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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

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Thin silicon solar cells  

SciTech Connect (OSTI)

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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Piezoelectric, solar and thermal energy harvesting for hybrid low-power generator systems with thin-film batteries  

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The harvesting of ambient energy to power small electronic components has received tremendous attention over the last decade. The research goal in this field is to enable self-powered electronic components for use particularly in wireless sensing and measurement applications. Thermal energy due to temperature gradients, solar energy and ambient vibrations constitute some of the major sources of energy that can be harvested. Researchers have presented several papers focusing on each of these topics separately. This paper aims to develop a hybrid power generator and storage system using these three sources of energy in order to improve both structural multifunctionality and system-level robustness in energy harvesting. A multilayer structure with flexible solar, piezoceramic, thin-film battery and metallic substructure layers is developed (with the overhang dimensions of 93 mm ? 25 mm ? 1.5 mm in cantilevered configuration). Thermal energy is also used for charging the thin-film battery layers using a 30.5 mm ? 33 mm ? 4.1 mm generator. Performance results are presented for charging and discharging of the thin-film battery layers using each one of the harvesting methods. It is shown based on the extrapolation of a set of measurements that 1 mA h of a thin-film battery can be charged in 20 min using solar energy (for a solar irradiance level of 223 W m?2), in 40 min using thermal energy (for a temperature difference of 31 °C) and in 8 h using vibrational energy (for a harmonic base acceleration input of 0.5g at 56.4 Hz).

P Gambier; S R Anton; N Kong; A Erturk; D J Inman

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar Thin Power | Open Energy Information  

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Power Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Thin Power Place: New York Sector: Solar Product: Solar Thin Power was formed to seek out solar projects in North America, Asia and...

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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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Thin film solar energy collector  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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

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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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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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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

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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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Solar energy power generation system  

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A solar energy power generation system is described which consists of: (a) means for collecting and concentrating solar energy; (b) heat storage means; (c) Stirling engine means for producing power; (d) first heat transfer means for receiving the concentrated solar energy and for transferring heat to the heat storage means; and (e) second heat transfer means for controllably transferring heat from the storage means to the Stirling engine means and including a discharge heat pipe means for transferring heat to the Stirling engine means and further including means for inserting and withdrawing the discharge heat pipe means into and out of the heat storage means.

Nilsson, J.E.; Cochran, C.D.

1986-05-06T23:59:59.000Z

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Next generation solar bimodal systems  

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One of the principal advantages of a solar thermal propulsion system as compared to a conventional chemical propulsion one is high specific impulse which is proportional to the square root of a propellant temperature. Obviously, next generation solar propulsion and bimodal systems must take advantage of high and ultra-high temperatures. This requires use of an appropriate energy conversion system capable to take advantage of high temperature potentially achievable in a solar receiver. High efficiency and power density of a high temperature thermionic converter open new perspectives in the development of advanced bimodal power systems having performance significantly higher than that achievable by the state-of-the-art technology. The paper presents an innovative concept of a cascaded solar bimodal power system with a high temperature Cs-Ba thermionic converter. The paper shows that the use of high temperature Knudsen cesium-barium thermionic converter in a solar bimodal system allows to eliminate thermal insulation sleeve, generate electrical power in the propulsion mode, and precise control thermal state of the solar receiver. In the Cs-Ba thermionic converter an electron instability and high amplitude current oscillations develop. These effects can be used to obtain alternate current power directly in the converter. Possibility and potential advantage of such a generator are discussed.

Babanin, V.I.; Ender, A.Y.; Kolyshkin, I.N.; Kuznetsov, V.I.; Sitnov, V.I. [Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Paramonov, D.V. [Westinghouse Science and Technology Center, Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

1997-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

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Utility Solar Generation Valuation Methods  

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Tucson Electric Power (TEP) developed, tested and verified the results of a new and appropriate method for accurately evaluating the capacity credit of time variant solar generating sources and reviewed new methods to appropriately and fairly evaluate the value of solar generation to electric utilities. The project also reviewed general integrated approaches for adequately compensating owners of solar generation for their benefits to utilities. However, given the limited funding support and time duration of this project combined with the significant differences between utilities regarding rate structures, solar resource availability and coincidence of solar generation with peak load periods, it is well beyond the scope of this project to develop specific rate, rebate, and interconnection approaches to capture utility benefits for all possible utilities. The project developed computer software based evaluation method models to compare solar generation production data measured in very short term time increments called Sample Intervals over a typical utility Dispatch Cycle during an Evaluation Period against utility system load data. Ten second resolution generation production data from the SGSSS and actual one minute resolution TEP system load data for 2006 and 2007, along with data from the Pennington Street Garage 60 kW DC capacity solar unit installed in downtown Tucson will be applied to the model for testing and verification of the evaluation method. Data was provided by other utilities, but critical time periods of data were missing making results derived from that data inaccurate. The algorithms are based on previous analysis and review of specific 2005 and 2006 SGSSS production data. The model was built, tested and verified by in house TEP personnel. For this phase of the project, TEP communicated with, shared solar production data with and collaborated on the development of solar generation valuation tools with other utilities, including Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, Xcel and Nevada Power Company as well as the Arizona electric cooperatives. In the second phase of the project, three years of 10 second power output data of the SGSSS was used to evaluate the effectiveness of frequency domain analysis, normal statistical distribution analysis and finally maximum/minimum differential output analysis to test the applicability of these mathematic methods in accurately modeling the output variations produced by clouds passing over the SGSSS array.

Hansen, Thomas N.; Dion, Phillip J.

2009-06-30T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin film absorber for a solar collector  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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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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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Springerville Generating Station Solar System Solar Power Plant | Open  

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Springerville Generating Station Solar System Solar Power Plant Springerville Generating Station Solar System Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Springerville Generating Station Solar System Solar Power Plant Facility Springerville Generating Station Solar System Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer Tucson Electric Power Location Springerville, Arizona Coordinates 34.1333799°, -109.2859196° Loading map... {"minzoom":false,"mappingservice":"googlemaps3","type":"ROADMAP","zoom":14,"types":["ROADMAP","SATELLITE","HYBRID","TERRAIN"],"geoservice":"google","maxzoom":false,"width":"600px","height":"350px","centre":false,"title":"","label":"","icon":"","visitedicon":"","lines":[],"polygons":[],"circles":[],"rectangles":[],"copycoords":false,"static":false,"wmsoverlay":"","layers":[],"controls":["pan","zoom","type","scale","streetview"],"zoomstyle":"DEFAULT","typestyle":"DEFAULT","autoinfowindows":false,"kml":[],"gkml":[],"fusiontables":[],"resizable":false,"tilt":0,"kmlrezoom":false,"poi":true,"imageoverlays":[],"markercluster":false,"searchmarkers":"","locations":[{"text":"","title":"","link":null,"lat":34.1333799,"lon":-109.2859196,"alt":0,"address":"","icon":"","group":"","inlineLabel":"","visitedicon":""}]}

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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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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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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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Next-Generation Solar Collectors for CSP  

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This fact sheet on Next-Generation Collectors for CSP highlights a solar energy program awarded through the 2012 SunShot Concentrating Solar Power R&D awards. The team is developing new solar collector base technologies for next-generation heliostats used in power tower systems. If successful, this project will result in a 50% reduction in solar field equipment cost and a 30% reduction in field installation cost compared to existing heliostat designs.

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Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion  

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This fact sheet describes a next-generation thermionic solar energy conversion project awarded under the DOE's 2012 SunShot Concentrating Solar Power R&D award program. The team, led by Stanford University, seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of photon-enhanced, microfabricated thermionic energy converters as a high-efficiency topping cycle for CSP electricity generation. With the potential to double the electricity output efficiency of solar-thermal power stations, this topping cycle application can significantly reduce the cost of solar-thermal electricity below that of the lowest-cost, fossil-fuel generated electricity.

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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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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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Efficient light-trapping nanostructures in thin silicon solar cells  

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We examine light-trapping in thin crystalline silicon periodic nanostructures for solar cell applications. Using group theory, we show that light-trapping can be improved over a broad band when structural mirror symmetry ...

Han, Sang Eon

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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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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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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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Generation of low work function, stable compound thin films by laser ablation  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

Generation of low work function, stable compound thin films by laser ablation. Compound thin films with low work function can be synthesized by simultaneously laser ablating silicon, for example, and thermal evaporating an alkali metal into an oxygen environment. For example, the compound thin film may be composed of Si/Cs/O. The work functions of the thin films can be varied by changing the silicon/alkali metal/oxygen ratio. Low work functions of the compound thin films deposited on silicon substrates were confirmed by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). The compound thin films are stable up to 500.degree. C. as measured by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Tests have established that for certain chemical compositions and annealing temperatures of the compound thin films, negative electron affinity (NEA) was detected. The low work function, stable compound thin films can be utilized in solar cells, field emission flat panel displays, electron guns, and cold cathode electron guns.

Dinh, Long N. (Concord, CA); McLean, II, William (Oakland, CA); Balooch, Mehdi (Berkeley, CA); Fehring, Jr., Edward J. (Dublin, CA); Schildbach, Marcus A. (Livermore, CA)

2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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

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Solar Energy Generation in Three Dimensions  

E-Print Network [OSTI]

Optimizing the conversion of solar energy to electricity is central to the World's future energy economy. Flat photovoltaic panels are commonly deployed in residential and commercial rooftop installations without sun tracking systems and using simple installation guidelines to optimize solar energy collection. Large-scale solar energy generation plants use bulky and expensive sun trackers to avoid cosine losses from photovoltaic panels or to concentrate sunlight with mirrors onto heating fluids.[1,2] However, none of these systems take advantage of the three-dimensional nature of our biosphere, so that solar energy collection largely occurs on flat structures in contrast with what is commonly observed in Nature.[3,4] Here we formulate, solve computationally and study experimentally the problem of collecting solar energy in three-dimensions.[5] We demonstrate that absorbers and reflectors can be combined in the absence of sun tracking to build three-dimensional photovoltaic (3DPV) structures that can generate ...

Bernardi, Marco; Wan, Jin H; Villalon, Rachelle; Grossman, Jeffrey C

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

Rockett, Angus

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Solar Generations LLC | Open Energy Information  

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Generations LLC Generations LLC Jump to: navigation, search Name Solar Generations LLC Address 965 W. Main Street Place Branford, Massachusetts Zip 06405 Sector Solar Product Distributor of solar thermal products Website http://www.solargenerations.ne Coordinates 41.2956385°, -72.7924612° Loading map... {"minzoom":false,"mappingservice":"googlemaps3","type":"ROADMAP","zoom":14,"types":["ROADMAP","SATELLITE","HYBRID","TERRAIN"],"geoservice":"google","maxzoom":false,"width":"600px","height":"350px","centre":false,"title":"","label":"","icon":"","visitedicon":"","lines":[],"polygons":[],"circles":[],"rectangles":[],"copycoords":false,"static":false,"wmsoverlay":"","layers":[],"controls":["pan","zoom","type","scale","streetview"],"zoomstyle":"DEFAULT","typestyle":"DEFAULT","autoinfowindows":false,"kml":[],"gkml":[],"fusiontables":[],"resizable":false,"tilt":0,"kmlrezoom":false,"poi":true,"imageoverlays":[],"markercluster":false,"searchmarkers":"","locations":[{"text":"","title":"","link":null,"lat":41.2956385,"lon":-72.7924612,"alt":0,"address":"","icon":"","group":"","inlineLabel":"","visitedicon":""}]}

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

E-Print Network [OSTI]

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

E-Print Network [OSTI]

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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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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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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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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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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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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SunShot Initiative: Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation  

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Concentrating Solar Concentrating Solar Power Generation to someone by E-mail Share SunShot Initiative: Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation on Facebook Tweet about SunShot Initiative: Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation on Twitter Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation on Google Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation on Delicious Rank SunShot Initiative: Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation on Digg Find More places to share SunShot Initiative: Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation on AddThis.com... Concentrating Solar Power Systems Components Competitive Awards CSP Research & Development Thermal Storage CSP Recovery Act Baseload CSP SunShot Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative

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Low-cost distributed solar-thermal-electric power generation  

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Low-cost distributed solar-thermal-electric power generation A. Der Minassians, K. H. Aschenbach and feasibility study of a low-cost solar thermal electricity generation technology, suitable for distributed: Solar Thermal Collectors, Solar Thermal Electricity, Stirling Engine 1. INTRODUCTION In this paper, we

Sanders, Seth

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EECBG Success Story: Hybrid Solar-Wind Generates Savings for...  

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Hybrid Solar-Wind Generates Savings for South Dakota City EECBG Success Story: Hybrid Solar-Wind Generates Savings for South Dakota City July 19, 2010 - 4:05pm Addthis The small...

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Control Strategy for Wind and Solar Hybrid Generation System  

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Solar energy and wind energy are the two most viable renewable ... . This paper presents a control strategy for wind & solar hybrid power generating systems. If the power generation sources produce more ... strat...

Xin Gao

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Substrate for thin silicon solar cells  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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

Ciszek, Theodore F. (Evergreen, CO)

1995-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin film solar cell including a spatially modulated intrinsic layer  

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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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Sandia National Laboratories: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating...  

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Analysis of Glare Impacts of Ivanpah Solar Power Site On August 7, 2014, in Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Systems Analysis The...

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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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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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NREL Webinar: Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource  

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NREL Webinar: Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility NREL Webinar: Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning NREL Webinar: Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning January 14, 2014 2:00PM to 3:00PM EST Online Today's utility planners have a different market and economic context than their predecessors, including planning for the growth of renewable energy. State and federal support policies, solar photovoltaic (PV) price declines, and the introduction of new business models for solar PV "ownership" are leading to increasing interest in solar technologies, especially PV. In this free webinar, you will hear how utilities are incorporating solar generation into their resource planning processes. Analysts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Solar Electric Power

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High-efficiency third-generation silicon solar cells  

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The results of investigating third-generation matrix silicon solar cells with an efficiency of more than 25% during conversion of concentrated solar radiation are given. Electrical and optical characteristics ......

D. S. Strebkov; V. I. Polyakov

2011-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Implementation of optimum solar electricity generating system  

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Under the 10th Malaysian Plan the government is expecting the renewable energy to contribute approximately 5.5% to the total electricity generation by the year 2015 which amounts to 98MW. One of the initiatives to ensure that the target is achievable was to establish the Sustainable Energy Development Authority of Malaysia. SEDA is given the authority to administer and manage the implementation of the feed-in tariff (FiT) mechanism which is mandated under the Renewable Energy Act 2011. The move to establish SEDA is commendable and the FiT seems to be attractive but there is a need to create awareness on the implementation of the solar electricity generating system (SEGS). In Malaysia harnessing technologies related to solar energy resources have great potential for implementation. However the main issue that plagues the implementation of SEGS is the intermittent nature of this source of energy. The availability of sunlight is during the day time and there is a need for electrical energy storage system so that there is electricity available during the night time as well. The meteorological condition such as clouds haze and pollution affects the SEGS as well. The PV based SEGS is seems to be promising electricity generating system that can contribute towards achieving the 5.5% target and will be able to minimize the negative effects of utilizing fossil fuels for electricity generation on the environment. Malaysia is committed to Kyoto Protocol which emphasizes on fighting global warming by achieving stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. In this paper the technical aspects of the implementation of optimum SEGS is discussed especially pertaining to the positioning of the PV panels.

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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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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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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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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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

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Overview and Challenges of Thin Film Solar Electric Technologies  

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and Challenges of Thin and Challenges of Thin Film Solar Electric Technologies H.S. Ullal Presented at the World Renewable Energy Congress X and Exhibition 2008 Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom July 19-25, 2008 Conference Paper NREL/CP-520-43355 December 2008 NOTICE The submitted manuscript has been offered by an employee of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (ASE), a contractor of the US Government under Contract No. DE-AC36-08-GO28308. Accordingly, the US Government and ASE retain a nonexclusive royalty-free license to publish or reproduce the published form of this contribution, or allow others to do so, for US Government purposes. This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States government. Neither the United States government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any

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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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Combined desalination and power generation using solar energy.  

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??Integrated desalination and power generation using solar energy is a prospective way to help solve the twin challenges of energy and fresh water shortage, while… (more)

Zhao, Y

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Nx-TEC: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion  

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(MSE), ZX Shen (SIMES), Roger Howe (EE) Nx-TEC: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Award Number:CPS 25659 Start date:...

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High-Temperature Thermal Array for Next Generation Solar Thermal...  

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Thermal Array for Next Generation Solar Thermal Power Production Award Number: DE-EE00025828 Report Date: March 15, 2013 PI: Stephen Obrey * Technical approach is focused on...

