowise, Michael J. (Cupertino, CA)

1986-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

358

Organic Solar Cells: Absolute Measurement of Domain Composition and  

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Organic Solar Cells: Absolute Organic Solar Cells: Absolute Measurement of Domain Composition and Nanoscale Size Distribution Explains Performance in Solar Cells Organic Solar Cells: Absolute Measurement of Domain Composition and Nanoscale Size Distribution Explains Performance in Solar Cells Print Tuesday, 22 January 2013 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 scattering and microscopy done at the Advanced Light Source. Harald Ade and co-workers find that the fullerene molecules (red) are miscible in the polymer (blue) up to 30 wt.%, above which they begin to agglomerate (bottom). This agglomeration is important for the optoelectronic processes within the device, but the agglomerates must be kept to small sizes by the solvent processing additive diiodooctane (DIO). Correlation of this morphology with the spectrally resolved quantum efficiency shows that the yellow excitons created upon photoabsorption must arrive at the agglomerate interface for charge separation to occur. The blue electrons and green holes can then percolate through appropriate molecules in the mixed matrix to the electrodes for harvesting of electrical energy. Article Link (PDF)

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Plasmonic effect of gold nanoparticles in organic solar cells  

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Abstract Light trapping, due to the embedding of metallic nanoparticles, has been shown to be beneficial for a better photoabsorption in organic solar cells. Researchers in plasmonics and in the organic photovoltaics fields are working together to improve the absorption of sunlight and the photonelectron coupling to boost the performance of the devices. Recent advances in the field of plasmonics for organic solar cells focus on the incorporation of gold nanoparticles. This article reviews the different methods to produce and embed gold nanoparticles into organic solar cells. In particular, concentration, size and geometry of gold nanoparticles are key factors that directly influence the light absorption in the devices. It is shown that a careful choice of size, concentration and location of gold nanoparticles in the device result in an enhancement of the power conversion efficiencies when compared to standard organic solar cell devices. Our latest results on gold nanoparticles embedded in on organic solar cell devices are included. We demonstrate that embedded gold nanoparticles, created by depositing and annealing a gold film on transparent electrode, generate a plasmonic effect which can be exploited to increase the power conversion efficiency of a bulk heterojunction solar cell up to 10%.

Marco Notarianni; Kristy Vernon; Alison Chou; Muhsen Aljada; Jinzhang Liu; Nunzio Motta

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

360

Design Rules for Efficient Organic Solar Cells  

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There has been an intensive search for cost-effective photovoltaics since the development of the first solar cells in the 1950s [1-3...]. Among all the alternative technologies to silicon-based pn-junction solar

Z. Zhu; D. Mhlbacher; M. Morana; M. Koppe

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Photovoltaic properties of ferroelectric solar cells based on polycrystalline BiFeO3 films sputtered on indium tin oxide substrates  

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To study the ferroelectric photovoltaic effect based on polycrystalline films, preparation of...3 (BFO) thin films with extremely large remnant polarization (2P r = 180 C/cm2...) were successfully d...

JianNing Ding; MengJiao Chen; JianHua Qiu

2014-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

362

An Investigation of the Properties of Silicon Nitride (SiNx) Thin Films Prepared by RF Sputtering for Application in Solar Cell Technology  

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Silicon nitride films deposited on glass and multicrystalline silicon by RF sputtering with power between 100350W. The target was hot pressed Si3N4 ceramic. The morphology and optical properties of films are inv...

Negin Manavizadeh; Alireza Khodayari

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

363

Development of High-Efficiency Cd-Free Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells Using Chemically Deposited ZnS Film  

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A ZnS film covered completely the CIGS surface without pinholes. The thickness of the ZnS film could be controlled according to the cycle number of the CBD process. As the thickness of the ZnS film increased, ...

Dong Hyeop Shin; Seung Tae Kim

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

364

Photovoltaic Single-Crystalline, Thin-Film Cell Basics | Department of  

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Single-Crystalline, Thin-Film Cell Basics Single-Crystalline, Thin-Film Cell Basics Photovoltaic Single-Crystalline, Thin-Film Cell Basics August 20, 2013 - 2:50pm Addthis Single-crystalline thin films are made from gallium arsenide (GaAs), a compound semiconductor that is a mixture of gallium and arsenic. Gallium arsenide (GaAs) is a compound semiconductor, a mixture of gallium and arsenic. Gallium is a byproduct of the smelting of other metals, notably aluminum and zinc, and it is rarer than gold. Arsenic is not rare, but it is poisonous. Gallium arsenide has been developed for use in solar cells at about the same time that it has been developed for light-emitting diodes, lasers, and other electronic devices that use light. GaAs solar cells offer several benefits: The GaAs bandgap is 1.43 eV-nearly ideal for single-junction solar

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A replaceable reflective film for solar concentrators  

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The 3M Company manufactures a silvered acrylic film called ECP-305 that is regarded as the preferred reflective film for use on stretched-membrane heliostats. However, ECP-305 will degrade in time, due to both corrosion of the silver layer and delamination at the film's silver-to-acrylic interface, and will eventually need to be replaced. 3M uses a very aggressive adhesive on this film, and once it is laminated, replacement is very difficult. The purpose of this investigation was the development of a replaceable reflector, a reflective film that can be easily removed and replaced. A replaceable reflector was successfully configured by laminating ECP-305 to the top surface of a smooth, dimensionally stable polymer film, with a removable adhesive applied to the underside of the polymer film. Several stages of screening and testing led to the selection of a 0.010-inch thick polycarbonate (GE 8030) as the best polymer film and a medium tack tape (3M Y-9425) was selected as the best removable adhesive. To demonstrate the feasibility of the replaceable reflector concept and to provide a real-time field test, the chosen construction was successfully applied to the 50-m{sup 2} SKI heliostat at the Central Receiver Test Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. 4 refs., 13 figs., 7 tabs.

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1991-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Advanced Materials and Nano Technology for Solar Cells  

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AND NANO TECHNOLOGY FOR SOLAR CELLS A thesis submitted inMATERIALS AND NANO TECHNOLOGY FOR SOLAR CELLS In order tosolar cells have been introduced with this technology.

Han, Tao

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

367

Hybrid electrohydrodynamic atomization of nanostructured silver top contact for inverted organic solar cells  

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Abstract The present study is demonstrating the deposition of solution based nanostructured silver top electrode for inverted organic solar cells. The deposition of silver nanoparticles through hybrid electrohydrodynamic atomization (Hybrid-EHDA) is discussed in detail. The film thicknesses were varied with respect to spray times. The interface between the metal electrode and organic film was investigated using a focused ion beam analyzer. The sheet resistance of nanostructured silver film was reduced by increasing the film thickness. The lowest sheet resistance of silver film is ~0.07?/sq with a film thickness of 2.6m. The power conversion efficiency of fabricated devices was found to be influenced by the sheet resistance of silver film. The maximum power conversion efficiency (~2.44%) was observed at 0.07?/sq. Our results demonstrate that the Hybrid-EHDA will play a promising role in the fabrication of inverted organic solar cells using a solution based top electrode.

Junwoo Kim; Navaneethan Duraisamy; Taik-Min Lee; Inyoung Kim; Kyung-Hyun Choi

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

368

Solar Cell Modules With Improved Backskin  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

Gonsiorawski, Ronald C. (Danvers, MA)

2003-12-09T23:59:59.000Z

369

Bypass diode for a solar cell  

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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.

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

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The reversal of the laser-beam-induced-current contrast with varying illumination density in a Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} thin-film solar cell  

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We apply an array of correlated spatially-resolved techniques, including ?-Raman/photoluminescence/reflectance/laser-beam-induced-current in conjunction with scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, to study the impact of the microscopic-scale thickness inhomogeneity of CdS layer in a Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} thin-film solar cell. Thicker CdS regions are found to cause more light reflecting loss thus yield lower external quantum efficiencies and energy conversion efficiencies than the general area. However, these regions show much less efficiency degradation at high illumination intensity, leading to an inversion of laser-beam-induced-current contrast in the area mapping. While improving the CdS layer uniformity can boost the device performance, the finding further points out the possibility of operating thin-film photovoltaic devices based on the similar materials (such as CuInGaSe{sub 2}, CdTe, Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4}) under a substantially higher illumination density for concentrated photovoltaic and photo-detection.