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EIS-0416: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in San Bernardino...  

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Generating System (07-AFC-5) Project, Proposal to Construct a 400-m Megawatt Concentrated Solar Power Tower, Thermal-Electric Power Plant, San Bernardino County, California July 1,...

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Analysis of solar power generation on California turkey ranches.  

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??The objective of this thesis is to conduct a net present value analysis of installing a solar power generation system on company owned turkey grow… (more)

Palermo, Rick

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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SunShot Initiative: Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation  

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Concentrating Solar Power Generation Concentrating Solar Power Generation In 2010, DOE issued the Baseload Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Generation funding opportunity announcement (FOA). The following projects were selected under this competitive solicitation: Abengoa: Advanced Nitrate Salt Central Receiver Power Plant eSolar: Modular and Scalable Baseload Molten Salt Plant Conceptual Design and Feasibility General Atomics: Baseload CSP Generation Integrated with Sulfur-Based Thermochemical Heat Storage HiTek: Low-Cost Heliostat Development Infinia: Innovative Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage Solution for Baseload Power PPG: Next-Generation Low-Cost Reflector Rocketdyne: Solar Power Tower Improvements with the Potential to Reduce Costs SENER: High-Efficiency Thermal Storage System for Solar Plants

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Automatic generation and analysis of solar cell IV curves  

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A photovoltaic system includes multiple strings of solar panels and a device presenting a DC load to the strings of solar panels. Output currents of the strings of solar panels may be sensed and provided to a computer that generates current-voltage (IV) curves of the strings of solar panels. Output voltages of the string of solar panels may be sensed at the string or at the device presenting the DC load. The DC load may be varied. Output currents of the strings of solar panels responsive to the variation of the DC load are sensed to generate IV curves of the strings of solar panels. IV curves may be compared and analyzed to evaluate performance of and detect problems with a string of solar panels.

Kraft, Steven M.; Jones, Jason C.

2014-06-03T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar Generation Has a Bright Future | Department of Energy  

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Generation Has a Bright Future Generation Has a Bright Future Solar Generation Has a Bright Future September 12, 2012 - 3:06pm Addthis Growth of Solar Power Electricity Generation in the United States, 1999-2013 | Chart provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration Growth of Solar Power Electricity Generation in the United States, 1999-2013 | Chart provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration Matthew Loveless Matthew Loveless Data Integration Specialist, Office of Public Affairs The amount of electricity the United States generates from solar power has started to grow rapidly and is projected to reach 18,000 megawatt hours per day in 2013. A growing solar industry presents a tremendous economic opportunity for the United States, and that is why the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative

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Solar Valuation and the Modern Utility's Expansion into Distributed Generation  

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Residential solar's diffusion across the U.S. power grid is inspiring concern in the utility industry. Of particular debate have been net energy metering policies (NEM), which engender revenue losses and lead to cross-subsidization of solar customers by non-solar customers. An emerging alternative to NEM is the value of solar tariff (VOST), which is designed to pay residential solar generation based on a more nuanced benefit-cost analysis to determine the actual value of residential solar to utility operations.

Griselda Blackburn; Clare Magee; Varun Rai

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

Plotnikov, Victor

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Improvements to solar thermoelectric generators through device design  

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A solar thermoelectric generator (STEG) is a device which converts sunlight into electricity through the thermoelectric effect. A STEG is nominally formed when a thermoelectric generator (TEG), a type of solid state heat ...

Weinstein, Lee A. (Lee Adragon)

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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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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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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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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Solar Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California | Department of  

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Solar Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California Solar Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California Solar Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California October 15, 2012 - 4:40pm Addthis A portion of the new 141 kilowatt solar photovoltaic energy system at Monterey County’s Laurel Yard Complex in Salinas, California. The system is expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. Click here to see a panoramic view of the entire solar array. | Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz Westside Electric, DBA Sandbar. A portion of the new 141 kilowatt solar photovoltaic energy system at Monterey County's Laurel Yard Complex in Salinas, California. The system is expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in energy costs.

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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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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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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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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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Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion  

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Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Award Number: CPS 25659 | April 15, 2013 | Melosh * Fabricate heterostructure semiconductor cathodes based...

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Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion  

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Microscale-enhanced thermionic emitters will enable high-efficiency, solar-to-electrical conversion by taking advantage of both heat and light. Image from Stanford University...

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High-Temperature Solar Thermoelectric Generators (STEG)  

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This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

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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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Approaches to Future Generation Photovoltaics and Solar Fuels: Multiple Exciton Generation in Quantum Dots, Quantum Dot Arrays, Molecular Singlet Fission, and Quantum Dot Solar Cells  

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One potential, long-term approach to more efficient future generation solar cells is to utilize the unique properties of quantum dots (QDs) and unique molecular chromophores to control the relaxation pathways of excited states to produce enhanced conversion efficiency through efficient multiple electron-hole pair generation from single photons . We have observed efficient multiple exciton generation (MEG) in PbSe, PbS, PbTe, and Si QDs and efficient singlet fission (SF) in molecules that satisfy specific requirements for their excited state energy level structure to achieve carrier multiplication. We have studied MEG in close-packed QD arrays where the QDs are electronically coupled in the films and thus exhibit good transport while still maintaining quantization and MEG. We have developed simple, all-inorganic QD solar cells that produce large short-circuit photocurrents and power conversion efficiencies in the 3-5% range via both nanocrystalline Schottky junctions and nanocrystalline p-n junctions. These solar cells also show QYs for photocurrent that exceed 100% in the photon energy regions where MEG is possible; the photocurrent MEG QYs as a function of photon energy match those determined via time-resolved spectroscopy. We have also observed very efficient SF in thin films of molecular crystals of 1,3 diphenylisobenzofuran with quantum yields of 200% at the optimum SF threshold of 2Eg (HOMO-LUMO for S{sub 0}-S{sub 1}), reflecting the creation of two excited triplet states from the first excited singlet state. Various possible configurations for novel solar cells based on MEG in QDs and SF in molecules that could produce high conversion efficiencies will be presented, along with progress in developing such new types of solar cells. Recent analyses of the effect of MEG or SF combined with solar concentration on the conversion efficiency of solar cells will be discussed.

Nozik, A. J.; Beard, M. C.; Johnson, J. C.; Hanna, M. C.; Luther, J. M.; Midgett, A.; Semonin, O.; Michel, J.

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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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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Solana Generating Plant Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information  

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Plant Solar Power Plant Plant Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Solana Generating Plant Solar Power Plant Facility Solana Generating Plant Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Solar Power Facility Status Under Construction Developer Abengoa Solar Location Gila Bend, Arizona Coordinates 32.916163°, -112.968727° Loading map... {"minzoom":false,"mappingservice":"googlemaps3","type":"ROADMAP","zoom":14,"types":["ROADMAP","SATELLITE","HYBRID","TERRAIN"],"geoservice":"google","maxzoom":false,"width":"600px","height":"350px","centre":false,"title":"","label":"","icon":"","visitedicon":"","lines":[],"polygons":[],"circles":[],"rectangles":[],"copycoords":false,"static":false,"wmsoverlay":"","layers":[],"controls":["pan","zoom","type","scale","streetview"],"zoomstyle":"DEFAULT","typestyle":"DEFAULT","autoinfowindows":false,"kml":[],"gkml":[],"fusiontables":[],"resizable":false,"tilt":0,"kmlrezoom":false,"poi":true,"imageoverlays":[],"markercluster":false,"searchmarkers":"","locations":[{"text":"","title":"","link":null,"lat":32.916163,"lon":-112.968727,"alt":0,"address":"","icon":"","group":"","inlineLabel":"","visitedicon":""}]}

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Conditional Loan Guarantee to Support California Solar Generation Project |  

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Conditional Loan Guarantee to Support California Solar Generation Conditional Loan Guarantee to Support California Solar Generation Project Conditional Loan Guarantee to Support California Solar Generation Project April 12, 2011 - 3:08pm Addthis An artist rendering of what the California Valley Solar Ranch project will look like post-construction . | courtesy of SunPower Corporation An artist rendering of what the California Valley Solar Ranch project will look like post-construction . | courtesy of SunPower Corporation Ginny Simmons Ginny Simmons Former Managing Editor for Energy.gov, Office of Public Affairs What does the project do? The project is expected to create more than 350 jobs, produce enough energy to power 60,000 homes, and avoid more than 430,000 tons of carbon pollution each year. Secretary Chu just announced an offer of a conditional commitment for a

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Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study Solar Dataset (Presentation)  

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory produced solar power production data for the Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS) including "real time" 5-minute interval data, "four hour ahead forecast" 60-minute interval data, and "day-ahead forecast" 60-minute interval data for the year 2006. This presentation provides a brief overview of the three solar power datasets.

Hummon, M.

2014-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar energy generation in three dimensions  

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We formulate, solve computationally and study experimentally the problem of collecting solar energy in three dimensions. We demonstrate that absorbers and reflectors can be combined in the absence of sun tracking to build ...

Bernardi, Marco

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Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant | Open Energy  

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Center Solar Power Plant Center Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Facility Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Solar Power Facility Status In Service Developer FPL Energy Location Martin County, Florida Coordinates 27.051214°, -80.553389° Loading map... {"minzoom":false,"mappingservice":"googlemaps3","type":"ROADMAP","zoom":14,"types":["ROADMAP","SATELLITE","HYBRID","TERRAIN"],"geoservice":"google","maxzoom":false,"width":"600px","height":"350px","centre":false,"title":"","label":"","icon":"","visitedicon":"","lines":[],"polygons":[],"circles":[],"rectangles":[],"copycoords":false,"static":false,"wmsoverlay":"","layers":[],"controls":["pan","zoom","type","scale","streetview"],"zoomstyle":"DEFAULT","typestyle":"DEFAULT","autoinfowindows":false,"kml":[],"gkml":[],"fusiontables":[],"resizable":false,"tilt":0,"kmlrezoom":false,"poi":true,"imageoverlays":[],"markercluster":false,"searchmarkers":"","locations":[{"text":"","title":"","link":null,"lat":27.051214,"lon":-80.553389,"alt":0,"address":"","icon":"","group":"","inlineLabel":"","visitedicon":""}]}

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Solar generator performance with load matching to water electrolysis  

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A 7 W generator, based on monocrystalline silicon solar cells, was directly wired to an electronic load, simulating the current-voltage characteristic of an advanced water electrolyser. System performance was ...

K. Freudenberg

1982-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High-Temperature Thermal Array for Next Generation Solar Thermal...  

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3 Q1 High-Temperature Thermal Array for Next Generation Solar Thermal Power Production - FY13 Q1 This document summarizes the progress of this Los Alamos National Laboratory...

106

Power generation using solar power plant.  

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??Pursuing the commitment of California State to generate at least 20 percent of total generated energy from the renewable source by the year 2010 rather… (more)

Amin, Parth

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program Review 2013 | Department...  

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Films and Panels for Next Generation Solar Collectors, Attila Molnar, 3M Company Low-Cost Light Weight Thin Film Solar Concentrators, Gani Ganapathi, Jet Propulsion Laboratory...

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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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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

111

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

112

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

113

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

114

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

115

Approaches to fabricating high-efficiency ultra-thin CdTe solar cells.  

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??This thesis is an investigation of the fabrication, characterization and performance of high-efficiency and ultra-thin CdTe solar cells with an aim of reducing the material… (more)

Xia, Wei (1981 - )

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

116

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

117

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

118

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

119

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

120

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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Solar Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California | Department of  

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Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California Solar Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California October 15, 2012 - 4:40pm Addthis A portion of the new 141 kilowatt solar photovoltaic energy system at Monterey County’s Laurel Yard Complex in Salinas, California. The system is expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. Click here to see a panoramic view of the entire solar array. | Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz Westside Electric, DBA Sandbar. A portion of the new 141 kilowatt solar photovoltaic energy system at Monterey County's Laurel Yard Complex in Salinas, California. The system is expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in energy costs.

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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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Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant | Open  

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Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Facility Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer FPL Energy Location Orlando, Florida Coordinates 28.5383355°, -81.3792365° Loading map... {"minzoom":false,"mappingservice":"googlemaps3","type":"ROADMAP","zoom":14,"types":["ROADMAP","SATELLITE","HYBRID","TERRAIN"],"geoservice":"google","maxzoom":false,"width":"600px","height":"350px","centre":false,"title":"","label":"","icon":"","visitedicon":"","lines":[],"polygons":[],"circles":[],"rectangles":[],"copycoords":false,"static":false,"wmsoverlay":"","layers":[],"controls":["pan","zoom","type","scale","streetview"],"zoomstyle":"DEFAULT","typestyle":"DEFAULT","autoinfowindows":false,"kml":[],"gkml":[],"fusiontables":[],"resizable":false,"tilt":0,"kmlrezoom":false,"poi":true,"imageoverlays":[],"markercluster":false,"searchmarkers":"","locations":[{"text":"","title":"","link":null,"lat":28.5383355,"lon":-81.3792365,"alt":0,"address":"","icon":"","group":"","inlineLabel":"","visitedicon":""}]}

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DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant | Open Energy  

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Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Facility DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer FPL Energy Location DeSoto County, Florida Coordinates 27.2142078°, -81.7787021° Loading map... {"minzoom":false,"mappingservice":"googlemaps3","type":"ROADMAP","zoom":14,"types":["ROADMAP","SATELLITE","HYBRID","TERRAIN"],"geoservice":"google","maxzoom":false,"width":"600px","height":"350px","centre":false,"title":"","label":"","icon":"","visitedicon":"","lines":[],"polygons":[],"circles":[],"rectangles":[],"copycoords":false,"static":false,"wmsoverlay":"","layers":[],"controls":["pan","zoom","type","scale","streetview"],"zoomstyle":"DEFAULT","typestyle":"DEFAULT","autoinfowindows":false,"kml":[],"gkml":[],"fusiontables":[],"resizable":false,"tilt":0,"kmlrezoom":false,"poi":true,"imageoverlays":[],"markercluster":false,"searchmarkers":"","locations":[{"text":"","title":"","link":null,"lat":27.2142078,"lon":-81.7787021,"alt":0,"address":"","icon":"","group":"","inlineLabel":"","visitedicon":""}]}

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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.

126

Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning  

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Treatment of Solar Generation Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning John Sterling Solar Electric Power Association Joyce McLaren National Renewable Energy Laboratory Mike Taylor Solar Electric Power Association Karlynn Cory National Renewable Energy Laboratory Technical Report NREL/TP-6A20-60047 October 2013 NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC This report is available at no cost from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at www.nrel.gov/publications. Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 National Renewable Energy Laboratory 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden, CO 80401 303-275-3000 * www.nrel.gov

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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 solar dynamic space power generation system  

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Space power technologies have undergone significant advances over the past few years, and great emphasis is being placed on the development of dynamic power systems at this time. A design study has been conducted to evaluate the applicability of a combined cycle concept-closed Brayton cycle and organic Rankine cycle coupling-for solar dynamic space power generation systems. In the concept presented in this paper (solar dynamic combined cycle), the waste heat rejected by the closed Brayton cycle working fluid is utilized to heat the organic working fluid of an organic Rankine cycle system. This allows the solar dynamic combined cycle efficiency to be increased compared to the efficiencies of two subsystems (closed Brayton cycle and organic fluid cycle). Also, for small-size space power systems (up to 50 kW), the efficiency of the solar dynamic combined cycle can be comparable with Stirling engine performance. The closed Brayton cycle and organic Rankine cycle designs are based on a great deal of maturity assessed in much previous work on terrestrial and solar dynamic power systems. This is not yet true for the Stirling cycles. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the performance of the new space power generation system (solar dynamic combined cycle). The significant benefits of the solar dynamic combined cycle concept such as efficiency increase, mass reduction, specific area-collector and radiator-reduction, are presented and discussed for a low earth orbit space station application.

Massardo, A. (Dept. di Ingegneria Energetica, Univ. di Genova, 16145 Genova (IT))

1991-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Tax Credits Give Thin-Film Solar a Big Boost | Department of Energy  

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Tax Credits Give Thin-Film Solar a Big Boost Tax Credits Give Thin-Film Solar a Big Boost Tax Credits Give Thin-Film Solar a Big Boost October 18, 2010 - 2:00pm Addthis MiaSolé will expand its capacity to make its thin-film solar panels by more than ten times, thanks to two Recovery Act tax credits.| Photo courtesy of MiaSolé MiaSolé will expand its capacity to make its thin-film solar panels by more than ten times, thanks to two Recovery Act tax credits.| Photo courtesy of MiaSolé Lorelei Laird Writer, Energy Empowers What are the key facts? MiaSolé adding more than ten times its current manufacturing capacity Company expects to double or triple its workforce with expansion Expansion is funded by $101 million in Recovery Act tax credit For MiaSolé, a relative newcomer to the solar energy market, 2010 has been

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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

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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; Alù, Andrea

132

Solar thermal organic rankine cycle for micro-generation  

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The conceptual design of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) driven by solar thermal energy is developed for the decentralized production of electricity of up to 50 kW. Conventional Rankine Cycle uses water as the working fluid whereas ORC uses organic compound as the working fluid and it is particularly suitable for low temperature applications. The ORC and the solar collector will be sized according to the solar flux distribution in the Republic of Yemen for the required power output of 50 kW. This will be a micro power generation system that consists of two cycles the solar thermal cycle that harness solar energy and the power cycle which is the ORC that generates electricity. As for the solar thermal cycle heat transfer fluid (HTF) circulates the cycle while absorbing thermal energy from the sun through a parabolic trough collector and then storing it in a thermal storage to increase system efficiency and maintains system operation during low radiation. The heat is then transferred to the organic fluid in the ORC via a heat exchanger. The organic fluids to be used and analyzed in the ORC are hydrocarbons R600a and R290.

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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

134

Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning  

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Today's utility planners have a different market and economic context than their predecessors, including planning for the growth of renewable energy. State and federal support policies, solar photovoltaic (PV) price declines, and the introduction of new business models for solar PV 'ownership' are leading to increasing interest in solar technologies (especially PV); however, solar introduces myriad new variables into the utility resource planning decision. Most, but not all, utility planners have less experience analyzing solar than conventional generation as part of capacity planning, portfolio evaluation, and resource procurement decisions. To begin to build this knowledge, utility staff expressed interest in one effort: utility exchanges regarding data, methods, challenges, and solutions for incorporating solar in the planning process. Through interviews and a questionnaire, this report aims to begin this exchange of information and capture utility-provided information about: 1) how various utilities approach long-range resource planning; 2) methods and tools utilities use to conduct resource planning; and, 3) how solar technologies are considered in the resource planning process.

Sterling, J.; McLaren, J.; Taylor, M.; Cory, K.

2013-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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)

2014-02-17T23:59:59.000Z

136

Predicting Solar Generation from Weather Forecasts Using Machine Learning  

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Predicting Solar Generation from Weather Forecasts Using Machine Learning Navin Sharma, Pranshu Sharma, David Irwin, and Prashant Shenoy Department of Computer Science University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, Massachusetts 01003 {nksharma,pranshus,irwin,shenoy}@cs.umass.edu Abstract--A key goal

Shenoy, Prashant

137

Low-Cost Light Weigh Thin Film Solar Concentrators  

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This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

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Radioisotope thermoelectric generator/thin fragment impact test  

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The General-Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) provides power for space missions by transmitting the heat of {sup 238}Pu decay to an array of thermoelectric elements in a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). Because the potential for a launch abort or return from orbit exists for any space mission, the heat source response to credible accident scenarios is being evaluated. This test was designed to provide information on the response of a loaded RTG to impact by a fragment similar to the type of fragment produced by breakup of the spacecraft propulsion module system (PMS). The results of this test indicated that impact of the RTG by a thin aluminum fragment traveling at 306 m/s may result in significant damage to the converter housing, failure of one fueled clad, and release of a small quantity of fuel.

Reimus, M. A. H.; Hinckley, J. E. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, MS-E502, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)

1998-01-15T23:59:59.000Z

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Radioisotope thermoelectric generator/thin fragment impact test  

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The General-Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) provides power for space missions by transmitting the heat of {sup 238}Pu decay to an array of thermoelectric elements in a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). Because the potential for a launch abort or return from orbit exists for any space mission, the heat source response to credible accident scenarios is being evaluated. This test was designed to provide information on the response of a loaded RTG to impact by a fragment similar to the type of fragment produced by breakup of the spacecraft propulsion module system (PMS). The results of this test indicated that impact of the RTG by a thin aluminum fragment traveling at 306 m/s may result in significant damage to the converter housing, failure of one fueled clad, and release of a small quantity of fuel. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

Reimus, M.A.; Hinckley, J.E. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, MS-E502, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)

1998-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Radioisotope thermoelectric generator/thin fragment impact test  

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The General-Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) provides power for space missions by transmitting the heat of {sup 238}Pu decay to an array of thermoelectric elements in a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). Because the potential for a launch abort or return from orbit exists for any space mission, the heat source response to credible accident scenarios is being evaluated. This test was designed to provide information on the response of a loaded RTG to impact by a fragment similar to the type of fragment produced by breakup of the spacecraft propulsion module system (PMS). The results of this test indicated that impact of the RTG by a thin aluminum fragment traveling at 306 m/s may result in significant damage to the convertor housing, failure of one fueled clad, and release of a small quantity of fuel.

Reimus, M.A.H.; Hinckley, J.E.

1998-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

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141

Generation of mirage effect by heated carbon nanotube thin film  

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Mirage effect, a common phenomenon in nature, is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which lights are bent due to the gradient variation of refraction in the temperature gradient medium. The theoretical analysis of mirage effect generated by heated carbon nanotube thin film is presented both for gas and liquid. Excellent agreement is demonstrated through comparing the theoretical prediction with published experimental results. It is concluded from the theoretical prediction and experimental observation that the mirage effect is more likely to happen in liquid. The phase of deflected optical beam is also discussed and the method for measurement of thermal diffusivity of medium is theoretically verified. Furthermore, a method for measuring the refractive index of gas by detecting optical beam deflection is also presented in this paper.

Tong, L. H. [Department of Modern Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); USTC-CityU Joint Advanced Research Centre, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Lim, C. W., E-mail: bccwlim@cityu.edu.hk [USTC-CityU Joint Advanced Research Centre, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China and City University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Research Institute, Shenzhen 518057 (China); Li, Y. C. [Department of Modern Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Zhang, Chuanzeng; Quoc Bui, Tinh [Department of Civil Engineering, University of Siegen, Paul-Bonatz-Str. 9-11, D-57076 Siegen (Germany)

2014-06-28T23:59:59.000Z

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Robust Thin-Film Generator Based on Segmented Contact-Electrification for Harvesting Wind Energy  

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Robust Thin-Film Generator Based on Segmented Contact-Electrification for Harvesting Wind Energy ... energies in a wide range of forms. ...

Xian Song Meng; Guang Zhu; Zhong Lin Wang

2014-05-13T23:59:59.000Z

143

SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion  

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Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion to someone by E-mail Share SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion on Facebook Tweet about SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion on Twitter Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion on Google Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion on Delicious Rank SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion on Digg Find More places to share SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion on AddThis.com... Concentrating Solar Power Systems Components Competitive Awards CSP Research & Development Thermal Storage CSP Recovery Act Baseload

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SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Solar Collectors for CSP  

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Next-Generation Solar Collectors Next-Generation Solar Collectors for CSP to someone by E-mail Share SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Solar Collectors for CSP on Facebook Tweet about SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Solar Collectors for CSP on Twitter Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Solar Collectors for CSP on Google Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Solar Collectors for CSP on Delicious Rank SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Solar Collectors for CSP on Digg Find More places to share SunShot Initiative: Next-Generation Solar Collectors for CSP on AddThis.com... Concentrating Solar Power Systems Components Competitive Awards CSP Research & Development Thermal Storage CSP Recovery Act Baseload CSP SunShot Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative CSP Heat Integration for Baseload Renewable Energy Deployment

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Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Generation Toolkit-Solar | Open Energy  

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Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Generation Toolkit-Solar Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Generation Toolkit-Solar Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary Name: Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Generation Toolkit-Solar Agency/Company /Organization: United States Agency for International Development Sector: Energy Focus Area: Solar Resource Type: Training materials Website: www.energytoolbox.org/gcre/mod_5/index.shtml Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Generation Toolkit-Solar Screenshot References: Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Generation Toolkit-Solar[1] Logo: Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Generation Toolkit-Solar GCREsolar.JPG References ↑ "Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Generation Toolkit-Solar" Retrieved from "http://en.openei.org/w/index.php?title=Grid-Connected_Renewable_Energy_Generation_Toolkit-Solar&oldid=375083

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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

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Hydrodynamic analysis of direct steam generation solar collectors  

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Direct steam generation collectors are considered with the aim to improve the performance of a parabolic trough collector leading to a reduction of operating costs of solar electric generation systems. In this study a hydrodynamic steady state model is developed and linked with a thermal model to optimize the performance of once-through direct steam generation solar collectors. The hydrodynamic model includes flow pattern classification and a pressure drop model. Flow pattern maps for typical DSG collectors with horizontal and inclined absorber tubes are generated to investigate the variation of flow conditions with radiation level, tube diameter, tube length and flow rate. Two-phase flow frictional pressure drop correlations for the range of operating conditions in a DSG collector are selected from the wide range of published correlations by comparison with experimental data for typical steam-water flow conditions in a DSG collector. Pressure drop is calculated for different operating conditions for both horizontal and inclined solar absorber tubes. Alternative operational strategies are evaluated to achieve optimum performance of a direct steam generation collector at different radiation levels.

Odeh, S.D.; Behnia, M.; Morrison, G.L.

2000-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Light Trapping for Thin Silicon Solar Cells by Femtosecond Laser Texturing: Preprint  

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Femtosecond laser texturing is used to create nano- to micron-scale surface roughness that strongly enhances light-trapping in thin crystalline silicon solar cells. Light trapping is crucial for thin solar cells where a single light-pass through the absorber is insufficient to capture the weakly absorbed red and near-infrared photons, especially with an indirect-gap semiconductor absorber layer such as crystalline Si which is less than 20 um thick. We achieve enhancement of the optical absorption from light-trapping that approaches the Yablonovitch limit.

Lee, B. G.; Lin, Y. T.; Sher, M. J.; Mazur, E.; Branz, H. M.

2012-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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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 PV�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

2012-06-11T23:59:59.000Z

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Next Generation Solar Collectors for CSP - FY13 Q1 | Department...  

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Next Generation Solar Collectors for CSP - FY13 Q1 Next Generation Solar Collectors for CSP - FY13 Q1 This document summarizes the progress of this 3M project, funded by SunShot,...

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Power generation considerations in a solar biomodal receiver  

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The Integrated Solar Upper Stage (ISUS), or solar bimodal stage provides both propulsive thrust for efficient orbital transfer(s) and electrical power generation for the spacecraft. The combined propulsive and power systems allow the solar bimodal system to effectively compete for a variety of missions. Once on station, thermionic converters are used to supply continuous electrical power to the satellite, even during periods when the spacecraft is in the Earth`s shadow. The key to continuous power supply is thermal energy storage. The ISUS propulsion system also benefits through the use of thermal storage. By utilizing a graphite receiver, large amounts of sensible heat can be stored for later power generation. Waste heat is radiated to space through the use of heat pipes. Clearly, the graphite mass must be minimized without sacrificing electrical power capability. Voltage and current characteristics are carefully designed to operate within acceptable ranges. The detailed design of the receiver/absorber/converter (RAC) power system must meet these requirements with as little impact to the remainder of the bimodal system as possible. This paper addresses the key design considerations of a solar bimodal receiver as a power plant. Factors including the thermal storage and heat transfer from the graphite receiver to the thermionic converters, the support structures, electrical insulation and converter string design will be discussed.

Rochow, R.F. [NovaTech, Lynchburg, VA (United States); Miles, B.J. [Babcock and Wilcox, Lynchburg, VA (United States)

1996-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

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CDCA Final EIS for Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System  

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CALIFORNIA DESERT CONSERVATION AREA PLAN CALIFORNIA DESERT CONSERVATION AREA PLAN AMENDMENT / FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR IVANPAH SOLAR ELECTRIC GENERATING SYSTEM FEIS-10-31 JULY 2010 BLM/CA/ES-2010-010+1793 In Reply Refer To: In reply refer to: 1610-5.G.1.4 2800lCACA-48668 Dear Reader: Enclosed is the proposed California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement (CDCA Plan Amendment/FEIS) for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) project. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prepared the CDCA Plan Amendment/FEIS for the ISEGS project in consultation with cooperating agencies and California State agencies, taking into account public comments received during the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The proposed plan amendment adds the Ivanpah

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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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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. [IEK5—Photovoltaik, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, 52425 Jülich (Germany); Michaelis, D.; Waechter, C. [Fraunhofer Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik, Albert Einstein Str. 7, D-07745 Jena (Germany)

2014-03-31T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Stirling Engines for Low-Temperature Solar-Thermal-Electric Power Generation  

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Stirling Engines for Low-Temperature Solar-Thermal- Electric Power Generation Artin Der Minassians-Temperature Solar-Thermal-Electric Power Generation by Artin Der Minassians Karshenasi (Amirkabir University-Temperature Solar-Thermal-Electric Power Generation Copyright c 2007 by Artin Der Minassians #12;1 Abstract Stirling

Sanders, Seth

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Solar Electric Generating System II finite element analysis  

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On June 2, 1992, Landers` earthquake struck the Solar Electric Generating System II, located in Daggett, California. The 30 megawatt power station, operated by the Daggett Leasing Corporation (DLC), suffered substantial damage due to structural failures in the solar farm. These failures consisted of the separation of sliding joints supporting a distribution of parabolic glass mirrors. At separation, the mirrors fell to the ground and broke. It was the desire of the DLC and the Solar Thermal Design Assistance Center (STDAC) of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and to redesign these joints so that, in the event of future quakes, costly breakage will be avoided. To accomplish this task, drawings of collector components were developed by the STDAC, from which a detailed finite element computer model of a solar collector was produced. This nonlinear dynamic model, which consisted of over 8,560 degrees of freedom, underwent model reduction to form a low order nonlinear dynamic model containing only 40 degrees of freedom. This model was then used as a design tool to estimate joint dynamics. Using this design tool, joint configurations were modified, and an acceptable joint redesign determined. The results of this analysis showed that the implementation of metal stops welded to support shafts for the purpose of preventing joint separation is a suitable joint redesign. Moreover, it was found that, for quakes of Landers` magnitude, mirror breakage due to enhanced vibration in the trough assembly is unlikely.

Dohner, J.L.; Anderson, J.R.

1994-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

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SYSTEM OPTIMIZTION OF HOT WATER CONCENTRATED SOLAR THERMOELECTRIC GENERATION  

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In this report, we describe the design of a concentrated solar thermoelectric (TE) system which can provide both electricity and hot water. Today’s thermoelectric materials have a relatively low efficiency (~6 % for temperature difference across the thermoelement on the order of 300 o C). However since thermoelectrics don’t need their cold side to be near room temperature, (in another word, one can chose the particular thermoelectric material to match to the operational temperature) it is possible to use the waste heat to provide hot water and this makes the overall efficiency of the combined system to be quite high. A key factor in the optimization of the thermoelectric module is the thermal impedance matching with the incident solar radiation, and also with the hot water heat exchanger on the cold side of the thermoelectric module. We have developed an analytic model for the whole system and optimized each component in order to minimize the material cost. TE element fill factor is found to be an important parameter to optimize at low solar concentrations (generated per mass of the thermoelectric elements. Similarly the co-optimization of the microchannel heat exchanger and the TE module can be used to minimize the amount of material in the heat exchanger and the pumping power required for forced convection liquid cooling. Changing the amount of solar concentration, changes the input heat flux and this is another parameter that can be optimized in order to reduce the cost of heat exchanger (by size), the tracking requirement and the whole system. A series of design curves for different solar concentration are obtained. It is shown that the overall efficiency of the system can be more than 80 % at 200x concentration which is independent of the material ZT (TE figure-of-merit). For a material with ZThot~0.9, the electrical conversion efficiency is ~10%. For advanced materials with ZThot ~ 2.8, the electrical conversion efficiency could reach ~21%. 1.

Kazuaki Yazawa; Ali Shakouri

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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

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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

165

Reconnection outflow generated turbulence in the solar wind  

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Petschek-type time-dependent reconnection (TDR) and quasi-stationary reconnection (QSR) models are considered to understand reconnection outflow structures and the features of the associated locally generated turbulence in the solar wind. We show that the outflow structures, such as discontinuites, Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) unstable flux tubes or continuous space filling flows cannot be distinguished from one-point WIND measurements. In both models the reconnection outflows can generate more or less spatially extended turbulent boundary layers (TBDs). The structure of an unique extended reconnection outflow is investigated in detail. The analysis of spectral scalings and break locations show that reconnection outflows can control the local field and plasma conditions which may play in favor of one or another turbulent dissipation mechanisms with their characteristic scales and wavenumbers.