Chen, Qiong; Zhang, Yong, E-mail: yong.zhang@uncc.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina 28223 (United States)] [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina 28223 (United States)

2013-12-09T23:59:59.000Z

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Improved monolithic tandem solar cell  

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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.

Wanlass, M.W.

1991-04-23T23:59:59.000Z

372

Improved Contact Design Methodology for Solar Cells  

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A rigorous approach to optimize the layout of the front contact under the real working condition of the solar cell is proposed.

Li, Jing-Jing; Ding, Ding; Lim, Swee Hoe; Zhang, Yong-Hang

373

Optical Biasing Effects on Multijunction Solar Cells  

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We analyze and demonstrate the electrical and optical characterization techniques for multijunction solar cells to explain and quantify measurement artifacts commonly encountered under...

Lim, Swee H; O'Brien, Kevin; Steenbergen, Elizabeth H; Zhang, Yong-Hang

374

Organic Solar Cells and Their Nanostructural Improvement  

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Organic solar cells comprised of organic semiconductors have attracted considerable attention in the ... photonics and electronics during the last decade. Organic semiconductors are a less expensive alternative t...

Serap Gnes

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

375

Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells.  

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??Bulk heterojunction organic solar cells have recently drawn tremendous attention because of their technological advantages for actualization of large-area and cost effective fabrication. Two important (more)

Yengel, Emre

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

376

Very High Efficiency Solar Cell Modules  

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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.

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

377

Optical Optimization of Organic Solar Cells  

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The electromagnetic field distribution inside multilayer organic solar cells is simulated and optimized. The relative importance of optical, electrical and morphological properties...

Monestier, Florent; Simon, Jean-Jacques; Torchio, Philippe; Escoubas, Ludovic; Flory, Franois; El Amrani, Aumeur; Moliton, Andr; Ratier, Bernard; Cathelinaud, Michel; Defranoux, Christophe

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Efficient Polymer Solar Cells - Energy Innovation Portal  

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Laboratory researchers have developed a process for producing more efficient polymer solar cells by increasing light absorption through a thin and uniform light-absorbing...

379

Parabolic-Dish Solar Concentrators of Film on Foam  

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Parabolic and spherical mirrors are constructed of aluminized PET polyester film on urethane foam. During construction, the chosen shape of the mirror is created by manipulating the elastic/plastic behavior of the film with air pressure. Foam is then applied to the film and, once hardened, air pressure is removed. At an f-number of 0.68, preliminary models have an optical angular spread of less than 0.25 degrees, a factor of 3.3 smaller than that for a perfectly spherical mirror. The possibility exists for creating large-lightweight mirrors with excellent shape and stiffness. These "film-on-foam" construction techniques may also be applicable to parabolic-trough solar concentrators but do not appear to be suitable for optical imaging applications because of irregularities in the film.

Barton, Sean A

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

380

Front contact solar cell with formed emitter  

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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.

Cousins, Peter John

2014-11-04T23:59:59.000Z

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Front contact solar cell with formed emitter  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

Cousins, Peter John (Menlo Park, CA)

2012-07-17T23:59:59.000Z

382

Experimental solar cells on the SUNSAT microsatellite  

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SUNSAT is an experimental microsatellite, built by the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. It is completely powered by 4 body-mounted GaAs solar panels, manufactured by EEV Ltd. One solar panel comprises 9 separate strings of experimental solar cells. This paper describes the design and manufacture of the experimental panel, data collection and analysis, and anticipates the experimental flight data.

Hardingham, C.; Simpson, J.; Wood, S.; Cross, T.A. [EEV Ltd., Chelmsford (United Kingdom); Uys, J.F. [Univ. of Stellenbosch (South Africa)

1997-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

383

Method for processing silicon solar cells  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

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

1997-05-06T23:59:59.000Z

384

Processing Additives for Improved Efficiency from Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells  

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Add to ACS ChemWorx ... Herein, we clarify the mechanism by which processing additives control the morphology, and using the insight provided by the mechanism, we identify an entire class of processing additives which yields still higher efficiency solar cells than those fabricated with 1,8-octanedithiol as the processing additive. ... AFM images of the BHJ films processed with the additive exhibit larger interconnected regions of PCPDTBT and larger porous domains (the C71-PCBM regions prior to selective removal) compared with images of the BHJ film cast without using the processing additive. ...

Jae Kwan Lee; Wan Li Ma; Christoph J. Brabec; Jonathan Yuen; Ji Sun Moon; Jin Young Kim; Kwanghee Lee; Guillermo C. Bazan; Alan J. Heeger

2008-02-21T23:59:59.000Z

385

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

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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 ...

Reusswig, Philip David

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

386

Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency  

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Structure of All-Polymer Solar Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Print Wednesday, 27 October 2010 00:00 Organic solar cells are made of thin layers of interpenetrating structures from two different conducting organic materials and are increasingly popular because they are both potentially cheaper to make than those currently in use and can be "painted" or printed onto a variety of surfaces, including flexible films made from the same material as most soda bottles. A large community is exploring a number of promising material combinations (polymer/fullerene, polymer/inorganic, all-polymer, and dye-sensitized cells), seeking a deeper understanding of their fundamental structure, operation, and limitations. A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the UK has now found, through microscopy and resonant scattering and reflectivity studies at ALS Beamlines 6.3.2 and 5.3.2, that the low rate of energy conversion in model all-polymer solar cells is caused by domains that are too large and interfaces that are not sharp enough. This insight will lead to new approaches to all-polymer device technology that will help realize the intrinsic potential of these materials.

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Si concentrator solar cell development. [Final report  

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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.

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

1994-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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New top layer reduces the"wiggle"that degrades the conversion of light to electricity in solar cells by absorbing  

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New top layer reduces the"wiggle"that degrades the conversion of light to electricity in solar cells by absorbing light within a specific wavelength. Today's thin-film solar cells could not function light to pass through to the cell's active layers. Until recently, TCOs were seen as a necessary

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Solar Thin Films Inc formerly American United Global Inc | Open Energy  

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Films Inc formerly American United Global Inc Films Inc formerly American United Global Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name Solar Thin Films Inc (formerly American United Global Inc) Place New York, New York Zip 10038 Sector Solar Product A US-based solar manufacturing equipment supplier. References Solar Thin Films Inc (formerly American United Global Inc)[1] LinkedIn Connections CrunchBase Profile No CrunchBase profile. Create one now! This article is a stub. You can help OpenEI by expanding it. Solar Thin Films Inc (formerly American United Global Inc) is a company located in New York, New York . References ↑ "Solar Thin Films Inc (formerly American United Global Inc)" Retrieved from "http://en.openei.org/w/index.php?title=Solar_Thin_Films_Inc_formerly_American_United_Global_Inc&oldid=351338

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Quantum Junction Solar Cells Jiang Tang,,  

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Quantum Junction Solar Cells Jiang Tang,, Huan Liu,, David Zhitomirsky,§ Sjoerd Hoogland,§ Xihua, University of Toronto, 10 King's College Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G4, Canada *S Supporting Information-type and p-type materials to create the first quantum junction solar cells. We present a family

391

Photovoltaics: Cheap, colourful solar cells  

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... composed of lead; methylammonium; and iodine or bromine, or both. Semiconductors used in solar ...solarcells ...

2013-04-17T23:59:59.000Z

392

Engineering the Electronic Band Structure for Multiband Solar Cells  

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Band Structure for Multiband Solar Cells N. López 1 , L. A.a number of new concepts of solar cells have been proposed.successful approach several solar cells using semiconductors

Lopez, N.

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

393

Oligo and Poly-thiophene/Zno Hybrid Nanowire Solar Cells  

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ZnO Hybrid Nanowire Solar Cells Alejandro L. Briseno, ThomasZnO Hybrid Nanowire Solar Cells Alejandro L. Briseno, Thomashybrid single nanowire solar cell. End-functionalized oligo-

Briseno, Alejandro L.

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS 85, 106103 (2014) Note: Calibration of EBT3 radiochromic film for measuring solar  

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work has focused on the use of film detectors for passive monitoring the solar (UVA + UVB) radiation. used the EBT film2 and EBT2 film12 for measuring solar (UVA + UVB) exposures. The EBT film had been to assess the feasibility of using the EBT3 film for measuring solar UV radiation and to provide information

Yu, K.N.