Vörös, Z; Semenov, V S; Zaqarashvili, T V; Bruno, R; Khodachenko, M

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Alternative Application of Solar Sail Technology  

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The development of Gossamer sail structures for solar sails contributes to a large field of future space applications like thin film solar generators, membrane antennas and drag sails. ... the development of a dr...

Nino Wolff; Patric Seefeldt; Wolfgang Bauer…

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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; Söderström, Karin; Battaglia, Corsin; Paeder, Vincent; Scharf, Toralf; Herzig, Hans Peter; Ballif, Christophe

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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PROOF-OF-CONCEPT OF A DUAL-FIRED (SOLAR & NATURAL GAS) GENERATOR  

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PROOF-OF-CONCEPT OF A DUAL-FIRED (SOLAR & NATURAL GAS) GENERATOR FOR USE IN A SPACE-COOLING SYSTEM REPORT (FAR) PROOF-OF-CONCEPT OF A DUAL-FIRED (SOLAR & NATURAL GAS) GENERATOR FOR USE IN A SPACE COOLING Technologies · Environmentally-Preferred Advanced Generation · Energy-Related Environmental Research · Energy

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A Method of Decreasing Power Output Fluctuation of Solar Chimney Power Generating Systems  

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Severe fluctuation of power output is a common problem in the various generating systems of renewable energies. The hybrid energy storage system with water and soil is adopted to decrease the fluctuation of solar chimney power generating systems in the ... Keywords: Solar chimney power generating system, power output fluctuation, hybrid energy storage layer, collector, chimney

Meng Fanlong; Ming Tingzhen; Pan Yuan

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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 13.56 MHz 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

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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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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Sustainable solar thermal power generation (STPG) technologies in Indian context  

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India is a fast developing country. Some of the factors like population growth, industrialization, liberalization in economic policies, green revolution and awareness toward the environment, are increasing the electricity demand rapidly. As per the 14th Power Survey Report, an energy deficit of (+) 9% and peak demand deficit of (+) 18% have been estimated. Keeping in view the liberalization in economic policies, this deficit may be higher by the year 2000 AD. An estimation indicates that India is blessed with solar energy to the tune of 5 x 10{sup 15} kWh/yr. Being clean and inexhaustible source of energy, it can be used for large-scale power generation in the country. Keeping in view the present state-of-art technologies for STPG in MW range, best possible efforts are required to be made by all the concerned, to develop sustainable STPG technology of the future, specially for tropical regions. Standardization of vital equipment is an important aspect. There are a few required criteria like simple and robust technology, its transfer and adaptation in tropical climate conditions; high plant load factor without fossil-fired backup; availability of plant during evening peak and night hours; least use of fragile components, and capacity optimization for MW plants as per solar irradiance and environmental factors. In this paper, efforts have been made to compare the different STPG technologies. On the basis, of literature surveyed and studies carried out by the author, it may be stated that Central Receiver System technologies using molten salt and volumetric air receiver, along with molten salt and ceramic thermal storage respectively seems to be suitable and comparable in Indian context. Performance of SOLAR-TWO and PHOEBUS plants may be decisive.

Sharma, R.S. [Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, New Delhi (India). Solar Energy Centre

1996-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

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Quantifying Avoided Fuel Use and Emissions from Solar Photovoltaic Generation in the Western United States  

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Quantifying Avoided Fuel Use and Emissions from Solar Photovoltaic Generation in the Western United States ... National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Blvd, Golden, Colorado 80401 ...

Paul Denholm; Robert M. Margolis; James M. Milford

2008-11-17T23:59:59.000Z

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Hornet flight is generated by solar energy: UV irradiation counteracts anaesthetic effects  

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......58-67, (Woodbury, New York...30-35, (Woodbury, New York...Organs. (Academic Press, New York.) J. S. Ishay Hornet flight generated by solar energy 633...

Jacob S. Ishay

2004-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Broad Spectrum Photoelectrochemical Diodes for Solar Hydrogen Generation  

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Under program auspices we have investigated material chemistries suitable for the solar generation of hydrogen by water photoelectrolysis. We have built upon, and extended, our knowledge base on the synthesis and application of TiO2 nanotube arrays, a material architecture that appears ideal for water photoelectrolysis. To date we have optimized, refined, and greatly extended synthesis techniques suitable for achieving highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays of given length, wall thickness, pore diameter, and tube-to-tube spacing for use in water photoelectrolysis. We have built upon this knowledge based to achieve visible light responsive, photocorrosion stable n-type and p-type ternary oxide nanotube arrays for use in photoelectrochemical diodes.

Grimes, Craig A.

2014-11-26T23:59:59.000Z

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Dielectric nanostructures for broadband light trapping in organic solar cells  

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Organic bulk heterojunction solar cells are a promising candidate for low-cost next-generation photovoltaic systems. However, carrier extraction limitations necessitate thin active...

Raman, Aaswath; Yu, Zongfu; Fan, Shanhui

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Considerations Related to Connecting Solar Generating Facilities to the Electrical Grid  

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Considerations Related to Connecting Solar Generating Facilities to the Electrical Grid March 2011 voltages are nominally 4.5kv and 13 2kv The solar system must maintain voltageand 13.2kv. The solar system) or multiple sites (multiple leases, interconnect points, construction forces) Ground based, roof top (weight

Homes, Christopher C.

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Cloud Formation in the Plumes of Solar Chimney Power Generation Facilities: A Modeling Study  

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1 Cloud Formation in the Plumes of Solar Chimney Power Generation Facilities: A Modeling Study Institute of Technology, 311 Ferst Drive, Atlanta , Georgia 30332-0340, USA Abstract The solar chimney power the potential impacts on plant capacity resulting from cloud formation within or downwind of the solar chimney

Nenes, Athanasios

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Thin Single Crystal Silicon Solar Cells on Ceramic Substrates: November 2009 - November 2010  

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In this program we have been developing a technology for fabricating thin (< 50 micrometres) single crystal silicon wafers on foreign substrates. We reverse the conventional approach of depositing or forming silicon on foreign substrates by depositing or forming thick (200 to 400 micrometres) ceramic materials on high quality single crystal silicon films ~ 50 micrometres thick. Our key innovation is the fabrication of thin, refractory, and self-adhering 'handling layers or substrates' on thin epitaxial silicon films in-situ, from powder precursors obtained from low cost raw materials. This 'handling layer' has sufficient strength for device and module processing and fabrication. Successful production of full sized (125 mm X 125 mm) silicon on ceramic wafers with 50 micrometre thick single crystal silicon has been achieved and device process flow developed for solar cell fabrication. Impurity transfer from the ceramic to the silicon during the elevated temperature consolidation process has resulted in very low minority carrier lifetimes and resulting low cell efficiencies. Detailed analysis of minority carrier lifetime, metals analysis and device characterization have been done. A full sized solar cell efficiency of 8% has been demonstrated.

Kumar, A.; Ravi, K. V.

2011-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Dyadic Green’s 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 Green’s function formulation. Based on the dyadic Green’s function (Green’s 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 Green’s 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 Søndergaard; Thomas Garm Pedersen; Kjeld Pedersen; Arne Nylandsted Larsen; Brian Bech Nielsen

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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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NV Energy Solar Integration Study: Cycling and Movements of Conventional Generators for Balancing Services  

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With an increasing penetration level of solar power in the southern Nevada system, the impact of solar on system operations needs to be carefully studied from various perspectives. Qualitatively, it is expected that the balancing requirements to compensate for solar power variability will be larger in magnitude; meanwhile, generators providing load following and regulation services will be moved up or down more frequently. One of the most important tasks is to quantitatively evaluate the cycling and movements of conventional generators with solar power at different penetration levels. This study is focused on developing effective methodologies for this goal and providing a basis for evaluating the wear and tear of the conventional generators

Diao, Ruisheng; Lu, Shuai; Etingov, Pavel V.; Ma, Jian; Makarov, Yuri V.; Guo, Xinxin

2011-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Measurements on a shock wave generated by a solar flare  

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... The solar flare that occurred on 18 August 1979 at 1400 UT was one of the more ... August 1979 at 1400 UT was one of the more energetic flares of the current solar ...

Alan Maxwell; Murray Dryer

1982-11-18T23:59:59.000Z

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Sacrificial Hydrogen Generation from Formaldehyde with Pt/TiO2 Photocatalyst in Solar Radiation  

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Sacrificial Hydrogen Generation from Formaldehyde with Pt/TiO2 Photocatalyst in Solar Radiation ... Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5B9, Canada ... The simulated solar light was generated using solar simulator (model: SS1KW, Sciencetech, ON, Canada with a 1000-W Xe arc lamp and an AM 1.5 G filter). ...

Pankaj Chowdhury; Ghodsieh Malekshoar; Madhumita B. Ray; Jesse Zhu; Ajay K. Ray

2013-03-14T23:59:59.000Z

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IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS BY USING SOLAR HEAT CONCENTRATORS  

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IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS BY USING SOLAR HEAT CONCENTRATORS M. T. de : Thermoelectric generator, Solar heat concentrator, Carnot efficiency I - Introduction The global energy crisis the junctions of two different materials. For a TEG to supply a significant amount of power, several thermo

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Pressure drops for direct steam generation in line-focus solar thermal systems  

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the focus of the solar collector, and then generate steam outside the collector in a large heat exchanger applicable to DSG in long horizontal pipes as required for the current work with a line-focus collector. #12Pressure drops for direct steam generation in line-focus solar thermal systems John Pye1 , Graham

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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 J–V 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 = 7.28 mA/cm2) at thickness 0.5 ?m of PbS and these losses decreased to 67% (JSC = 16 mA/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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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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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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On the feasibility of colored glazed thermal solar collectors based on thin film interference filters  

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Glazed thermal solar collectors, typically equipped with black, optical selective absorber sheets, exhibit good energy conversion efficiency. However, the black color, and sometimes the visibility of tubes and corrugations of the metal sheets, limit the architectural integration into buildings. In order to overcome this drawback, interference filters are considered as a promising approach. Multilayered thin film stacks deposited on the cover glass can produce a colored reflection hiding the black absorber without a great loss of energy. These interference filters are designed and optimized by numerical simulation. Such coatings are deposited by vacuum processes (e.g. magnetron sputtering) and also via the SolGel method. Optical measurements, such as real-time laser-reflectometry and spectrophotometry, are suitable to determine film thicknesses and optical constants of individual layers, and to measure color coordinates and solar transmittance for the multilayer stacks. Advantages and disadvantages of the different coating processes are discussed.

A. Schüler; C. Roecker; J.-L. Scartezzini; J. Boudaden; I.R. Videnovic; R.S.-C. Ho; P. Oelhafen

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San Diego Solar Panels Generate Clean Electricity Along with Clean Water |  

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Diego Solar Panels Generate Clean Electricity Along with Clean Diego Solar Panels Generate Clean Electricity Along with Clean Water San Diego Solar Panels Generate Clean Electricity Along with Clean Water May 26, 2010 - 12:11pm Addthis San Diego’s Otay Water Treatment Plant is generating clean electricity along with clean water, with a total capacity of 945 KW | Photo courtesy of SunEdison San Diego's Otay Water Treatment Plant is generating clean electricity along with clean water, with a total capacity of 945 KW | Photo courtesy of SunEdison Just north of the U.S.-Mexican border, San Diego's Otay Water Treatment Plant processes up to 34 million gallons of water a day. Thanks to the city's ambitious solar energy program, the facility may soon be able to do that with net zero electricity consumption. In early April, workers activated a 945-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) energy

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Next-generation multijunction solar cells: The promise of II-VI materials  

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High concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) systems offer the highest photovoltaic(PV) conversion efficiencies. Also as production is beginning to ramp up HCPV is becoming cost competitive with thin-film poly-CdTe and crystalline Si systems in high solar insolation regions. High solar concentrations X???500 are used to increase cell efficiencies and greatly reduce the cell area per unit of incident solar radiation thereby greatly reducing the cell cost per watt. The monolithic three-junction (3J) solar cells presently used in HCPV systems typically consist of two epitaxialIII-V homojunctions such as GaInP and GaInAs grown on an active Ge substrate by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The III-Vbandgaps are chosen to match the currents generated in each junction and minimize the energy lost to thermalization of the electron-hole pairs generated subject to the constraint of approximate lattice matching. We propose using cells consisting of one or more CdTe-based II-VI homojunctions grown on large-area active Si substrates by high-throughput MBE or a less expensive high-vacuum deposition technique as an alternative to III-V based multijunction cells grown by MOCVD. The bandgap of Si is more optimal than that of Ge for two-junction (2J) or 3J cells and lattice mismatches affect the efficiencies of such cells only slightly which allows greater freedom in the choice of bandgaps and thus the potential for higher efficiencies. Also such cells could be manufactured at a much lower cost due to the larger area much lower cost and superior mechanical properties of Si substrates as compared to Ge substrates. The much lower cell cost also would enable medium concentration PV systems that would require more cell area but with simplified less expensive tracking and optics resulting in lower overall system costs. Promising initial results from material-property measurements and single-junction and 2J CdZnTe/Si cell characterization results are given. Both the promise of the proposed technology and the challenges it faces are discussed.

J. W. Garland; T. Biegala; M. Carmody; C. Gilmore; S. Sivananthan

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High Efficiency, Low Cost Solar Cells Manufactured Using 'Silicon Ink' on Thin Crystalline Silicon Wafers  

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Reported are the development and demonstration of a 17% efficient 25mm x 25mm crystalline Silicon solar cell and a 16% efficient 125mm x 125mm crystalline Silicon solar cell, both produced by Ink-jet printing Silicon Ink on a thin crystalline Silicon wafer. To achieve these objectives, processing approaches were developed to print the Silicon Ink in a predetermined pattern to form a high efficiency selective emitter, remove the solvents in the Silicon Ink and fuse the deposited particle Silicon films. Additionally, standard solar cell manufacturing equipment with slightly modified processes were used to complete the fabrication of the Silicon Ink high efficiency solar cells. Also reported are the development and demonstration of a 18.5% efficient 125mm x 125mm monocrystalline Silicon cell, and a 17% efficient 125mm x 125mm multicrystalline Silicon cell, by utilizing high throughput Ink-jet and screen printing technologies. To achieve these objectives, Innovalight developed new high throughput processing tools to print and fuse both p and n type particle Silicon Inks in a predetermined pat-tern applied either on the front or the back of the cell. Additionally, a customized Ink-jet and screen printing systems, coupled with customized substrate handling solution, customized printing algorithms, and a customized ink drying process, in combination with a purchased turn-key line, were used to complete the high efficiency solar cells. This development work delivered a process capable of high volume producing 18.5% efficient crystalline Silicon solar cells and enabled the Innovalight to commercialize its technology by the summer of 2010.

Antoniadis, H.

2011-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Hybrid Solar-Wind Generates Savings for South Dakota City | Department of  

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Hybrid Solar-Wind Generates Savings for South Dakota City Hybrid Solar-Wind Generates Savings for South Dakota City Hybrid Solar-Wind Generates Savings for South Dakota City July 19, 2010 - 4:05pm Addthis What does this project do? The projects will reduce the city's natural gas and electric bills by an estimated $2,700. An array of six solar panels, similar to the ones shown, will be installed at Colton, S.D.'s city hall. | Photo courtesy of Colton. The city of Colton, South Dakota. is a small, agriculturally-based community. So small that Mayor Erik Miller says if his two Labrador retrievers ever got lost, local residents would have no trouble finding them. "Colton is like taking a trip to the past," says Miller. Still, the mayor is looking to create a new energy future for Colton, deploying one small-scale solar and two solar-wind hybrid systems, and

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Quantum Dot Solar Cells: High Efficiency through Multiple Exciton Generation  

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Impact ionization is a process in which absorbed photons in semiconductors that are at least twice the bandgap can produce multiple electron-hole pairs. For single-bandgap photovoltaic devices, this effect produces greatly enhanced theoretical thermodynamic conversion efficiencies that range from 45-85%, depending upon solar concentration, the cell temperature, and the number of electron-hole pairs produced per photon. For quantum dots (QDs), electron-hole pairs exist as excitons. We have observed astoundingly efficient multiple exciton generation (MEG) in QDs of PbSe (bulk Eg = 0.28 eV), ranging in diameter from 3.9 to 5.7nm (Eg = 0.73, 0.82, and 0.91 eV, respectively). The effective masses of electron and holes are about equal in PbSe, and the onset for efficient MEG occurs at about three times the QD HOMO-LUMO transition (its ''bandgap''). The quantum yield rises quickly after the onset and reaches 300% at 4 x Eg (3.64 eV) for the smallest QD; this means that every QD in the sample produces three electron-hole pairs/photon.

Hanna, M. C.; Ellingson, R. J.; Beard, M.; Yu, P.; Micic, O. I.; Nozik, A. J.; c.

2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Validation of Geant4 Hadronic Generators versus Thin Target Data  

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The GEANT4 toolkit is widely used for simulation of high energy physics (HEP) experiments, in particular, those at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The requirements of robustness, stability and quality of simulation for the LHC are demanding. This requires an accurate description of hadronic interactions for a wide range of targets over a large energy range, from stopped particle reactions to low energy nuclear interactions to interactions at the TeV energy scale. This is achieved within the Geant4 toolkit by combining a number of models, each of which are valid within a certain energy domain. Comparison of these models to thin target data over a large energy range indicates the strengths and weaknesses of the model descriptions and the energy range over which each model is valid. Software has been developed to handle the large number of validation tests required to provide the feedback needed to improve the models. An automated process for carrying out the validation and storing/displaying the results is being developed and will be discussed.

Banerjee, S.; /Fermilab; Folger, G.; /CERN; Ivanchenko, A.; /CERN /CENBG, Gradignan; Ivanchenko, V.N.; /CERN /NeurOK, Moscow /Metz U.; Kossov, M.; /CERN; Quesada, J.M.; /Seville U.; Schalicke, A.; /DESY, Zeuthen; Uzhinsky, V.; /CERN; Wenzel, H.; /Fermilab; Wright, D.H.; /SLAC; Yarba, J.; /Fermilab

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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} ? 0.89–1.25 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

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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

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ADVANCED REFLECTIVE FILMS AND PANELS FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR COLLECTORS  

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This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

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Nx-TEC: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion  

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This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

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High-Temperature Thermal Array for Next Generation Solar Thermal...  

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outstanding technical challenges focused on applicability to heat pipes to Concentrated Solar Power production. These include * Counter gravity physics * Counter gravity...

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The Next Generation of Canadian Solar Flux Monitoring  

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The 10.7 cm solar radio flux (F10.7), provided by the National Research Council of Canada since 1947, is widely used as an index of solar activity and as a proxy for other solar quantities that are harder to measure. Over recent years needs have arisen that are difficult to meet with solar flux measurements at a single wavelength. F10.7 comprises contributions from multiple emission mechanisms. To separate these, multi-wavelength measurements are needed. A new instrument is under construction that will measure fluxes precisely in six bands at 2.8, 3.6, 6.0, 10.7, 18 and 21 cm.

Kenneth F Tapping; Donald C Morton

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Potential Economic Impact of Constructing and Operating Solar Power Generation Facilities in Nevada  

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Nevada has a vast potential for electricity generation using solar power. An examination of the stock of renewable resources in Nevada proves that the state has the potential to be a leader in renewable-electric generation--one of the best in the world. This study provides estimates on the economic impact in terms of employment, personal income, and gross state product (GSP) of developing a portion of Nevada's solar energy generation resources.

Schwer, R. K.; Riddel, M.

2004-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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 1.14–1.16 and 1.36–1.38 eV 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 16–18%. 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 1.36 eV are equal to 7.0% and 4.5%, respectively. It is also shown that for solar cell with the bandgap of absorber 1.14 eV, 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 1.36 eV 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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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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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

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Thin-Film Composite Pressure Retarded Osmosis Membranes for Sustainable Power Generation from Salinity Gradients  

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Thin-Film Composite Pressure Retarded Osmosis Membranes for Sustainable Power Generation from Salinity Gradients ... Pressure retarded osmosis has the potential to produce renewable energy from natural salinity gradients. ... Pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) and reverse electrodialysis (RED) are emerging membrane-based technologies that can convert chemical energy in salinity gradients to useful work. ...

Ngai Yin Yip; Alberto Tiraferri; William A. Phillip; Jessica D. Schiffman; Laura A. Hoover; Yu Chang Kim; Menachem Elimelech

2011-04-14T23:59:59.000Z

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Commercial Readiness of eSolar Next Generation Heliostat  

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Abstract eSolar has been designing small heliostats since the company's founding in 2007. One of the cornerstones of our approach to heliostat design is to deploy many factory-built small heliostats in high density fields. The fields are replicated and thus aggregated into solar plants supporting steam and molten salt electric power, integrated solar combined cycle (ISCC), and process heat applications, such as enhanced oil recovery and desalination. The small heliostat approach has been used in several pilot projects and was previously evolved into a commercially available product presented in 2011 at SolarPACES. In this paper we discuss the ground up redesign of our small heliostat hardware, with a focus of leveraging the proven approach into a higher reliability, globally applicable, more industrial, simple to source and most importantly total installed cost reduced solar collector product. During the redesign we discovered methods to simplify the design and confirmed that small, factory-built, affordable heliostats provide a compelling concentrated solar thermal technology. We discuss details on system optimization, concept selection and prototype development, including some results from design validation testing. Finally, we discuss how this new solar collector system (SCS5) performs and meets economic requirements. eSolar's SCS5 product will be commercially released early in 2014, and is currently available to quote for CSP projects.

P. Ricklin; M. Slack; D. Rogers; R. Huibregtse

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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.

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

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Coriolis emf as the real generator of solar magnetic field and a new model of the reversal of the general solar magnetic field  

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Generation of general solar magnetic field as proposed by Cowling (1945, 1953) and Drobyshevski (1977) from the Coriolis emf is reconsidered and a new mechanism of the reversal of teh general solar magnetic fi...

L. Manihar Singh; L. Randhoni Devi

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EIS-0416: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, San Bernardino County, California  

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This EIS analyzes DOE's decision to support a proposal from Solar Partners I, II, IV, and VIII, limited liability corporations formed by BrightSource Energy (BrightSource), to construct and operate a solar thermal electric generating facility in San Bernardino County, California on BLM Land.

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Regional variations in the health, environmental, and climate benefits of wind and solar generation  

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...a 1-MW wind turbine will offset more...than a 1-MW solar installation...demand is high and gas is more often...resource, a wind turbine on the plains...emissions than a turbine in West Virginia...benefits when wind or solar displace coal...rather than gas-fired, generators...

Kyle Siler-Evans; Inês Lima Azevedo; M. Granger Morgan; Jay Apt

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Photo-Ionic Cells: Two Solutions to Store Solar Energy and Generate Electricity on Demand  

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Photo-Ionic Cells: Two Solutions to Store Solar Energy and Generate Electricity on Demand ... potential of solar energy all over the world is many times larger than the current total primary energy demanded. ... The magnitudes of the free energies derived from formal potentials are detd. ...

Manuel A. Méndez; Pekka Peljo; Micheál D. Scanlon; Heron Vrubel; Hubert H. Girault

2014-02-27T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Innovation Conditions in the Case of Solar Power Generation  

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In 1954 Bell Laboratories (USA) unveiled the first silicon solar cell – the USA is thus known as ... result of the costs involved, the new technology was primarily used in space travel in ... satellite (Vanguard ...

Prof. Dr. Elke Bruns; Dr. Dörte Ohlhorst…

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar Thermal Power Generation and Industrial Process Heat  

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A solar chimney power plant consists of a transparent tubular chimney over 200 m tall rising from a...2 covered with a transparent material (Haaf et al. 1983). At the base of the chimney is located a turbine driv...

Brian Norton

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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NASA/FPL Renewable Project Case Study: Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center  

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Presentation covers the NASA/FPL Renewable Project Case Study: Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center given at the Spring 2009 Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) meeting in...

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Return on capital and earned carbon credit by hybrid solar Photovoltaic—wind turbine generators  

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This paper presents a methodology to optimise a hybrid solar Photovoltaic—wind turbine generator for the villages situated in ... of India. Owing to good insolation and wind density, the hybrid system composed of...

Prabhakant; Basant Agrawal; G. N. Tiwari

2010-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Indium doped zinc oxide nanowire thin films for antireflection and solar absorber coating applications  

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Indium doped ZnO nanowire thin films were prepared by thermal oxidation of Zn-In metal bilayer films at 500°C. The ZnO:In nanowires are 20-100 nm in diameter and several tens of microns long. X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the formation of oxide and indicate that the films are polycrystalline, both in the as deposited and annealed states. The transmission which is <2% for the as deposited Zn-In films increases to >90% for the ZnO:In nanowire films. Significantly, the reflectance for the as deposited films is < 10% in the region between 200 to 1500 nm and < 2% for the nanowire films. Thus, the as deposited films can be used solar absorber coatings while the nanowire films are useful for antireflection applications. The growth of nanowires by this technique is attractive since it does not involve very high temperatures and the use of catalysts.

Shaik, Ummar Pasha [ACRHEM, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500046 (India); Krishna, M. Ghanashyam, E-mail: mgksp@uohyd.ac.in [ACRHEM and School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500046 (India)

2014-04-24T23:59:59.000Z

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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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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 (µc-SiOx:H), which has a very low refractive index, and p-type microcrystalline silicon oxide (µc-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 1 cm×1 cm.

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

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Received 13 May 2013 | Accepted 18 Nov 2013 | Published 16 Dec 2013 All-back-contact ultra-thin silicon nanocone solar  

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. In particular, a silicon (Si) solar cell is still the mainstream technology in industry, and it has witnessed-thin silicon nanocone solar cells with 13.7% power conversion efficiency Sangmoo Jeong1, Michael D. McGehee2 & Yi Cui2,3 Thinner Si solar cells with higher efficiency can make a Si photovoltaic system a cost

Cui, Yi

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

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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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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 600 nm. 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 (µc-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 Köhl; M Wuttig; J Hüpkes

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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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The structure and kinematics of the the Galaxy thin gaseous disc outside the solar orbit  

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The rotation curve of the Galaxy is generally thought to be flat. However, using radial velocities from interstellar molecular clouds, which is common in rotation curve determination, seems to be incorrect and may lead to incorrectly inferring that the rotation curve is flat indeed. Tests basing on photometric and spectral observations of bright stars may be misleading. The rotation tracers (OB stars) are affected by motions around local gravity centers and pulsation effects seen in such early type objects. To get rid of the latter a lot of observing work must be involved. We introduce a method of studying the kinematics of the thin disc of our Galaxy outside the solar orbit in a way that avoids these problems. We propose a test based on observations of interstellar CaII H and K lines that determines both radial velocities and distances. We implemented the test using stellar spectra of thin disc stars at galactic longitudes of 135{\\degr} and 180{\\degr}. Using this method, we constructed the rotation curve of ...

Galazutdinov, G A; Musaev, F A; Bondar, A; Krelowski, J

2015-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Technical and economical evaluation of solar thermal power generation  

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This article presents a feasibilty on a solar power system based on the Stirling dish (SD) technology, reviews and compares the available Stirling engines in the perspective of a solar Stirling system. The system is evaluated, as a parameter to alleviate the energy system of the Cretan island while taking care of the CO2 emissions. In the results a sensitivity analysis was implemented, as well as a comparison with conventional power systems. In the long-term, solar thermal power stations based on a SD can become a competitive option on the electricity market, if a concerted programme capable of building the forces of industry, finance, insurance and other decision makers will support the market extension for this promising technology.

Theocharis Tsoutsos; Vasilis Gekas; Katerina Marketaki

2003-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning (Presentation)  

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Today's utility planners have a different market and economic context than their predecessors, including planning for the growth of renewable energy. Through interviews and a questionnaire, the authors gathered information on utility supply planning and how solar is represented. Utilities were asked to provide their resource planning process details, key assumptions (e.g. whether DG is represented as supply or negative load), modeling methodology (e.g. type of risk analytics and candidate portfolio development), capacity expansion and production simulation model software, and solar project representation (project size, capacity value and integration cost adder). This presentation aims to begin the exchange of information between utilities, regulators and other stakeholders by capturing utility-provided information about: 1) how various utilities approach long-range resource planning; 2) methods and tools utilities use to conduct resource planning; and, 3) how solar technologies are considered in the resource planning process.

Cory, K.; Sterling, J.; Taylor, M.; McLaren, J.

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Assessment of Wind/Solar Co-located Generation in Texas  

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This paper evaluates the opportunity to load co-located wind and solar generation capacity onto a constrained transmission system while engendering only minimal losses. It quantifies the economic and energy opportunities and costs associated with pursuing this strategy in two Texas locations �¢���� one in west Texas and the other in south Texas. The study builds upon previous work published by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) which illuminated the potential benefits of negative correlation of wind and solar generation in some locations by quantifying the economic and energy losses which would arise from deployment of solar generation in areas with existing wind generation and constrained transmission capacity. Clean Energy Associates (CEA) obtained and incorporated wind and solar resource data and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)) load and price data into a model which evaluates varying levels of solar thermal, solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind capacity against an assumed transmission capacity limit at each of the two locations.

Steven M. Wiese

2009-07-20T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin Film Materials and Processing Techniques for a Next Generation Photovoltaic Device: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-12-470  

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This research extends thin film materials and processes relevant to the development and production of a next generation photovoltaic device.

van Hest, M.

2013-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Artificial neural network based models for forecasting electricity generation of grid connected solar PV power plant  

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This paper presents an artificial neural network (ANN) approach for forecasting the performance of electric energy generated output from a working 25-kWp grid connected solar PV system and a 100-kWp grid connected PV system installed at Minicoy Island of Union Territory of Lakshadweep Islands. The ANN interpolates among the solar PV generation output and relevant parameters such as solar radiation, module temperature and clearness index. In this study, three ANN models are implemented and validated with reasonable accuracy on real electric energy generation output data. The first model is univariate based on solar radiation and the output values. The second model is a multivariate model based on module temperature along with solar radiation. The third model is also a multivariate model based on module temperature, solar radiation and clearness index. A forecasting performance measure such as percentage root mean square error has been presented for each model. The second model, which gives the most accurate results, has been used in forecasting the generation output for another PV system with similar accuracy.

Imtiaz Ashraf; A. Chandra

2004-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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The development and application practice of wind–solar energy hybrid generation systems in China  

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China is the largest developing country in the world. At present, more and more energy demand gives immense pressure to Chinese government. The inappropriate energy structure must be improved by Chinese government in order to achieve the sustainable development of economy and society. Development and application of renewable energy, such as wind energy, solar energy, biomass energy, etc., have been regarded by the government and the local people in the past 10 years, and more and more actual examples have been established, which are supported by government and plants in China. It is well known that there are abundant wind and solar resources in China. This paper presents the distribution zone and development and application practice status in China. However, a common drawback is existing in the stand-alone wind energy and solar energy generating power system, which is the unpredictable output electric power, and the output power depends on the unpredictable weather and climatic changes. Fortunately, the wind–solar hybrid generation system can partially overcome the problems. The conventional structure and key technology of stand-alone wind–solar hybrid generating system, the current status and outlook of wind–solar hybrid energy system are presented in the paper, for example, the city road lighting system, distributed generation, photovoltaic (PV) water pumping for irrigation, etc. At the end, the policies and laws of China central government and local governments are described, and the development barriers and recommendations are introduced.

Li-qun Liu; Zhi-xin Wang

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Project Profile: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion  

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Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, under the 2012 SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) R&D funding opportunity announcement (FOA), is designing and testing an innovative high-temperature power cycle for CSP systems that does not require any mechanical equipment, resulting in reduced maintenance costs. In addition, the system can be integrated with conventional CSP cycles to create ultra-efficient plants.

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Performance of Ultra High Efficiency Thin Germanium P-N Junction Solar Cells Intended for Solar Thermophotovoltaic Application  

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The theoretical upper limit conversion efficiency as a function of cell thickness and ... is calculated for a germanium p-n junction solar cell intended for solar thermophotovoltaic energy conversion which incorp...

E. S. Vera; J. J. Loferski; M. Spitzer…

1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Strategic selection of suitable projects for hybrid solar-wind power generation systems  

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Because of the pressing need for maintaining a healthy environment with reasonable costs, China is moving toward the trend for generating electricity from renewable resources. Both solar energy and wind power have received a tremendous attention from private associations, political groups, and electric power companies to generate power on a large scale. A drawback is their unpredictable nature and dependence on weather. Fortunately, the problems can be partially tackled by using the strengths of one source to overcome the weakness of the other. Especially, a large fraction of the solar resource is available at times of peak electrical load. However, the complexity of using two different resources together makes the hybrid solar-wind generation systems more difficult to analyze. Accordingly, this paper first briefly introduces the solar-wind generation system and next develops its critical success criteria. Then, a fuzzy analytic hierarchy process associated with benefits, opportunities, costs and risks, is proposed to help select a suitable solar-wind power generation project.