395

Enabling Thin Silicon Solar Cell Technology  

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Enabling Thin Silicon Solar Cell Enabling Thin Silicon Solar Cell Technology Enabling Thin Silicon Solar Cell Technology Print Friday, 21 June 2013 10:49 Generic silicon solar cells showing +45°, -45°, and dendritic crack patterns. The effort to shift U.S. energy reliance from fossil fuels to renewable sources has spurred companies to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of their solar photovoltaics (SPVs). The use of thinner silicon in SPV technologies is being widely adopted because it significantly reduces costs; however, silicon is brittle, and thinner silicon, coupled with other recent trends in SPV technologies (thinner glass, lighter or no metal frames, increased use of certain polymers for encapsulation of the silicon cells), is more susceptible to stress and cracking. When the thin

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High deposition rate preparation of amorphous silicon solar cells by rf glow discharge decomposition of disilane  

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The optical and electrical properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon films produced by rf glow discharge decomposition of disilane diluted in helium (Si/sub 2/H/sub 6//He = 1/9) have been studied while systematically varying the film deposition rate. The properties and composition of the films were monitored by measuring the optical band gap, IR vibrational spectrum, dark conductivity, and the photoconductivity as a function of the deposition rate. The photoluminescence of the high deposition rate films gave a peak at 1.33 eV. These films, whose properties are rather similar to those of the conventional a-Si:H films prepared from monosilane, have been used to fabricate nip-type a-Si:H solar cells. At a deposition rate of 11 A/sec, a conversion efficiency of 6.86% was obtained. This high efficiency shows that disilane is applicable for mass production fabrication of a-Si:H solar cells.

Kenne, J.; Ohashi, Y.; Matsushita, T.; Konagai, M.; Takahashi, K.

1984-01-15T23:59:59.000Z

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Recent improvements in materials for thin GaAs and multibandgap solar cells  

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The High Efficiency Concepts Program at SERI supports research on III-V compound semiconductors with the objective of achieving the maximum attainable photovoltaic conversion efficiencies for terrestrial solar electric power. The outcome of this research may also affect the future of space photovoltaic cells. While the interest in thin-film, high-efficiency solar cells for terrestrial applications is driven principally by consideration of system costs, such cells would also improve the power density of space power arrays.

Benner, J.P.

1985-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Joint Development of Coated Conductor and Low Cost Thin Film Solar Cells: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-007-213  

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UES plans on developing CIGS thin films by using Metal Organic Deposition (MOD) technique as it is a low-cost, non-vacuum method for scale-up to large area PV modules. NREL will support UES, Inc. through expert processing, characterization and device fabrication. NREL scientists will also help develop a processing phase diagram which includes composition, film thickness, annealing temperature and ambient conditions. Routine measurements of devices and materials will be done under NREL's core support project.

Bhattacharya, R.

2011-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Temperature-Stable and Optically Transparent Thin-Film Zinc Oxide Aerogel Electrodes As Model Systems for 3D Interpenetrating OrganicInorganic Heterojunction Solar Cells  

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(49) Since the formation of the ZnO aerogel in liquid dispersion involves a mechanism with temporally distinctive sol and gelation steps,(39) there is a narrow time window to yield homogeneous coating of the substrate with a thin aerogel film via dip-coating. ... Figure 2. Different materials coated with 200 nm thin ZnO aerogel-film. ... The material presented here is thus unique and superior to other reported ZnO electrode coatings. ...

Michael Krumm; Fabian Pawlitzek; Jonas Weickert; Lukas Schmidt-Mende; Sebastian Polarz

2012-11-29T23:59:59.000Z

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Advanced Materials and Nano Technology for Solar Cells  

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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

Han, Tao

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Coating for Silicon Solar Cell by Using Silvaco Software  

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

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

402

Advanced Materials and Nano Technology for Solar Cells  

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CRUZ ADVANCED MATERIALS AND NANO TECHNOLOGY FOR SOLAR CELLS12 3.2 SILVER NANOHAN ADVANCED MATERIALS AND NANO TECHNOLOGY FOR SOLAR CELLS

Han, Tao

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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...

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Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells  

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Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells The project demonstrates that superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots...

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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...

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Silicon point contact concentrator solar cells  

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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.

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

1985-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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EELS measurements of boron concentration profiles in p-a-Si and nip a-Si solar cells Bas B. Van Aken a,  

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that the optimum efficiency in nip solar cells is obtained when the p-a-SiC band gap is slightly larger than efficiency nip solar cells based on amorphous (a- Si:H) and microcrystalline (c-Si:H) silicon thin films efficiency Si solar cells, it is very important to control and limit the diffusion of B and C atoms

Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.

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Influence of Cationic Precursors on CdS Quantum-Dot-Sensitized Solar Cell Prepared by Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and  

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solar cells has grown significantly, and the technology has been considered as one of the most costInfluence of Cationic Precursors on CdS Quantum-Dot-Sensitized Solar Cell Prepared by Successive (QDs) onto porous oxide films for quantum-dot-sensitized solar cell (QDSC) applications. In this work

Cao, Guozhong

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Project Profile: Development and Productization of High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Building-Integrated PV Shingles Using Monocrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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The Solexel-OC team is developing a BIPV roofing shingle product that includes low-profile solar modules and a unique attachment system that will be fastened directly to the roof and incorporates...

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E-Print Network 3.0 - alloy solar cells Sample Search Results  

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Kaiser Summary: 7212010 1 EE580 - Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser Lecture 06 Solar Cell Materials & Structures 1... Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 6: Solar...

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Pressing energy problems provide opportunities for solid-state physicists and chemists to solve a major challenge: solar cell adoption. Though solar cells can use energy directly from the Sun to produce electricity that can be converted efficiently into other kinds of energy, they are currently too costly to compete with traditional (polluting) energy sources. The most cost-effective solar cells are not high-end, high-efficiency single-crystal devices, but rather low-end cells based on organic molecules or conducting polymers. Vital information for making organic solar cells more competitive for widespread implementation was obtained using near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy performed at ALS Beamline 8.0.1. The relevant energy levels of biomimetic dye molecules were mapped out systematically by determining their unoccupied molecular orbitals and their orientation. Organic molecules in dye-sensitized solar cells exhibit great potential to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of photovoltaic power generation by allowing a wide variety of chemical modifications and combinations with inorganic nanocrystals.

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Pressing energy problems provide opportunities for solid-state physicists and chemists to solve a major challenge: solar cell adoption. Though solar cells can use energy directly from the Sun to produce electricity that can be converted efficiently into other kinds of energy, they are currently too costly to compete with traditional (polluting) energy sources. The most cost-effective solar cells are not high-end, high-efficiency single-crystal devices, but rather low-end cells based on organic molecules or conducting polymers. Vital information for making organic solar cells more competitive for widespread implementation was obtained using near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy performed at ALS Beamline 8.0.1. The relevant energy levels of biomimetic dye molecules were mapped out systematically by determining their unoccupied molecular orbitals and their orientation. Organic molecules in dye-sensitized solar cells exhibit great potential to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of photovoltaic power generation by allowing a wide variety of chemical modifications and combinations with inorganic nanocrystals.

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Pressing energy problems provide opportunities for solid-state physicists and chemists to solve a major challenge: solar cell adoption. Though solar cells can use energy directly from the Sun to produce electricity that can be converted efficiently into other kinds of energy, they are currently too costly to compete with traditional (polluting) energy sources. The most cost-effective solar cells are not high-end, high-efficiency single-crystal devices, but rather low-end cells based on organic molecules or conducting polymers. Vital information for making organic solar cells more competitive for widespread implementation was obtained using near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy performed at ALS Beamline 8.0.1. The relevant energy levels of biomimetic dye molecules were mapped out systematically by determining their unoccupied molecular orbitals and their orientation. Organic molecules in dye-sensitized solar cells exhibit great potential to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of photovoltaic power generation by allowing a wide variety of chemical modifications and combinations with inorganic nanocrystals.