Hsing Hung Chen; He-Yau Kang; Amy H.I. Lee

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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A novel optimization sizing model for hybrid solar-wind power generation system  

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This paper develops the Hybrid Solar-Wind System Optimization Sizing (HSWSO) model, to optimize the capacity sizes of different components of hybrid solar-wind power generation systems employing a battery bank. The HSWSO model consists of three parts: the model of the hybrid system, the model of Loss of Power Supply Probability (LPSP) and the model of the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCE). The flow chart of the HSWSO model is also illustrated. With the incorporated HSWSO model, the sizing optimization of hybrid solar-wind power generation systems can be achieved technically and economically according to the system reliability requirements. A case study is reported to show the importance of the HSWSO model for sizing the capacities of wind turbines, PV panel and battery banks of a hybrid solar-wind renewable energy system.

Hongxing Yang; Lin Lu; Wei Zhou

2007-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Novel Thermal Storage Technologies for Concentrating Solar Power Generation  

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The technologies that are to be developed in this work will enable storage of thermal energy in 100 MWe solar energy plants for 6-24 hours at temperatures around 300oC and 850oC using encapsulated phase change materials (EPCM). Several encapsulated phase change materials have been identified, fabricated and proven with calorimetry. Two of these materials have been tested in an airflow experiment. A cost analysis for these thermal energy storage systems has also been conducted that met the targets established at the initiation of the project.

Neti, Sudhakar; Oztekin, Alparslan; Chen, John; Tuzla, Kemal; Misiolek, Wojciech

2013-06-20T23:59:59.000Z

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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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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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Geek-Up[11.05.10]: Quark Gluon Plasma, Solar-Power Generating Windows and  

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05.10]: Quark Gluon Plasma, Solar-Power Generating 05.10]: Quark Gluon Plasma, Solar-Power Generating Windows and CCS Field Studies Geek-Up[11.05.10]: Quark Gluon Plasma, Solar-Power Generating Windows and CCS Field Studies November 5, 2010 - 4:08pm Addthis A simulated collision of lead-ions, courtesy the ALICE experiment at CERN A simulated collision of lead-ions, courtesy the ALICE experiment at CERN Elizabeth Meckes Elizabeth Meckes Director of User Experience & Digital Technologies, Office of Public Affairs More than 1,700 scientists, engineers, technicians and students from seven Department of Energy national laboratories, 89 American universities and one supercomputer center celebrated progress this week when the Large Hadron Collider's (LHC) first record-setting run of high-energy proton collisions ended.

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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 capacitance–voltage profiling (C–V), thermal admittance spectroscopy (TAS), and thermally stimulated capacitance measurements (TSCAP). The doping profiles of the CdTe layer obtained by C–V 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, C–V 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. Reislöhner; M. Hädrich; N. Lorenz; H. Metzner; W. Witthuhn

2007-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Novel Control of PV Solar and Wind Farm Inverters as STATCOM for Increasing Connectivity of Distributed Generators.  

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??The integration of distributed generators (DGs) such as wind farms and PV solar farms in distribution networks is getting severely constrained due to problems of… (more)

AC, Mahendra

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Techno-economic evaluation of hybrid energy storage technologies for a solar–wind generation system  

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Huazhong University of Science and Technology is planning to establish a hybrid solar–wind generation dynamic simulation laboratory. Energy storage technologies will be vital to this system for load leveling, power quality control and stable output. In this paper, the technical feasibility of energy storage technologies for renewable intermittent sources like wind and solar generation is analyzed. Furthermore, the different combination modes of energy storage technologies are proposed. The involved energy storage technologies include superconducting magnetic energy storage systems (SMESs), flywheels (FWs), electrochemical super-capacitors (SCs) and redox flow batteries (RFBs). Based on that, the economic analysis of hybrid energy storage technologies is conducted.

L. Ren; Y. Tang; J. Shi; J. Dou; S. Zhou; T. Jin

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Enhancement of photovoltaic properties of multicrystalline silicon solar cells by combination of buried metallic contacts and thin porous silicon  

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Photovoltaic properties of buried metallic contacts (BMCs) with and without application of a front porous silicon (PS) layer on multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar cells were investigated. A Chemical Vapor Etching (CVE) method was used to perform front PS layer and BMCs of mc-Si solar cells. Good electrical performance for the mc-Si solar cells was observed after combination of BMCs and thin PS films. As a result the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics and the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) were improved, and the effective minority carrier diffusion length (Ln) increases from 75 to 110 {mu}m after BMCs achievement. The reflectivity was reduced to 8% in the 450-950 nm wavelength range. This simple and low cost technology induces a 12% conversion efficiency (surface area = 3.2 cm{sup 2}). The obtained results indicate that the BMCs improve charge carrier collection while the PS layer passivates the front surface. (author)

Ben Rabha, M.; Bessais, B. [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l'Energie, Technopole de Borj-Cedria, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia)

2010-03-15T23:59:59.000Z

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Impacts of Wind and Solar on Fossil-Fueled Generators: Preprint  

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High penetrations of wind and solar power will impact the operations of the remaining generators on the power system. Regional integration studies have shown that wind and solar may cause fossil-fueled generators to cycle on and off and ramp down to part load more frequently and potentially more rapidly. Increased cycling, deeper load following, and rapid ramping may result in wear-and-tear impacts on fossil-fueled generators that lead to increased capital and maintenance costs, increased equivalent forced outage rates, and degraded performance over time. Heat rates and emissions from fossil-fueled generators may be higher during cycling and ramping than during steady-state operation. Many wind and solar integration studies have not taken these increased cost and emissions impacts into account because data have not been available. This analysis considers the cost and emissions impacts of cycling and ramping of fossil-fueled generation to refine assessments of wind and solar impacts on the power system.

Lew, D.; Brinkman, G.; Kumar, N.; Besuner, P.; Agan, D.; Lefton, S.

2012-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Design of a 2.5kW Low Temperature Stirling Engine for Distributed Solar Thermal Generation  

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Design of a 2.5kW Low Temperature Stirling Engine for Distributed Solar Thermal Generation Mike He on the design of a Stirling engine for distributed solar thermal ap- plications. In particular, we design renewable energy applications. A key advantage of a solar thermal system is that they can incorporate

Sanders, Seth

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Technology Development for High-Efficiency Solar Cells and Modules Using Thin (<80 um) Single-Crystal Silicon Wafers Produced by Epitaxy: June 11, 2011 - April 30, 2013  

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Final technical progress report of Crystal Solar subcontract NEU-31-40054-01. The objective of this 18-month program was to demonstrate the viability of high-efficiency thin (less than 80 um) monocrystalline silicon (Si) solar cells and modules with a low-cost epitaxial growth process.

Ravi, T. S.

2013-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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

2013-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

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A High-temperature, High-efficiency Solar Thermoelectric Generator Prototype  

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Abstract Solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) have the potential to convert solar energy at greater than 15% efficiency. This project investigates the system design, the necessary thermoelectric and optical technologies, and the economic feasibility of the STEG approach. A STEG is a solid-state heat engine that converts sunlight directly into DC electricity through the thermoelectric effect. \\{STEGs\\} consist of three subsystems: the solar absorber, the thermoelectric generator (TEG), and the heat management system (insulation, heat exchanger, vacuum enclosure, etc.). This project will integrate several state-of-the-art technologies to achieve high efficiency, including next- generation materials for TEGs, high-temperature solar-selective absorbers, and thermal cavities. We will test \\{STEGs\\} at NREL's high flux solar furnace (HFSF) and perform analysis of parasitic losses and lifetime analysis to optimize prototype operation. Equally important for this technology is the development of a cost model to determine the economic competitiveness and possible application niches for STEG technologies. We report on first-order economic analysis to identify the most promising pathways for advancing the technology.

M.L. Olsen; E.L. Warren; P.A. Parilla; E.S. Toberer; C.E. Kennedy; G.J. Snyder; S.A. Firdosy; B. Nesmith; A. Zakutayev; A. Goodrich; C.S. Turchi; J. Netter; M.H. Gray; P.F. Ndione; R. Tirawat; L.L. Baranowski; A. Gray; D.S. Ginley

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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As apparent from Table 1..., showing the production volume for different manufacturers of these thin-film technologies over the past 3 years, rapidly-growing ... are also increasing rapidly, the thin-film technologies

Martin A. Green

2007-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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NASA/FPL Renewable Project Case Study: Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center  

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NASA/FPL Renewable Project: NASA/FPL Renewable Project: Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center Biloxi, MS - FUPWG April 5-6. 2009 Gene Beck Corporate Manager, Governmental Accounts Mark Hillman Executive Account Manger With over $9 billion already invested, FPL Group is the world leader in renewable energy FPL Group's renewable energy portfolio With over $9 billion already invested, FPL Group is the world leader in renewable energy FPL Group's renewable energy portfolio With over $9 billion already invested, FPL Group is the world leader in renewable energy FPL Group's renewable energy portfolio FPL has started construction on the world's first hybrid energy center in Martin County Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Project Total Facility = approx 11,300 acres Solar Field = approx 500 acres

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An improved absorption generator for solar-thermal powered heat pumps. Part 2: Energy and economics  

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Solar heated absorption chiller installations have been very expensive for their rating. To enhance collector thermal efficiency the liquid flowing within the collectors must be kept as cool as possible. However, there is also a need to operate the absorption reported earlier. The compromise usually results in poor collector efficiency as well as a relatively poor specific chiller effect. The proposed vortex generator permits a heat pump to operate efficiently with relatively low temperature solar heated fluid (70--80 C). As a result, the collectors are cooler and more efficient. As noted in Part 1, the specific heat pumping capacity is about 27% greater than conventional systems operating at the same reduced generator temperatures. Therefore, a smaller, less expensive chiller is required. The reduced investment in solar arrays and absorption chillers is estimated along with a range of paybacks.

Fineblum, S. [Megadyne Inc., Rochester, NY (United States)

1997-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

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InGaN working electrodes with assisted bias generated from GaAs solar cells for efficient water splitting  

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Hydrogen generation through water splitting by n-InGaN working electrodes with bias generated from GaAs solar cell was studied. Instead of using an external bias provided by power...

Liu, Shu-Yen; Sheu, J K; Lin, Yu-Chuan; Chen, Yu-Tong; Tu, S J; Lee, M L; Lai, W C

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar energy power generators with advanced thermionic converters for spacecraft applications  

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This study presents (1) a 50 kW/sub e/ solar energy generator in a geostationary orbit for direct tv-broadcasting and (2) a 10 GW/sub e/ space power plant, with the basic engineering outlines using an advanced thermionic converter proposal given for each. Further, a comparison of the main technical data for the generators with corresponding energy output using (1) advanced thermionic converter and (2) ordinary thermionic converter without auxiliary emitter is shown. 25 refs.

Sahin, S.

1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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A simple mathematical description of an off-grid hybrid solar–wind power generating system  

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We give a detailed description of the energy balance equation for a stand-alone hybrid solar–wind power generating system. The dimensions of the power generator and the energy capacity of a buffer battery (used as an energy storage system) are chosen to suit a known consumer's profile. Future applications of the mathematical model developed and analogies with a similar hydrodynamic problem are discussed.

M Blasone; F Dell'Anno; R De Luca; G Torre

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Studies of thin films and surfaces with optical harmonic generation and electron spectroscopy  

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Optical second harmonic generation (SHG) and sum frequency generation (SFG) were used to study C{sup 60} thin solid films (low energy ED forbidden electronic excitations), and electron spectroscopy was used to study organic overlayers (xylenes) on Pt(111). Theory of SHG from a thin film is described in terms of surface and bulk contributions as well as local and nonlocal contributions to the optical nonlinearities. (1)In situ SHG data on C{sub 60} films during UHV film growth can be described in terms of only nonlocal contributions to both surface and bulk nonlinear susceptibilities. Microscopic origin of SHG response is discussed in terms of electric quadrupole and ED transitions of C{sub 60}. (2)Adsorption and thermal decomposition of ortho- and para-xylene on Pt(111) is studied using HREELS, LEED, AES, and thermal desorption spectroscopy. We have observed preferential decomposition of the methyl groups which leads to distinct decomposition pathways for ortho- and para-xylene on Pt(111).

Wilk, D.E.

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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What Are the Relative Roles of Heating and Cooling in Generating Solar Wind Temperature Anisotropies?  

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a combination of mechanisms of anisotropic heating (e.g., cyclotron-resonant heating and dissipation of kineticWhat Are the Relative Roles of Heating and Cooling in Generating Solar Wind Temperature, anisotropy-driven instabilities such as the cyclotron, mirror, and firehose instabilities limit the allowable

California at Berkeley, University of

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ePOWER Seminar AC solar cells: A new breed of PV power generation  

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ePOWER Seminar AC solar cells: A new breed of PV power generation Professor Faisal Khan Assistant dc output which needs to be processed and inverted for ac applications. Using a modern manufacturing facility, PV panels could be mass produced without any apparent issues. Unfortunately, power converters

Abolmaesumi, Purang

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Observations of polar patches generated by solar wind Alfve n wave coupling to the dayside magnetosphere  

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Observations of polar patches generated by solar wind AlfveÃ? n wave coupling to the dayside, Canada 2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont. N6A 5B9, Canada, Canada 4 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD 20723-6099, USA Received: 19

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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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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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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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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Control of thermal emittance of stainless steel using sputtered tungsten thin films for solar thermal power applications  

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Abstract Low thermal emittance is the key factor of a solar collector. For high temperature solar thermal applications, low emittance is an important parameter, because the thermal radiative losses of the absorbers increase proportionally by T4. Our primary motivation for carrying out this work has been to lower the thermal emittance of stainless steel substrate (intrinsic emittance=0.12–0.13) by coating a thin film of high infrared (IR) reflecting tungsten (W). Tungsten thin films were deposited on stainless steel substrates using a glow discharge direct current magnetron sputtering system. Emittance as low as 0.03 was obtained by varying the thickness of W coating on stainless steel substrate. The influences of structural, morphological and electrical properties of the W coating on its emittance values are studied. The effect of substrate roughness on the emittance of W coating is also examined. Thermal stability of the W coatings is studied in both vacuum and air. In order to demonstrate the effect of W interlayer, solar selective coating of AlTiN/AlTiON/AlTiO tandem absorber was deposited on W coated stainless steel substrates, which exhibited absorptance of 0.955 and emittance of 0.08 with a thermal stability up to 600 °C in vacuum.

K.P. Sibin; Siju John; Harish C. Barshilia

2015-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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If I generate 20 percent of my national electricity from wind and solar -  

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If I generate 20 percent of my national electricity from wind and solar - If I generate 20 percent of my national electricity from wind and solar - what does it do to my GDP and Trade Balance ? Home > Groups > DOE Wind Vision Community I think that the economics of fossil fuesl are well understood. Some gets to find the fuel and sell it. The fuel and all associated activities factor into the economic equation of the nation and the wrold. What is the economics of generating 20 percent of my total capacity from say wind? And all of it replaces coal powered electricty ? What happended to GDP ? Is the economy a net gain or net loss ? The value of the electricity came into the system, but no coal is bought or sold. Submitted by Jamespr on 6 May, 2013 - 17:46 0 answers Groups Menu You must login in order to post into this group.

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The design of solar chimney power plant for sustainable power generation.  

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??The solar chimney power plant (SCPP) also known as ‘solar updraft tower’ is a nonconcentrating solar thermal technology, which employs both solar and wind energy… (more)

Asante, David

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Theoretical efficiency of 3rd generation solar cells: Comparison between carrier multiplication and down-conversion  

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Two of the methods of exceeding the detailed balance limit for a single junction solar cell are down-converting high energy photons to produce two photons and carrier multiplication, whereby high energy photons produce more than one electron–hole pair. Both methods obey the conservation of energy in similar ways, and effectively produce a higher current in the solar cell. Due to this similarity, it has been assumed in the literature that there is no thermodynamic difference between the two methods. Here, we analyzed the two methods using a generalized approach based on Kirchhoff's law of radiation and develop a new model for carrier multiplication. We demonstrate that there is an entropic penalty to be paid for attempting to accomplish all-in-one splitting in carrier multiplication systems, giving a small thermodynamic – and therefore efficiency – advantage to spectral splitting prior to reaching the solar cell. We show this analytically using a derivation of basic thermodynamic identities; numerically by solving for the maximal efficiency; and generally using heat-generation arguments. Our result provides a new limit of entropy generation in solar cells beyond the existing literature, and a new distinction among 3rd generation photovoltaic technologies.