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Pressing energy problems provide opportunities for solid-state physicists and chemists to solve a major challenge: solar cell adoption. Though solar cells can use energy directly from the Sun to produce electricity that can be converted efficiently into other kinds of energy, they are currently too costly to compete with traditional (polluting) energy sources. The most cost-effective solar cells are not high-end, high-efficiency single-crystal devices, but rather low-end cells based on organic molecules or conducting polymers. Vital information for making organic solar cells more competitive for widespread implementation was obtained using near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy performed at ALS Beamline 8.0.1. The relevant energy levels of biomimetic dye molecules were mapped out systematically by determining their unoccupied molecular orbitals and their orientation. Organic molecules in dye-sensitized solar cells exhibit great potential to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of photovoltaic power generation by allowing a wide variety of chemical modifications and combinations with inorganic nanocrystals.

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Pressing energy problems provide opportunities for solid-state physicists and chemists to solve a major challenge: solar cell adoption. Though solar cells can use energy directly from the Sun to produce electricity that can be converted efficiently into other kinds of energy, they are currently too costly to compete with traditional (polluting) energy sources. The most cost-effective solar cells are not high-end, high-efficiency single-crystal devices, but rather low-end cells based on organic molecules or conducting polymers. Vital information for making organic solar cells more competitive for widespread implementation was obtained using near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy performed at ALS Beamline 8.0.1. The relevant energy levels of biomimetic dye molecules were mapped out systematically by determining their unoccupied molecular orbitals and their orientation. Organic molecules in dye-sensitized solar cells exhibit great potential to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of photovoltaic power generation by allowing a wide variety of chemical modifications and combinations with inorganic nanocrystals.

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells Print Pressing energy problems provide opportunities for solid-state physicists and chemists to solve a major challenge: solar cell adoption. Though solar cells can use energy directly from the Sun to produce electricity that can be converted efficiently into other kinds of energy, they are currently too costly to compete with traditional (polluting) energy sources. The most cost-effective solar cells are not high-end, high-efficiency single-crystal devices, but rather low-end cells based on organic molecules or conducting polymers. Vital information for making organic solar cells more competitive for widespread implementation was obtained using near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy performed at ALS Beamline 8.0.1. The relevant energy levels of biomimetic dye molecules were mapped out systematically by determining their unoccupied molecular orbitals and their orientation. Organic molecules in dye-sensitized solar cells exhibit great potential to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of photovoltaic power generation by allowing a wide variety of chemical modifications and combinations with inorganic nanocrystals.

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Conducting polymers based counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells  

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Conducting polymer films were synthesized and employed as an alternative to expensive platinum counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) thin films were spin-coated and polypyrrole films were electrochemically deposited via cyclic voltammetry method on ITO substrates. The morphology of the films were imaged by SEM and AFM. These films show good catalytic activity towards triiodide reduction as compared to Pt/FTO electrodes. Finally the photovoltaic performance of DSSC fabricated using N3 dye were compared with PT/FTO, PEDOT/ITO, and e-PPy counter electrodes.

Veerender, P., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Saxena, Vibha, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Gusain, Abhay, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Jha, P., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Koiry, S. P., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Chauhan, A. K., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Aswal, D. K., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Gupta, S. K., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com [Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai - 400085 (India)

2014-04-24T23:59:59.000Z

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Dye?sensitized Solar Cells for Solar Energy Harvesting  

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Dye?sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) also known as Gratzel cells have attracted the interests of researchers to a great extent because of its cost effective and easy manufacturing process without involving highly sophisticated lithographic technique and high cost raw materials as usually seen in conventional solar cell. Based on simple photo?electrochemical process it has got immense potential in converting solar energy to electrical power in remote and desert area where the supply of conventional power is not possible. The overall peak power?production efficiency of dye?sensitized solar cells has been reported around 11 percent so they are best suited to low?density applications and the price?to?performance ratio obtained through these solar cells is superior to others. DSSCs have ability to absorb even diffused sunlight and therefore work in cloudy whether as well without much impact over the efficiency. The present communication deals with a review of our work on DSSCs wherein we have used cost effective natural dyes/pigments as a sensitizer of nc?TiO2 and discussed about various key factors affecting the conversion efficiency of DSSC.

M. S. Roy; Y. S. Deol; Manish Kumar; Narottam Prasad; Yojana Janu

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

419

Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency  

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Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Print Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Print Organic solar cells are made of thin layers of interpenetrating structures from two different conducting organic materials and are increasingly popular because they are both potentially cheaper to make than those currently in use and can be "painted" or printed onto a variety of surfaces, including flexible films made from the same material as most soda bottles. A large community is exploring a number of promising material combinations (polymer/fullerene, polymer/inorganic, all-polymer, and dye-sensitized cells), seeking a deeper understanding of their fundamental structure, operation, and limitations. A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the UK has now found, through microscopy and resonant scattering and reflectivity studies at ALS Beamlines 6.3.2 and 5.3.2, that the low rate of energy conversion in model all-polymer solar cells is caused by domains that are too large and interfaces that are not sharp enough. This insight will lead to new approaches to all-polymer device technology that will help realize the intrinsic potential of these materials.

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Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency  

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Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Print Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Print Organic solar cells are made of thin layers of interpenetrating structures from two different conducting organic materials and are increasingly popular because they are both potentially cheaper to make than those currently in use and can be "painted" or printed onto a variety of surfaces, including flexible films made from the same material as most soda bottles. A large community is exploring a number of promising material combinations (polymer/fullerene, polymer/inorganic, all-polymer, and dye-sensitized cells), seeking a deeper understanding of their fundamental structure, operation, and limitations. A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the UK has now found, through microscopy and resonant scattering and reflectivity studies at ALS Beamlines 6.3.2 and 5.3.2, that the low rate of energy conversion in model all-polymer solar cells is caused by domains that are too large and interfaces that are not sharp enough. This insight will lead to new approaches to all-polymer device technology that will help realize the intrinsic potential of these materials.

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Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency  

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Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Print Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Print Organic solar cells are made of thin layers of interpenetrating structures from two different conducting organic materials and are increasingly popular because they are both potentially cheaper to make than those currently in use and can be "painted" or printed onto a variety of surfaces, including flexible films made from the same material as most soda bottles. A large community is exploring a number of promising material combinations (polymer/fullerene, polymer/inorganic, all-polymer, and dye-sensitized cells), seeking a deeper understanding of their fundamental structure, operation, and limitations. A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the UK has now found, through microscopy and resonant scattering and reflectivity studies at ALS Beamlines 6.3.2 and 5.3.2, that the low rate of energy conversion in model all-polymer solar cells is caused by domains that are too large and interfaces that are not sharp enough. This insight will lead to new approaches to all-polymer device technology that will help realize the intrinsic potential of these materials.

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Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency  

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Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Print Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Print Organic solar cells are made of thin layers of interpenetrating structures from two different conducting organic materials and are increasingly popular because they are both potentially cheaper to make than those currently in use and can be "painted" or printed onto a variety of surfaces, including flexible films made from the same material as most soda bottles. A large community is exploring a number of promising material combinations (polymer/fullerene, polymer/inorganic, all-polymer, and dye-sensitized cells), seeking a deeper understanding of their fundamental structure, operation, and limitations. A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the UK has now found, through microscopy and resonant scattering and reflectivity studies at ALS Beamlines 6.3.2 and 5.3.2, that the low rate of energy conversion in model all-polymer solar cells is caused by domains that are too large and interfaces that are not sharp enough. This insight will lead to new approaches to all-polymer device technology that will help realize the intrinsic potential of these materials.

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Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency  

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Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Print Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency Print Organic solar cells are made of thin layers of interpenetrating structures from two different conducting organic materials and are increasingly popular because they are both potentially cheaper to make than those currently in use and can be "painted" or printed onto a variety of surfaces, including flexible films made from the same material as most soda bottles. A large community is exploring a number of promising material combinations (polymer/fullerene, polymer/inorganic, all-polymer, and dye-sensitized cells), seeking a deeper understanding of their fundamental structure, operation, and limitations. A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the UK has now found, through microscopy and resonant scattering and reflectivity studies at ALS Beamlines 6.3.2 and 5.3.2, that the low rate of energy conversion in model all-polymer solar cells is caused by domains that are too large and interfaces that are not sharp enough. This insight will lead to new approaches to all-polymer device technology that will help realize the intrinsic potential of these materials.