Ze'ev R. Abrams; Majid Gharghi; Avi Niv; Chris Gladden; Xiang Zhang

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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 370 nm to 750 nm) 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 (50–70% 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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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

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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, Valérie; Gomard, Guillaume; El Daif, Ounsi; Trompoukis, Christos; Drouard, Emmanuel; Jamois, Cécile; Fave, Alain; Dross, Frédéric; Gordon, Ivan; Seassal, Christian

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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.

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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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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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Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture Symposium Advances in Solar Energy  

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Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture Symposium Advances in Solar Energy Thursday 22nd March prospects for inorganic thin film photovoltaic solar cells for large scale energy generation 2:55 Dr Emyr:50 Professor James Durrant (Imperial College London, England) Photochemical approaches to solar energy

Martin, Ralph R.

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Public release of optimization of metallization scheme for thin emitter wrap-through solar cells for higher efficiency, reduced precious metal costs, and reduced stress.  

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Back-contact crystalline-silicon photovoltaic solar cells and modules offer a number of advantages, including the elimination of grid shadowing losses, reduced cost through use of thinner silicon substrates, simpler module assembly, and improved aesthetics. While the existing edge tab method for interconnecting and stringing edge-connected back contact cells is acceptably straightforward and reliable, there are further gains to be exploited when you have both contact polarities on one side of the cell. In this work, we produce 'busbarless' emitter wrap-through solar cells that use 41% of the gridline silver (Ag) metallization mass compared to the edge tab design. Further, series resistance power losses are reduced by extraction of current from more places on the cell rear, leading to a fill factor improvement of about 6% (relative) on the module level. Series resistance and current-generation losses associated with large rear bondpads and busbars are eliminated. Use of thin silicon (Si) wafers is enabled because of the reduced Ag metallization mass and by interconnection with conductive adhesives leading to reduced bow. The busbarless cell design interconnected with conductive adhesives passes typical International Electrotechnical Commission damp heat and thermal cycling test.

Ruby, Douglas Scott; Murphy, Brian (Advent Solar, Inc., Albuquerque, NM); Meakin, David (Advent Solar, Inc., Albuquerque, NM); Dominguez, Jason (Advent Solar, Inc., Albuquerque, NM); Hacke, Peter (Advent Solar, Inc., Albuquerque, NM)

2008-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Using metallic nanostructures to trap light and enhance absorption in organic solar cells.  

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??Solar cells generate clean electricity from sunlight. However, they remain signi?cantly more expensive than other, less environmentally-friendly, energy generation technologies. Although the emergence of thin-?lm… (more)

Dunbar, Ricky

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Evaluation of distributed building thermal energy storage in conjunction with wind and solar electric power generation  

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Abstract Energy storage is often seen as necessary for the electric utility systems with large amounts of solar or wind power generation to compensate for the inability to schedule these facilities to match power demand. This study looks at the potential to use building thermal energy storage as a load shifting technology rather than traditional electric energy storage. Analyses are conducted using hourly electric load, temperature, wind speed, and solar radiation data for a 5-state central U.S. region in conjunction with simple computer simulations and economic models to evaluate the economic benefit of distributed building thermal energy storage (TES). The value of the TES is investigated as wind and solar power generation penetration increases. In addition, building side and smart grid enabled utility side storage management strategies are explored and compared. For a relative point of comparison, batteries are simulated and compared to TES. It is found that cooling TES value remains approximately constant as wind penetration increases, but generally decreases with increasing solar penetration. It is also clearly shown that the storage management strategy is vitally important to the economic value of TES; utility side operating methods perform with at least 75% greater value as compared to building side management strategies. In addition, TES compares fairly well against batteries, obtaining nearly 90% of the battery value in the base case; this result is significant considering TES can only impact building thermal loads, whereas batteries can impact any electrical load. Surprisingly, the value of energy storage does not increase substantially with increased wind and solar penetration and in some cases it decreases. This result is true for both TES and batteries and suggests that the tie between load shifting energy storage and renewable electric power generation may not be nearly as strong as typically thought.

Byron W. Jones; Robert Powell

2015-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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...

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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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Supply Curves for Rooftop Solar PV-Generated Electricity for the United States  

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A0-44073 A0-44073 November 2008 Supply Curves for Rooftop Solar PV-Generated Electricity for the United States Paul Denholm and Robert Margolis Supply Curves for Rooftop Solar PV-Generated Electricity for the United States Paul Denholm and Robert Margolis Prepared under Task No. PVB7.6301 Technical Report NREL/TP-6A0-44073 November 2008 National Renewable Energy Laboratory 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, Colorado 80401-3393 303-275-3000 * www.nrel.gov NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC Contract No. DE-AC36-08-GO28308 NOTICE This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States government.

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An improved absorption generator for solar-thermal powered heat pumps. Part 1: Feasibility  

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Solar heated absorption chiller installations have been, typically, very expensive for their rating. The need to keep the liquid flowing within the collectors as cool as possible to enhance collector thermal efficiency, conflicts with the need to operate the absorption chiller at a higher temperature. The compromise usually results in poor collector efficiency as well as a relatively poor specific chiller effect. The proposed vortex generator permits a heat pump to operate efficiently with relatively low temperature solar heated fluid (70--80 C). As a result, the collectors are cooler and much more efficient. In addition, the specific heat pumping capacity is about 27% greater than conventional systems operating at the same reduced generator temperatures and, therefore, a smaller chiller is required. The economic consequences of these benefits will be presented in Part 2.

Fineblum, S. [Megadyne Inc., Rochester, NY (United States)

1997-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

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

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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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Concentrating-Solar Biomass Gasification Process for a 3rd Generation Biofuel  

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Concentrating-Solar Biomass Gasification Process for a 3rd Generation Biofuel ... The first step was to develop process flow diagrams and to use these along with literature information and research results as well as the practical industry experience to build process simulation models. ... In contrast, biofuels made from waste biomass or from biomass grown on degraded and abandoned agricultural lands planted with perennials incur little or no C debt and can offer immediate, sustained GHG advantages. ...

Edgar G. Hertwich; Xiangping Zhang

2009-04-30T23:59:59.000Z

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Low work function, stable thin films  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

Generation of low work function, stable compound thin films by laser ablation. Compound thin films with low work function can be synthesized by simultaneously laser ablating silicon, for example, and thermal evaporating an alkali metal into an oxygen environment. For example, the compound thin film may be composed of Si/Cs/O. The work functions of the thin films can be varied by changing the silicon/alkali metal/oxygen ratio. Low work functions of the compound thin films deposited on silicon substrates were confirmed by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). The compound thin films are stable up to 500.degree. C. as measured by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Tests have established that for certain chemical compositions and annealing temperatures of the compound thin films, negative electron affinity (NEA) was detected. The low work function, stable compound thin films can be utilized in solar cells, field emission flat panel displays, electron guns, and cold cathode electron guns.

Dinh, Long N. (Concord, CA); McLean, II, William (Oakland, CA); Balooch, Mehdi (Berkeley, CA); Fehring, Jr., Edward J. (Dublin, CA); Schildbach, Marcus A. (Livermore, CA)

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High Efficiency Generation of Hydrogen Fuels Using Solar Thermochemical Splitting of Water  

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The objective of this work is to identify economically feasible concepts for the production of hydrogen from water using solar energy. The ultimate project objective was to select one or more competitive concepts for pilot-scale demonstration using concentrated solar energy. Results of pilot scale plant performance would be used as foundation for seeking public and private resources for full-scale plant development and testing. Economical success in this venture would afford the public with a renewable and limitless source of energy carrier for use in electric power load-leveling and as a carbon-free transportation fuel. The Solar Hydrogen Generation Research (SHGR) project embraces technologies relevant to hydrogen research under the Office of Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Infrastructure Technology (HFCIT) as well as concentrated solar power under the Office of Solar Energy Technologies (SET). Although the photoelectrochemical work is aligned with HFCIT, some of the technologies in this effort are also consistent with the skills and technologies found in concentrated solar power and photovoltaic technology under the Office of Solar Energy Technologies (SET). Hydrogen production by thermo-chemical water-splitting is a chemical process that accomplishes the decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen using only heat or a combination of heat and electrolysis instead of pure electrolysis and meets the goals for hydrogen production using only water and renewable solar energy as feed-stocks. Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production also meets these goals by implementing photo-electrolysis at the surface of a semiconductor in contact with an electrolyte with bias provided by a photovoltaic source. Here, water splitting is a photo-electrolytic process in which hydrogen is produced using only solar photons and water as feed-stocks. The thermochemical hydrogen task engendered formal collaborations among two universities, three national laboratories and two private sector entities. The photoelectrochemical hydrogen task included formal collaborations with three universities and one national laboratory. The formal participants in these two tasks are listed above. Informal collaborations in both projects included one additional university (the University of Nevada, Reno) and two additional national laboratories (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).

Heske, Clemens; Moujaes, Samir; Weimer, Alan; Wong, Bunsen; Siegal, Nathan; McFarland, Eric; Miller, Eric; Lewis, Michele; Bingham, Carl; Roth, Kurth; Sabacky, Bruce; Steinfeld, Aldo

2011-09-29T23:59:59.000Z

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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...

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On the exergetic capacity factor of a wind – solar power generation system  

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In the recent years, exergy analysis has become a very important tool in the evaluation of systems' efficiency. It aims on minimizing the energy related-system losses and therefore maximizing energy savings and helps society substantially to move towards sustainable development and cleaner production. In this paper, a detailed exergetic analysis aiming to identify the overall Exergetic Capacity Factor (ExCF) for a wind – solar power generation system was done. ExCF, as a new parameter, can be used for better classification and evaluation of renewable energy sources (RES). All the energy and exergy characteristics of wind and solar energy were examined in order to identify the variables that affect the power output of the hybrid system. A validated open source PV optimization tool was also included in the analysis, It was shown that parameters as e.g. air density or tracking losses, low irradiation losses play a crucial role in identifying the real and net wind and solar power output while planning new renewable energy projects and in fact do play a significant role on the wind – solar plant's overall exergetic efficiency. In specific, it was found that air density varies from site to site influencing productivity. A difference of 6.2% on the productivity because of the air density was calculated. The wind and solar potential around a mountainous area were studied and presented based on field measurements and simulations. Since the number and the size of RES projects, over the last few years, are continually increasing, and new areas are required, the basic idea behind this research, was not only to introduce ExCF, as a new evaluation index for RES, but also to investigate the combined use of wind and solar energy under the same area and the benefits coming out of this combination.

G. Xydis

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Towards Large Area Industrial Cost Competitive Coating for Thin Film Solar Electricity Production  

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Thin film PV market faces a struggling situation due to the need of reducing strongly prices, which can be done by increasing efficiency and reducing fabrication costs. Improvement of...

Bermudez, Veronica

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Thin Si wafering(assisted stripping(EAS) process for Solar cell Applications  

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we proposed the electrodeposition of a Ni-P alloy, which induces high stress in the silicon substrate at room temperature. The induced stress enables lift-off of the thin film silicon...

Yoo, Bongyoung

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Solar  

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With sharp drop in costs for photovoltaic and solar thermal processes, solar energy has become more attractive alternative ... Almost half the total was earmarked for PV and solar thermal projects. ...

WARD WORTHY

1991-06-17T23:59:59.000Z

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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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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 10–80??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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Current status of research on optimum sizing of stand-alone hybrid solar–wind power generation systems  

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Solar and wind energy systems are omnipresent, freely available, environmental friendly, and they are considered as promising power generating sources due to their availability and topological advantages for local power generations. Hybrid solar–wind energy systems, uses two renewable energy sources, allow improving the system efficiency and power reliability and reduce the energy storage requirements for stand-alone applications. The hybrid solar–wind systems are becoming popular in remote area power generation applications due to advancements in renewable energy technologies and substantial rise in prices of petroleum products. This paper is to review the current state of the simulation, optimization and control technologies for the stand-alone hybrid solar–wind energy systems with battery storage. It is found that continued research and development effort in this area is still needed for improving the systems’ performance, establishing techniques for accurately predicting their output and reliably integrating them with other renewable or conventional power generation sources.

Wei Zhou; Chengzhi Lou; Zhongshi Li; Lin Lu; Hongxing Yang

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Global prospects, progress, policies, and environmental impact of solar photovoltaic power generation  

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Abstract Global energy demand and environmental concerns are the driving force for use of alternative, sustainable, and clean energy sources. Solar energy is the inexhaustible and CO2-emission-free energy source worldwide. The Sun provides 1.4×105 TW power as received on the surface of the Earth and about 3.6×104 TW of this power is usable. In 2012, world power consumption was 17 TW, which is less than 3.6×104 TW. Photovoltaic (PV) cells are the basic element for converting solar energy into electricity. PV cell technologies, energy conversion efficiency, economic analysis, energy policies, environmental impact, various applications, prospects, and progress have been comprehensively reviewed and presented in this paper. This work compiles the latest literature (i.e. journal articles, conference proceedings, and reports, among others) on PV power generation, economic analysis, environmental impact, and policies to increase public awareness. From the review, it was found that PV is an easy way to capture solar energy where PV based power generation has also rapidly increased.

M. Hosenuzzaman; N.A. Rahim; J. Selvaraj; M. Hasanuzzaman; A.B.M.A. Malek; A. Nahar

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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

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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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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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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION (WIND AND SOLAR ONLY) FOR JEA JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA  

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION (WIND AND SOLAR ONLY) FOR JEA JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA MARCH 17, 2008 (RELEASED) MAY 16, 2008 (DUE DATE) 3/17/2008 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS TITLE SECTION REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL 1.0 INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS I 2.0 PROPOSAL TECHNICAL AND PRICING REQUIREMENTS II 3.0 PROPOSAL TECHNICAL AND PRICING FORMS III 4.0 PROPOSAL TECHNICAL AND PRICING REQUIREMENTS AND IV FORMS (FOR SOLAR EQUIPMENT ONLY PROPOSALS) SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS: CONFLICT OF INTEREST FORM CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT 3/17/2008 2 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SEALED PROPOSALS will be received for this RFP until: LOCAL TIME 5:00 PM DAY OF WEEK FRIDAY DATE MAY 16, 2008 Proposals must be received at the following address:

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Future economic of concentrating solar power (CSP) for electricity generation in Egypt  

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Abstract Population growth and economic development are leading to a continuous increase in energy demand in Egypt. At the same time conventional energy sources are diminishing amid growing global concern for the environment. These factors underline the importance of increasing the use of Renewable Energy sources. Egypt has enormous potential in Solar energy (CSP). There is sufficient proof of Egypt?s potential for extracting energy from Concentrated Solar Power, especially power on demand generation. CSP represents a reliable and sustainable source of energy for Egypt with different outputs that can be used. In this paper, we present a road map strategy for the market introduction of CSP in Egypt, removing the main barriers for financing and starting market introduction in the peak load and the medium load segment of power supply.

Enas R. Shouman; N.M. Khattab

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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

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Performance of the Second Generation Solar Heating System in the Solar House of the Eindhoven University of Technology  

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Summer 1981 a new solar heating system has been installed in the Solar House at the E.U.T. The principal features of the system are Philips VTR 261 evacuated tube collectors, integration of the auxiliary heate...

R. W. G. Bisschops; C. W. J. van Koppen…

1984-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Optimization of a stand?alone Solar PV?Wind?DG Hybrid System for Distributed Power Generation at Sagar Island  

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An estimation of a stand?alone solar PV and wind hybrid system for distributed power generation has been made based on the resources available at Sagar island a remote area distant to grid operation. Optimization and sensitivity analysis has been made to evaluate the feasibility and size of the power generation unit. A comparison of the different modes of hybrid system has been studied. It has been estimated that Solar PV?Wind?DG hybrid system provides lesser per unit electricity cost. Capital investment is observed to be lesser when the system run with Wind?DG compared to Solar PV?DG.

P. C. Roy; A. Majumder; N. Chakraborty

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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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.

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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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Reduction in subsidy for solar power as distributed electricity generation in Indian future competitive power market  

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Developed countries have seen renewable energy as a key tool for emission reduction as well as reducing reliance on oil gas and coal.Renewable energy sources (RESs) and technologies have potential to provide solutions to the longstanding energy problems being faced by the developing countries. In the future competitive electricity market for India it becomes very much important to give special consideration for development of RESs due to economic environmental and other social problems related with conventional generations.Solar energy can be an important part of India's plan not only to add new capacity but also to increase energy security and lead the massive market for renewable energy. The major problem with solar powergeneration (SPG) is high cost of renewable generation. The Indian government is providing a lot of subsidy in order to encourage renewable energygenerations. This paper presents an approach for reduction in subsidy of SPG used as distributed generator in competitive power market. The proposed approach has been validated with IEEE 14-bus and IEEE 30-bus systems.