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NREL Highlights SCIENCE Use of Earth-abundant materials in solar absorber films  

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NREL Highlights SCIENCE Use of Earth-abundant materials in solar absorber films is critical of these materials could open new opportunities for introducing thin-film solar technologies that combine both low near the FeS2 thin-film surfaces and grain boundaries that limit its open-circuit voltage, rather than

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Nickel-Cathoded Perovskite Solar Cells  

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Nickel-Cathoded Perovskite Solar Cells ... Current lead halide perovskite solar cells use high work function (?) precious metals, such as gold (? = 5.1 eV), as the back cathode to maximize the attainable photovoltage. ... We report herein a set of perovskite-type solar cells that use nickel (? = 5.04 eV), an earth-abundant element and non-precious metal, as back cathode and achieve the same open-circuit voltage as gold and an efficiency of 10.4%. ...

Qinglong Jiang; Xia Sheng; Bing Shi; Xinjian Feng; Tao Xu

2014-10-22T23:59:59.000Z

426

Heterojunction solar cell with passivated emitter surface  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

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

1994-05-31T23:59:59.000Z

427

Bypass diode for a solar cell  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

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

2013-11-12T23:59:59.000Z

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Effects of Cu Diffusion from ZnTe:Cu/Ti Contacts on Carrier Lifetime of CdS/CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells: Preprint  

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We study the performance of CdS/CdTe thin film PV devices processed with a ZnTe:Cu/Ti contact to investigate how carrier lifetime in the CdTe layer is affected by Cu diffusion from the contact.

Gessert, T. A.; Metzger, W. K.; Asher, S. E.; Young, M. R.; Johnston, S.; Dhere, R. G.; Duda, A.

2008-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

429

Role of Anions in Aqueous SolGel Process Enabling Flexible Cu(In,Ga)S2 Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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(1, 2) Todorov et al. demonstrated that solution process-based devices can achieve high performance, along with economical synthetic production. ... All binding energies were readjusted with respect to carbon. ... Solar Energy (2004), 77 (6), 685-695 CODEN: SRENA4; ISSN:0038-092X. ...

Yunjung Oh; Kyoohee Woo; Daehee Lee; Hongseuk Lee; Kyujin Kim; Inhyuk Kim; Zhaoyang Zhong; Sunho Jeong; Jooho Moon

2014-09-29T23:59:59.000Z

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LQ Energy LDK Solar Q Cells JV | Open Energy Information  

Open Energy Info (EERE)

LQ Energy LDK Solar Q Cells JV Jump to: navigation, search Name: LQ Energy (LDK Solar & Q-Cells JV) Place: Saxony-Anhalt, Germany Sector: Solar Product: Germany-based JV between...

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Indium oxide/n-silicon heterojunction solar cells  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

A high photo-conversion efficiency indium oxide/n-silicon heterojunction solar cell is spray deposited from a solution containing indium trichloride. The solar cell exhibits an Air Mass One solar conversion efficiency in excess of about 10%.

Feng, Tom (Morris Plains, NJ); Ghosh, Amal K. (New Providence, NJ)

1982-12-28T23:59:59.000Z

432

Organic Solar Cells: An Overview Focusing on Active Layer Morphology  

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Solar cells constructed of organic materials are becoming increasingly efficient due to ... concept. This review provides an overview of organic solar cells. Topics covered include: a brief history of organic solar

Travis L. Benanti; D. Venkataraman

2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

433

Negative refractive index materials for improved solar cells  

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Planar thin-film solar cells can exploit Fabry-Perot resonances in the spectral domain of weak absorption to make them more efficient. However, their spectral width decreases and their number increases for a thicker solar cell, both being detrimental. Here, we show that an optically complementary material, i.e., a material with a negative but otherwise identical refractive index to that of the solar cell material and with the same impedance, allows a single, spectrally immensely broad, Fabry-Perot resonance to be obtained. This is useful to enhance the absorption across the entire spectral domain of interest. If a material with the required optical response were available, a solar cell could be implemented that performs close to the Lambertian limit. However, since the idealistic material properties assumed herein cannot be achieved, an actual implementation may exploit nanostructures such as, e.g., dispersion engineered photonic crystals. In a reasonable spectral range their optical response can be close to that required.

Stephan Fahr; Carsten Rockstuhl; Falk Lederer

2013-09-03T23:59:59.000Z

434

Efficient, air-stable colloidal quantum dot solar cells encapsulated using atomic layer deposition of a nanolaminate barrier  

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Atomic layer deposition was used to encapsulate colloidal quantum dot solar cells. A nanolaminate layer consisting of alternating alumina and zirconia films provided a robust gas permeation barrier which prevented device performance degradation over a period of multiple weeks. Unencapsulated cells stored in ambient and nitrogen environments demonstrated significant performance losses over the same period. The encapsulated cell also exhibited stable performance under constant simulated solar illumination without filtration of harsh ultraviolet photons. This monolithically integrated thin film encapsulation method is promising for roll-to-roll processed high efficiency nanocrystal solar cells.

Ip, Alexander H.; Labelle, Andr J.; Sargent, Edward H., E-mail: ted.sargent@utoronto.ca [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, 10 King's College Road, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G4 (Canada)

2013-12-23T23:59:59.000Z

435

Modeling Light Trapping in Nanostructured Solar Cells  

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The integration of nanophotonic and plasmonic structures with solar cells offers the ability to control and confine light in nanoscale dimensions. These nanostructures can be used to couple incident sunlight into both localized and guided modes, enhancing ...

Vivian E. Ferry; Albert Polman; Harry A. Atwater

2011-11-14T23:59:59.000Z

436

Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells  

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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

Yengel, Emre

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

437

Organic p-i-n solar cells  

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We introduce a p-i-n-type heterojunction architecture for organic solar cells where the active region is sandwiched between...p-i-n means here a layer sequence in the form p-doped layer, intrinsic layer an...

B. Maennig; J. Drechsel; D. Gebeyehu; P. Simon; F. Kozlowski

2004-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Hybrid Silicon Nanocone-Polymer Solar Cells Sangmoo Jeong,  

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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

Cui, Yi

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Highly conductive PEDOT:PSS on flexible substrate as ITO-free anode for polymer solar cells  

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In this work, highly conductive anode based on PEDOT:PSS is proposed as substitute of Indio-Tin Oxide (ITO) in flexible solar cells. The anodic conductive polymer was spin coated on a 125 ?m thick polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) substrate. The obtained film was characterized in terms of structure and physical- chemical proprieties. The obtained results are very promising and the conductive film will be investigated in future as electrode in a complete polymeric solar cell.

Del Mauro, A. De Girolamo; Ricciardi, R.; Montanino, M.; Morvillo, P.; Minarini, C. [Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Portici Research Centre, p.le E. Fermi 1, 80055 Portici (Italy)

2014-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

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Development efforts on silicon solar cells  

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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.

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

1992-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High open circuit voltages of solar cells based on quantum dot and dye hybrid-sensitization  

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A type of solar cell based on quantum dot (QD) and dye hybrid-sensitized mesoporous TiO{sub 2} film electrode was designed and reported. The electrode was consisted of a TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle (NP) thin film layer sensitized with CdS quantum dot (QD) and an amorphous TiO{sub 2} coated TiO{sub 2} NP thin film layer that sensitized with C106 dye. The amorphous TiO{sub 2} layer was obtained by TiCl{sub 4} post-treatment to improve the properties of solar cells. Research showed that the solar cells fabricated with as-prepared hybrid-sensitized electrode exhibited excellent photovoltaic performances and a fairly high open circuit voltage of 796?mV was achieved.

Zhao, Yujie; Zhao, Wanyu; Chen, Jingkuo; Li, Huayang; Fu, Wuyou, E-mail: hari@hpu.edu.cn, E-mail: fuwy56@163.com; Sun, Guang; Cao, Jianliang; Zhang, Zhanying [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Cultivating Base for Key Laboratory of Environment-friendly Inorganic Materials in University of Henan Province, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 (China)] [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Cultivating Base for Key Laboratory of Environment-friendly Inorganic Materials in University of Henan Province, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 (China); Bala, Hari, E-mail: hari@hpu.edu.cn, E-mail: fuwy56@163.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Cultivating Base for Key Laboratory of Environment-friendly Inorganic Materials in University of Henan Province, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 (China) [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Cultivating Base for Key Laboratory of Environment-friendly Inorganic Materials in University of Henan Province, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Inner Mongolia University for the Nationalities, Tongliao 028043 (China)

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Cheap solar cells tempt businesses  

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... of Valencia in Spain, first heard about perovskites, the latest hope for low-cost solar power, in April last year. Unlike the slabs of purified silicon at the heart ... in April last year. Unlike the slabs of purified silicon at the heart of the solar ...

Richard Van Noorden

2014-09-24T23:59:59.000Z

443

Organic Solar Cells as Polymer Waveguide Integrated Photodetectors  

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Abstract We report on the integration of an organic photodetector into a polymer waveguide. The photodetector is based on thin film organic solar cells using Zinc phtalocyanine and Fulleren C60 (ZnPc:C60) as photoactive material. This approach comprises the potential for an ease of production of active electro optical components on passive optical elements. By using organic materials low cost production of integrated devices on uneven surfaces becomes possible. In first experiments we show the potential of ZnPc:C60 solar cells as photodetectors at a wavelength of 635nm. We perform simulations of this detectors put on the top surface of a polymer multi-mode waveguide. The simulation shows how light, which is guided through the waveguide can be efficiently absorbed by the photodetector without complex coupling structures.

Torsten Otto; Torsten Rabe; Sebastian Dring; Wolfgang Kowalsky

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Slow light enhanced singlet exciton fission solar cells with a 126% yield of electrons per photon  

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Singlet exciton fission generates two triplet excitons per absorbed photon. It promises to increase the power extracted from sunlight without increasing the number of photovoltaic junctions in a solar cell. We demonstrate solar cells with an external quantum efficiency of 126% by enhancing absorption in thin films of the singlet exciton fission material pentacene. The device structure exploits the long photon dwell time at the band edge of a distributed Bragg reflector to achieve enhancement over a broad range of angles. Measuring the reflected light from the solar cell establishes a lower bound of 137% for the internal quantum efficiency.

Thompson, Nicholas J.; Congreve, Daniel N.; Baldo, Marc A., E-mail: vmenon@qc.cuny.edu, E-mail: baldo@mit.edu [Energy Frontier Research Center for Excitonics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); Goldberg, David; Menon, Vinod M., E-mail: vmenon@qc.cuny.edu, E-mail: baldo@mit.edu [Department of Physics, Queens College and Graduate Center, The City University of New York, Flushing, New York 11367 (United States)

2013-12-23T23:59:59.000Z

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Predicted roles of defects on band offsets and energetics at CIGS (Cu(In,Ga)Se2/CdS) solar cell interfaces and implications for improving performance  

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, and in- deed the global operating capacity for solar photovoltaics is increasing steadily.1 CurrentlyPredicted roles of defects on band offsets and energetics at CIGS (Cu(In,Ga)Se2/CdS) solar cell ZnO sputtering on the performance of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film solar cells Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 083906

Goddard III, William A.

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Manufacture of Thin-Film Solar Cells:? Modeling and Control of Cu(InGa)Se2 Physical Vapor Deposition onto a Moving Substrate  

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It was developed at ITN Energy Systems in Littleton, CO, and Global Solar Energy in Tucson, AZ;3 the experimental deposition system described in this paper does not have an XRF sensor installed. ... The main advantage of the finite difference approach is that it is a continuous technique and, therefore, is better suited for including mass transfer or reaction kinetics. ... Because the decoupled deposition process is only single-input?single-output with simple constraints (flow rates cannot be negative), internal model control can potentially combine the advantages of unconstrained MPC, but avoid its disadvantages. ...

S. Tobias Junker; Robert W. Birkmire; Francis J. Doyle; III

2003-12-17T23:59:59.000Z

447

NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL  

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

Phuyal, Dibya

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

448

Cheaper Silicon Found Effective for Solar Cells  

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Cheaper Silicon Found Effective for Solar Cells Cheaper Silicon Found Effective for Solar Cells A research team from the University of California at Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, using U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) synchrotron light sources, has successfully shown that inexpensive silicon has the potential to be used for photovoltaic (PV) devices, commonly known as solar cells. In a new approach-whose findings were published online in Nature Materials (August 14, 2005)-the researchers used nanodefect engineering to control transition metal contamination in order to produce impurity-rich, performance-enhanced multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) material. "Solar energy is often touted as the most promising and secure energy

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Nanoscale Charge Transport in Excitonic Solar Cells  

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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.

Venkat Bommisetty, South Dakota State University

2011-06-23T23:59:59.000Z

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

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* 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

Romeo, Alessandro

451

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

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using front-facing photovoltaic cell luminescent solarwith front-facing photovoltaic cells using weighted Montefor tandem photovoltaic cells, Thin Solid Films, vol. 516,

Leow, Shin Woei

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Photovoltaic Polycrystalline Thin-Film Cell Basics | Department of Energy  

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Polycrystalline Thin-Film Cell Basics Polycrystalline Thin-Film Cell Basics Photovoltaic Polycrystalline Thin-Film Cell Basics August 20, 2013 - 2:36pm Addthis Polycrystalline thin-film cells are made of many tiny crystalline grains of semiconductor materials. The materials used in these cells have properties that are different from those of silicon. Thin-film cells have many advantages over their thick-film counterparts. For example, they use much less material. The cell's active area is usually only 1 to 10 micrometers thick, whereas thick films typically are 100 to 300 micrometers thick. Also, thin-film cells can usually be manufactured in a large-area process, which can be an automated, continuous production process. Finally, they can be deposited on flexible substrate materials. The term thin film comes from the method used to deposit the film, not from

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Laboratory experiments with silicon solar cells  

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The uses of silicon solar cells as subjects of experiments in undergraduate teaching laboratories are discussed. The basic theory of these cells is presented including equivalent circuits and characteristic equations. Fundamental experiments on the power output and efficiency which are appropriate for non?science majors courses are detailed as well as more advanced experiments on cell parameters. Experimental results and agreement with theory are presented for a typical inexpensive cell.

D. W. Kammer; M. A. Ludington

1977-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Silicon-based hybrid cell for harvesting solar energy and raindrop electrostatic energy  

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Abstract Silicon-based solar cell is by far the most established solar cell technology. The surface of a Si solar cell is usually covered by a layer of transparent material to protect the device from environmental damages/corrosions. Here, we replaced this protection layer by a transparent triboelectric nanogeneartor (TENG), for simultaneously or individually harvesting solar and raindrop energy when either or both of them are available in our living environment. The TENG is made of a specially processed polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) film, an indium tin oxide (ITO) and a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) layer. Under solar light irradiation (12W/m2) in a rainy day, the fabricated high-efficiency solar cell provides an open-circuit (Voc) of 0.43V and short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 4.2A/m2. And the TENG designed for collection of raindrop energy gives an AC Voc of 30V and Jsc of 4.2mA/m2 when impacted by water drops at a dripping rate of 0.116ml/s. In rainy days, the performance of solar cell decreased greatly, while TENG can be a good compensation as for green energy harvesting. From these results, we can see that the hybrid cell formed by a solar cell and a water-drop TENG have great potential for simultaneously/individually harvesting both solar energy and raindrop electrostatic energy under different weather conditions, especially in raining season.

Li Zheng; Zong-Hong Lin; Gang Cheng; Wenzhuo Wu; Xiaonan Wen; Sangmin Lee; Zhong Lin Wang

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL  

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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

Phuyal, Dibya

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Impact of solid-phase crystallization of amorphous silicon on the chemical structure of the buried Si/ZnO thin film solar cell interface  

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The chemical interface structure between phosphorus-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon and aluminum-doped zinc oxide thin films is investigated with soft x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) before and after solid-phase crystallization (SPC) at 600C. In addition to the expected SPC-induced phase transition from amorphous to polycrystalline silicon, our XES data indicates a pronounced chemical interaction at the buried Si/ZnO interface. In particular, we find an SPC-enhanced formation of Si-O bonds and the accumulation of Zn in close proximity to the interface. For an assumed closed and homogeneous SiO2 interlayer, an effective thickness of (5+2)nm after SPC could be estimated.

Bar, M.; Wimmer, M.; Wilks, R. G.; Roczen, M.; Gerlach, D.; Ruske, F.; Lips, K.; Rech, B.; Weinhardt, L.; Blum, M.; Pookpanratana, S.; Krause, S.; Zhang, Y.; Heske, C.; Yang, W.; Denlinger, J. D.

2010-04-30T23:59:59.000Z

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Sandia National Laboratories: high-efficiency solar cells  

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cells Sandia and EMCORE: Solar Photovoltaics, Fiber Optics, MODE, and Energy Efficiency On March 29, 2013, in Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Partnership, Photovoltaic,...

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Process for Fabrication of Efficient Solar Cells - Energy Innovation...  

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to provide low-cost solar energy conversion, flexibility, manufacturability, and are light weight. However, the efficiency of organic solar cells is about 4-6%, and increasing...

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

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solar cell efficiencies for various photovoltaic technologiessolar cells use luminescent solar concentrator technology tosolar cell efficiencies for various photovoltaic technologies

Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Engineering Schottky Contacts in Open-Air Fabricated Heterojunction Solar Cells to Enable High Performance and Ohmic Charge Transport  

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Te Solar Cells. Thin Solid Films 2006, 510, 320?324. (2) Chuang, C.-H. M.; Brown, P. R.; Bulovic,? V.; Bawendi, M. G. Improved Performance and Stability in Quantum Dot Solar Cells through Band Alignment Engineering. Nat. Mater. 2014, 13, 796?801. (3) Marin... . Mater. 2010, 22, E254?E258. (10) Sarkar, K.; Braden, E. V.; Pogorzalek, S.; Yu, S.; Roth, S. V.; Mu?ller-Buschbaum, P. Monitoring Structural Dynamics of in Situ Spray-Deposited Zinc Oxide Films for Application in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Chem...

Hoye, Robert L. Z.; Heffernan, Shane; Ievskaya, Yulia; Sadhanala, Aditya; Flewitt, Andrew; Friend, Richard H.; MacManus-Driscol, Judith L.; Musselman, Kevin P.

2014-11-24T23:59:59.000Z

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Investigating the efficiency of Silicon Solar cells at  

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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

Attari, Shahzeen Z.

462

Bimolecular recombination losses in polythiophene: Fullerene solar cells  

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Transient absorption spectroscopy is employed to monitor charge carrier decay dynamics in an annealed poly(3-hexylthiophene): methanofullerene solar cell. Comparisons of device and film data and data under applied bias demonstrate that these dynamics are dominated by bimolecular recombination. These data allow us to quantify the rate constant for bimolecular recombination, found to be strongly carrier density dependent, and thus determine the bimolecular recombination flux. By comparison with the device short-circuit photocurrent we conclude that the open-circuit voltage is primarily limited by bimolecular recombination.

C. G. Shuttle; B. ORegan; A. M. Ballantyne; J. Nelson; D. D. C. Bradley; J. R. Durrant

2008-09-09T23:59:59.000Z

463

Singlet fission efficiency in tetracene-based organic solar cells  

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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.

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

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NREL Designs Promising New Oxides for Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)  

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High-efficiency, thin-film solar cells require electrical contacts with high electrical conductivity, and the top contact must also have high optical transparency. This need is currently met by transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), which conduct electricity but are 90% transparent to visible light. Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have derived three key design principles for selecting promising materials for TCO contacts. NREL's application of these design principles has resulted in a 10,000-fold improvement in conductivity for one TCO material.

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2012-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High-efficiency concentrator silicon solar cells  

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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.

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

466

Liquid cooled, linear focus solar cell receiver  

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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.

Kirpich, Aaron S. (Broomall, PA)

1985-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

467

Liquid cooled, linear focus solar cell receiver  

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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.

Kirpich, A.S.

1983-12-08T23:59:59.000Z

468

Method of restoring degraded solar cells  

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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.

Staebler, D.L.

1983-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Method of restoring degraded solar cells  

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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.

Staebler, David L. (Lawrenceville, NJ)

1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Utilization of Direct and Diffuse Sunlight in a Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Silicon Photovoltaic Hybrid Concentrator System  

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Nanocrystalline dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and organic photovoltaics (OPV) are two families of low-cost solar devices that absorb light in the visible part of the spectrum. ... del Cueto, J. A.Comparison of Energy Production and Performance from Flat-Plate Photovoltaic Module Technologies Deployed at Fixed Tilt. ... dye-sensitized solar cell as a top cell for high-energy photons, and a Cu In Ga selenide thin-film bottom cell for lower-energy photons, produces AM 1.5 solar to elec. ...

Greg D. Barber; Paul G. Hoertz; Seung-Hyun Anna Lee; Neal M. Abrams; Janine Mikulca; Thomas E. Mallouk; Paul Liska; Shaik M. Zakeeruddin; Michael Grtzel; Anita Ho-Baillie; Martin A. Green

2011-02-28T23:59:59.000Z

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Development of new materials for solar cells in Nagoya Institute of Technology  

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Solar cells with high efficiency and low price have long been desired, however, the commercially available solar cells are still expensive and the efficiencies of them are not high enough yet. A tandem solar cell was fabricated to develop a high-efficiency solar cell, and amorphous carbon solar cells were fabricated to develop a low-price solar cell.An AlGaAs/Si tandem solar cell was successfully fabricated by heteroepitaxial growth of AlGaAs on Si substrate. At first, a pn junction was formed in Si substrate by the impurity diffusion method. Then, an AlGaAs pn junction was grown by MOCVD. Since the AlGaAs pn junction has a graded band gap emitter, the photo-excited minority carriers can be collected efficiently. The energy conversion efficiency of AlGaAs/Si tandem solar cell was 21.4% (AM0) in spite of large lattice mismatch and difference in thermal expansion coefficients between AlGaAs and Si.Solar cells were fabricated by using amorphous carbon films deposited by Ion Beam Sputtering and Pulse Laser Deposition (PLD). The highest efficiency of 1.82% (AM0) was attained with a-C(IBS)/p-C(pyrolysis)/p-Si structure. Solar cells using a-C:H were also fabricated by PLD and Plasma CVD, and the efficiencies of them were 2.1% (AM1.5) and 0.04% (AM0), respectively.Other research activities on solar cells in Nagoya Institute of Technology are briefly mentioned.

Takashi Jimbo; Tetsuo Soga; Yasuhiko Hayashi

2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Cheap solar cells tempt businesses  

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... A year later, she won a European student innovation prize, for coating flexible foil with perovskites. After that, my telephone didnt stop ringing, she says. ... composed of perovskite film sandwiched between conducting layers, are still about the size of postage stamps. To be practical, they must be scaled up, which causes efficiency to drop. ...

Richard Van Noorden

2014-09-24T23:59:59.000Z

473

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

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limit for any solar cell technology will require lightof next-generation solar cell technologies, examining thes prospects as a solar cell technology. There is a well-

Miller, Owen Dennis

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Core/Shell heterojunction nanowire solar cell fabricated by lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition method  

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in state of the art solar cell technology and how we canand second generation solar cell technology and currentof the present solar cell technology by synthesizing metal/

Ghosh, Somnath

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

475

Achieving High Performance Polymer Tandem Solar Cells via Novel Materials Design  

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polymers for organic solar cell applications. Chem. Rev.Hummelen, J. C. , Plastic solar cells. Adv. Funct. Mater.Efficient inverted polymer solar cells. Appl. Phys. Lett.

Dou, Letian

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

476

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

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the polymer and organic solar cells present the greatestlayer component in the organic solar cell is the part of theORGANIC POLYMERS SOLAR CELLS

Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Achieving High Performance Polymer Tandem Solar Cells via Novel Materials Design  

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of conjugated polymers for organic solar cell applications.characterization of organic solar cells. Adv. Funct. Mater.techniques for the organic solar cell are employed to

Dou, Letian

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

478

The Silicon Solar Cell Turns 50  

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Daryl Chapin, Calvin Fuller, and Gerald Daryl Chapin, Calvin Fuller, and Gerald Pearson likely never imagined inventing a solar cell that would revolutionize the photovoltaics industry. There wasn't even a photovoltaics industry to revolu- tionize in 1952. The three scientists were simply trying to solve problems within the Bell tele- phone system. Traditional dry cell batteries, which worked fine in mild climates, degraded too rapidly in the tropics and ceased to work when needed. The company therefore asked its famous research arm-Bell Laboratories-to explore alternative sources of freestand- ing power. Daryl Chapin got the assign- ment. At that time, his job was to test wind machines, thermoelectric gensets, and steam engines. Being a solar energy enthusiast, he suggested that the investi- gation include solar cells. His supervisor

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Solid-State Photogalvanic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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Solid-State Photogalvanic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells ... photogalvanic; dye-sensitized; solar cells; thermal; electron; transfer ... (3) Modern organic photovoltaic solar cells, wherein charge separation occurs in a photoactive layer of organic semiconductor material and must migrate to collecting electrodes,(4) can be regarded as solid-state photogalvanic cells. ...

Seare A. Berhe; Habtom B. Gobeze; Sundari D. Pokharel; Eunsol Park; W. Justin Youngblood

2014-05-29T23:59:59.000Z

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EELE408 Photovoltaics Lecture 16: Silicon Solar Cell Fabrication Techniques  

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;3 Screen Printed Solar Cells · Firing the contacts ­ The furnace heats the cell to a high temperature & Metal Closeup 14 Front and Back of Screen Printed Solar Cell 15 Crystallization Furnace for Ingot1 EELE408 Photovoltaics Lecture 16: Silicon Solar Cell Fabrication Techniques Dr. Todd J. Kaiser

Kaiser, Todd J.

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

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(MSc and PhD level) taught at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University. SOLAR CELLExperiment Based Teaching of Solar Cell Operation and Characterization Using the SolarLab Platform and interested in almost any topic. This paper presents such a hands-on approach for teaching solar cell

Sera, Dezso

482

New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology  

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New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology April 22, 2011 - 10:17am Addthis Photo courtesy of General Electric Photo courtesy of General Electric Minh Le Minh Le Program Manager, Solar Program Earlier this month, General Electric announced plans to enter the global marketplace for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in a big way - and to do it, they will be using technology pioneered at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). The record-breaking Cadmium-Telluride (CdTe) thin film photovoltaic technology GE has chosen for its solar panels was originally developed more than a decade ago by a team of scientists led by NREL's Xuanzhi Wu, and

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Origami-enabled deformable silicon solar cells  

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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.

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

484

High throughput solar cell ablation system  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

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

2012-09-11T23:59:59.000Z

485

High throughput solar cell ablation system  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

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

2014-10-14T23:59:59.000Z

486

Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David; Cousins, Peter

2012-12-04T23:59:59.000Z

487

Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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.

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

2014-07-22T23:59:59.000Z

488

III-nitride coreshell nanowire arrayed solar cells  

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A solar cell based on a hybrid nanowirefilm architecture consisting of a vertically aligned array of InGaN/GaN multi-quantum well coreshell nanowires which are electrically connected by a coalesced p-InGaN canopy layer is demonstrated. This unique hybrid structure allows for standard planar device processing, solving a key challenge with nanowire device integration, while enabling various advantages by the nanowire absorbing region such as higher indium composition InGaN layers by elastic strain relief, more efficient carrier collection in thinner layers, and enhanced light trapping from nano-scale optical index changes. This hybrid structure is fabricated into working solar cells exhibiting photoresponse out to 2.1eV and short-circuit current densities of ~1mAcm?2 under 1 sun AM1.5G. This proof-of-concept nanowire-based device demonstrates a route forward for high-efficiency III-nitride solar cells.

Jonathan J Wierer Jr; Qiming Li; Daniel D Koleske; Stephen R Lee; George T Wang

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

489

Solar-Driven Microbial Photoelectrochemical Cells with a Nanowire Photocathode  

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Solar-Driven Microbial Photoelectrochemical Cells with a Nanowire Photocathode Fang Qian,* Gongming cell (solar MPC) that can produce sustainable energy through coupling the microbial catalysis of biodegradable organic matter with solar energy conversion. The solar MPC consists of a p-type cuprous oxide

Li, Yat

490

AxunTek Solar Energy | Open Energy Information  

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AxunTek Solar Energy Jump to: navigation, search Name: AxunTek Solar Energy Place: Taiwan Sector: Solar Product: Taiwan-based CIGS thin film solar cell producer. References:...

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The silicon/zinc oxide interface in amorphous silicon-based thin-film solar cells: Understanding an empirically optimized contact  

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The electronic structure of the interface between the boron-doped oxygenated amorphous silicon 'window layer' (a-SiO{sub x}:H(B)) and aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) was investigated using hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and compared to that of the boron-doped microcrystalline silicon ({mu}c-Si:H(B))/ZnO:Al interface. The corresponding valence band offsets have been determined to be (-2.87 {+-} 0.27) eV and (-3.37 {+-} 0.27) eV, respectively. A lower tunnel junction barrier height at the {mu}c-Si:H(B)/ZnO:Al interface compared to that at the a-SiO{sub x}:H(B)/ZnO:Al interface is found and linked to the higher device performances in cells where a {mu}c-Si:H(B) buffer between the a-Si:H p-i-n absorber stack and the ZnO:Al contact is employed.

Gerlach, D.; Wilks, R. G.; Wimmer, M.; Felix, R.; Gorgoi, M.; Lips, K.; Rech, B. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, D-14109 Berlin (Germany); Wippler, D.; Mueck, A.; Meier, M.; Huepkes, J. [Institut fuer Energie- und Klimaforschung, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Wilhelm-Johnen-Strasse, D-52428 Juelich (Germany); Lozac'h, M.; Ueda, S.; Sumiya, M. [National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Yoshikawa, H. [Synchrotron X-ray Station at SPring-8, NIMS, Kouto 1-1-1, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Kobayashi, K. [Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Kouto 1-1-1, SPring-8, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Baer, M. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, D-14109 Berlin (Germany); Institut fuer Physik und Chemie, Brandenburgische Technische Universitaet Cottbus, Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee 1, D-03046 Cottbus (Germany)

2013-07-08T23:59:59.000Z

492

Near perfect solar absorption in ultra-thin-film GaAs photonic crystals  

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Near perfect solar absorption in ultra-thin-film GaAs photonic crystals Sergey Eyderman,*a Alexei Deinegaa and Sajeev Johnab We present designs that enable a significant increase of solar absorption­99.5% solar absorption is demonstrated depending on the photonic crystal architecture used and the nature

John, Sajeev

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Rapid Deposition Technology Holds the Key for the World's Largest Manufacturer of Thin-Film Solar Modules (Fact Sheet)  

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First Solar, Inc. has been collaborating with NREL since 1991, advancing its thin-film cadmium telluride solar technology to grow from a startup company to become one of the world's largest manufacturers of solar modules, and the world's largest manufacturer of thin-film solar modules.

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2013-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

494

Micro-Honeycomb Network Structure of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Heterojunction Solar Cell  

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Micro-Honeycomb Network Structure of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Heterojunction Solar Cell, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan We propose a self-organized micro-honeycomb network structure in Fig. 2. The micro-honeycomb SWNTs network film was placed on top of the substrate which has a 3 mm ? 3

Maruyama, Shigeo

495

III-V Compound Semiconductor Nanowire Solar Cells  

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Nanowire-array solar cells with core-multi-shell and axial junction were fabricated using selective-area MOVPE. Advantages are efficient light trapping and flexible solar cell by...

Fukui, Takashi; Nakai, Eiji; Chen, MuYi; Tomioka, Katsuhiro

496

3D Photonic Crystals for Photon Management in Solar Cells  

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Photon management is a key element to optimize the optical and electro-optical performance of solar cells. The potential of 3D photonic crystals for photon management in solar cells...

Wehrspohn, Ralf; Sprafke, Alexander

497

Ideal Configuration For Nanoscale Solar Cells - Energy Innovation...  

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SummaryThe standard design of excitonic solar cells, which includes most organic-based solar cells, is ideal in only two out of three dimensions. In other words, excitons can...

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P3HT:PCBM Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cell.  

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?? Organic solar cells have emerged as an important cheap photovoltaic technology. In this thesis work, a study of P3HT:PCBM heterojunction solar cells was presented. (more)

Liu, Jiang

2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Heterojunction solar cells produced by porous silicon layer transfer technology  

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In this paper, we present the result of heterojunction solar cells based on porous silicon layer transfer technology. a-Si/c-Si structured solar cells were prepared in which the c-Si ... was investigated. The spe...

Zhihao Yue; Honglie Shen; Lei Zhang; Bin Liu; Chao Gao; Hongjie Lv

2012-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Alternative technology used to manufacture semitransparent monocrystalline silicon solar cells  

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This paper presents the manufacturing technology of a new semitransparent solar cell that can be used for building integrated ... anisotropic etching. The efficiency of the semitransparent solar cell is 6.12% in...

Enik? Bndy; Mrta Rencz

2013-06-01T23:59:59.000Z