Naveen Kumar Sharma; Yog Raj Sood

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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 Jørgensen

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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The Value Proposition for High Lifetime (p-type) and Thin Silicon Materials in Solar PV Applications: Preprint  

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Proposition for High Proposition for High Lifetime (p-type) and Thin Silicon Materials in Solar PV Applications Preprint Alan Goodrich, Michael Woodhouse, and Peter Hacke Presented at the 2012 IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference Austin, Texas June 3-8, 2012 Conference Paper NREL/CP-6A20-55477 June 2012 NOTICE The submitted manuscript has been offered by an employee of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Alliance), a contractor of the US Government under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308. Accordingly, the US Government and Alliance retain a nonexclusive royalty-free license to publish or reproduce the published form of this contribution, or allow others to do so, for US Government purposes. This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States government.

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Black Silicon Solar Thin-film Microcells Integrating Top Nanocone Structures for Broadband and Omnidirectional Light-Trapping  

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Recently developed classes of monocrystalline silicon solar microcells (u-cell) can be assembled into modules with characteristics (i.e., mechanically flexible forms, compact concentrator designs, and high-voltage outputs) that would be impossible to achieve using conventional, wafer-based approaches. In this paper, we describe a highly dense, uniform and non-periodic nanocone forest structure of black silicon (bSi) created on optically-thin (30 um) u-cells for broadband and omnidirectional light-trapping with a lithography-free and high-throughput plasma texturizing process. With optimized plasma etching conditions and a silicon nitride passivation layer, black silicon u-cells, when embedded in a polymer waveguiding layer, display dramatic increases of as much as 65.7% in short circuit current, as compared to a bare silicon device. The conversion efficiency increases from 8% to 11.5% with a small drop in open circuit voltage and fill factor.

Xu, Zhida; Brueckner, Eric P; Li, Lanfang; Jiang, Jing; Nuzzo, Ralph G; Liu, Gang L

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PARABOLOIDAL DISH SOLAR CONCENTRATORS FOR MULTI-MEGAWATT POWER GENERATION Keith Lovegrove , Tui Taumoefolau, Sawat Paitoonsurikarn, Piya Siangsukone, Greg Burgess, Andreas Luzzi,  

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based solar thermal plants using steam is being investigated using the transient simulation package of distributed dish, central generation solar thermal power systems using either direct steam generation-dish, steam-based, solar thermal power station in White Cliffs (Kaneff 1991). A parallel line

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

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The current–voltage 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; Ramón Tena-Zaera

2014-01-17T23:59:59.000Z

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Thermodynamic and Kinetic Study of the Carbothermal Reduction of SnO2 for Solar Thermochemical Fuel Generation  

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Thermodynamic and Kinetic Study of the Carbothermal Reduction of SnO2 for Solar Thermochemical Fuel Generation ... Fossil fuel depletion and the environmental impact of their generalized use on the climate stability are major issues for the upcoming century. ... The carboredn. in SnO2 to produce Sn and its hydrolysis with steam to generate hydrogen were studied. ...

Gaël Levêque; Stéphane Abanades

2013-12-18T23:59:59.000Z

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OSEGT Eligibility Listing Procedure Updated 6/2/14 Other solar electric generating technologies (OSEGTs) are defined as all technologies other than  

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OSEGT Eligibility Listing Procedure Updated 6/2/14 Other solar of full safety certification. The eligibility process for other solar electric generating technologies suitable estimates of capacity and energy production prior to reservation of funds. #12;OSEGT

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Experimental Demonstration of Quasi-Resonant Absorption in Silicon Thin Films for Enhanced Solar Light Trapping  

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We experimentally demonstrate that the addition of partial lattice disorder to a thin-film micro-crystalline silicon photonic crystal results in the controlled spectral broadening of its absorption peaks to form quasi resonances; increasing light trapping over a wide bandwidth while also reducing sensitivity to the angle of incident radiation. Accurate computational simulations are used to design the active-layer photonic crystal so as to maximize the number of its absorption resonances over the broadband interval where micro-crystalline silicon is weakly absorbing before lattice disorder augmented with fabrication-induced imperfections are applied to further boost performance. Such a design strategy may find practical use for increasing the efficiency of thin-film silicon photovoltaics.

Oskooi, Ardavan; Ishizaki, Kenji; Noda, Susumu

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Influence of substrate refractive index and antireflection coating on excitons generation in organic solar cell  

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Solar cells are manufactured with the application of inorganic semiconductors and with the application of organic semiconductors. Organic solar cells have presently lower efficiency than their inorganic...2010).

Ewa Gondek

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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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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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Regional variations in the health, environmental, and climate benefits of wind and solar generation  

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...When wind or solar energy displace...and solar energy provide health...that wind or solar displaceallgeneratorsinthesystem...data. The advantage of this approach...etc. The disadvantage is that...benefits of wind energy in Texas...wind and solar. This work...

Kyle Siler-Evans; Inês Lima Azevedo; M. Granger Morgan; Jay Apt

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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A 927 MHz Solar Powered Active Antenna Oscillator Beacon Signal Generator  

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technology, which scavenges through solar energy the power necessary for operation. Starting from a folded. Properly placed solar cells and a regulator are used to bias the device by scavenging solar energy from applications [2]. Moreover, a solar cell based power source can be quite easily implemented using commercial

Tentzeris, Manos

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14%-efficient flexible CdTe solar cells on ultra-thin glass substrates  

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Flexible glass enables high-temperature, roll-to-roll processing of superstrate devices with higher photocurrents than flexible polymer foils because of its higher optical transmission. Using flexible glass in our high-temperature CdTe process, we achieved a certified record conversion efficiency of 14.05% for a flexible CdTe solar cell. Little has been reported on the flexibility of CdTe devices, so we investigated the effects of three different static bending conditions on device performance. We observed a consistent trend of increased short-circuit current and fill factor, whereas the open-circuit voltage consistently dropped. The quantum efficiency under the same static bend condition showed no change in the response. After storage in a flexed state for 24 h, there was very little change in device efficiency relative to its unflexed state. This indicates that flexible glass is a suitable replacement for rigid glass substrates, and that CdTe solar cells can tolerate bending without a decrease in device performance.

Rance, W. L.; Burst, J. M.; Reese, M. O.; Gessert, T. A.; Metzger, W. K.; Barnes, T. M. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); Meysing, D. M.; Wolden, C. A. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); Garner, S.; Cimo, P. [Corning Incorporated, Corning, New York 14831 (United States)

2014-04-07T23:59:59.000Z

336

Use of Solar and Wind as a Physical Hedge against Price Variability within a Generation Portfolio  

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This study provides a framework to explore the potential use and incremental value of small- to large-scale penetration of solar and wind technologies as a physical hedge against the risk and uncertainty of electricity cost on multi-year to multi-decade timescales. Earlier studies characterizing the impacts of adding renewable energy (RE) to portfolios of electricity generators often used a levelized cost of energy or simplified net cash flow approach. In this study, we expand on previous work by demonstrating the use of an 8760 hourly production cost model (PLEXOS) to analyze the incremental impact of solar and wind penetration under a wide range of penetration scenarios for a region in the Western U.S. We do not attempt to 'optimize' the portfolio in any of these cases. Rather we consider different RE penetration scenarios, that might for example result from the implementation of a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to explore the dynamics, risk mitigation characteristics and incremental value that RE might add to the system. We also compare the use of RE to alternative mechanisms, such as the use of financial or physical supply contracts to mitigate risk and uncertainty, including consideration of their effectiveness and availability over a variety of timeframes.

Jenkin, T.; Diakov, V.; Drury, E.; Bush, B.; Denholm, P.; Milford, J.; Arent, D.; Margolis, R.; Byrne, R.

2013-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

337

Control of morphology for enhanced electronic transport in PECVD-grown a-Si : H Thin Films  

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Solar cells have become an increasingly viable alternative to traditional, pollution causing power generation methods. Although crystalline silicon (c-Si) modules make up most of the market, thin films such as hydrogenated ...

Castro Galnares, Sebastián

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

338

Development of tandem amorphous/microcrystalline silicon thin-film large-area see-through color solar panels with reflective layer and 4-step laser scribing for building-integrated photovoltaic applications  

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In this work, tandem amorphous/microcrystalline silicon thin-film large-area see-through color solar modules were successfully designed and developed for building-integrated photovoltaic applications. Novel and key technologies of reflective layers and ...

Chin-Yi Tsai, Chin-Yao Tsai

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

339

Historical development of concentrating solar power technologies to generate clean electricity efficiently – A review  

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Abstract The conventional ways for generating electricity around the world face two main problems, which are gradual increase in the earth?s average surface temperature (global warming) and depleting fossil fuel reserves. So switching to renewable energy technologies is an urgent need. Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies are one of renewable technologies that are able to solve the present and future electricity problems. In this paper the historical evolution for the cornerstone plants of CSP technologies to generate clean electricity was reviewed and the current projects worldwide of CSP technologies were presented to show that the CSP technologies are technically and commercially proven and have the possibility for hybridization with fossil fuel or integration with storage systems to sustain continuous operation similar to conventional plants. Among all solar thermal technologies parabolic trough is the most technically and commercially proven. It also has the possibility for hybridization since it is proven by operating in several commercial projects for more than 28 years. It has a high maturity level and able to provide the required operating heat energy either as a stand-alone or in hybrid systems at the lowest cost and lower economic risks. For this reason, this technology is dominant in the operational and under-construction projects. However, currently there is a trend toward employing the other CSP technologies in the future projects as a result of the improvement in their performance. The use of PTC technology in the operational CSP projects is 95.7% and has decreased to 73.4% for the under-construction projects. Meanwhile, the uses of Fresnel collector (LFC), Tower power (TSP) and Stirling dish (SDC) technologies in the operational projects are 2.07%, 2.24%, and 0% respectively and have increased to 5.74%, 20.82% and 0.052% respectively for the under-construction projects. For the development projects, the use of TSP technology has reached to 71.43%, compared to 28.57% for PTC.

Dhyia Aidroos Baharoon; Hasimah Abdul Rahman; Wan Zaidi Wan Omar; Saeed Obaid Fadhl

2015-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

340

Ultra-Thin, Triple-Bandgap GaInP/GaAs/GaInAs Monolithic Tandem Solar Cells  

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The performance of state-of-the-art, series-connected, lattice-matched (LM), triple-junction (TJ), III-V tandem solar cells could be improved substantially (10-12%) by replacing the Ge bottom subcell with a subcell having a bandgap of {approx}1 eV. For the last several years, research has been conducted by a number of organizations to develop {approx}1-eV, LM GaInAsN to provide such a subcell, but, so far, the approach has proven unsuccessful. Thus, the need for a high-performance, monolithically integrable, 1-eV subcell for TJ tandems has remained. In this paper, we present a new TJ tandem cell design that addresses the above-mentioned problem. Our approach involves inverted epitaxial growth to allow the monolithic integration of a lattice-mismatched (LMM) {approx}1-eV GaInAs/GaInP double-heterostructure (DH) bottom subcell with LM GaAs (middle) and GaInP (top) upper subcells. A transparent GaInP compositionally graded layer facilitates the integration of the LM and LMM components. Handle-mounted, ultra-thin device fabrication is a natural consequence of the inverted-structure approach, which results in a number of advantages, including robustness, potential low cost, improved thermal management, incorporation of back-surface reflectors, and possible reclamation/reuse of the parent crystalline substrate for further cost reduction. Our initial work has concerned GaInP/GaAs/GaInAs tandem cells grown on GaAs substrates. In this case, the 1-eV GaInAs experiences 2.2% compressive LMM with respect to the substrate. Specially designed GaInP graded layers are used to produce 1-eV subcells with performance parameters nearly equaling those of LM devices with the same bandgap (e.g., LM, 1-eV GaInAsP grown on InP). Previously, we reported preliminary ultra-thin tandem devices (0.237 cm{sup 2}) with NREL-confirmed efficiencies of 31.3% (global spectrum, one sun) (1), 29.7% (AM0 spectrum, one sun) (2), and 37.9% (low-AOD direct spectrum, 10.1 suns) (3), all at 25 C. Here, we include recent results of testing similar devices under the concentrated AMO spectrum, and also present the first demonstration of a high-efficiency, ultra-thin GaInP/GaAs/GaInAs tandem cell processed on a flexible kapton handle.

Wanlass, M. W.; Ahrenkiel, S. P.; Albin, D. S.; Carapella, J. J.; Duda, A.; Emery, K.; Geisz, J. F.; Jones, K.; Kurtz, S.; Moriarty, T.; Romero, M. J.

2007-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Development of Thin Film Membrane Assemblies with Novel Nanostructured Electrocatalyst for Next Generation Fuel Cells  

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Development of Thin Film Membrane Assemblies with Novel Nanostructured Electrocatalyst for Next of the efficiency loss (80%) in a fuel cell arises due to the cathode. Oxygen reduction at the cathode requires is to synthesize nanosized Pt-X electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction through pulse and electroless deposition

Popov, Branko N.

342

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

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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

344

Department of Energy Offers Support for Arizona Solar Project | Department  

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Arizona Solar Project Arizona Solar Project Department of Energy Offers Support for Arizona Solar Project January 20, 2011 - 12:00am Addthis Washington D.C. --- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the offer of a conditional commitment to Agua Caliente Solar, LLC for a loan guarantee of up to $967 million. The loan guarantee will support the construction of a 290-megawatt photovoltaic solar generating facility located in Yuma County, Arizona that will use thin film solar panels from First Solar, Inc. The project sponsor, NRG Solar, estimates the project will be the largest photovoltaic generation facility in the world when it is completed. "Solar projects like this are helping the U.S. to compete globally for the clean energy jobs of today and the future," said Secretary Chu. "The

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Department of Energy Offers Support for Arizona Solar Project | Department  

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Support for Arizona Solar Project Support for Arizona Solar Project Department of Energy Offers Support for Arizona Solar Project January 20, 2011 - 12:00am Addthis Washington D.C. --- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the offer of a conditional commitment to Agua Caliente Solar, LLC for a loan guarantee of up to $967 million. The loan guarantee will support the construction of a 290-megawatt photovoltaic solar generating facility located in Yuma County, Arizona that will use thin film solar panels from First Solar, Inc. The project sponsor, NRG Solar, estimates the project will be the largest photovoltaic generation facility in the world when it is completed. "Solar projects like this are helping the U.S. to compete globally for the clean energy jobs of today and the future," said Secretary Chu. "The

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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 1330 Pa (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 300–525 °C and 20–160 min 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 800–830 mV, and the highest doping concentration measured was in the 1016 cm? 3 range.

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

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

347

Growth direction of oblique angle electron beam deposited silicon monoxide thin films identified by optical second-harmonic generation  

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Oblique angle deposited (OAD) silicon monoxide (SiO) thin films forming tilted columnar structures have been characterized by second-harmonic generation. It was found that OAD SiO leads to a rotationally anisotropic second-harmonic response, depending on the optical angle of incidence. A model for the observed dependence of the second-harmonic signal on optical angle of incidence allows extraction of the growth direction of OAD films. The optically determined growth directions show convincing agreement with cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy images. In addition to a powerful characterization tool, these results demonstrate the possibilities for designing nonlinear optical devices through SiO OAD.

Vejling Andersen, Søren; Lund Trolle, Mads; Pedersen, Kjeld [Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, Aalborg University, Skjernvej 4A, DK-9220 Aalborg Øst (Denmark)] [Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, Aalborg University, Skjernvej 4A, DK-9220 Aalborg Øst (Denmark)

2013-12-02T23:59:59.000Z

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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

349

High efficiency, low cost, thin film silicon solar cell design and method for making  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

A semiconductor device having a substrate, a conductive intermediate layer deposited onto said substrate, wherein the intermediate layer serves as a back electrode, an optical reflector, and an interface for impurity gettering, and a semiconductor layer deposited onto said intermediate layer, wherein the semiconductor layer has a grain size at least as large as the layer thickness, and preferably about ten times the layer thickness. The device is formed by depositing a metal layer on a substrate, depositing a semiconductive material on the metal-coated substrate to produce a composite structure, and then optically processing the composite structure by illuminating it with infrared electromagnetic radiation according to a unique time-energy profile that first produces pits in the backside surface of the semiconductor material, then produces a thin, highly reflective, low resistivity alloy layer over the entire area of the interface between the semiconductor material and the metal layer, and finally produces a grain-enhanced semiconductor layer. The time-energy profile includes increasing the energy to a first energy level to initiate pit formation and create the desired pit size and density, then ramping up to a second energy level in which the entire device is heated to produce an interfacial melt, and finally reducing the energy to a third energy level and holding for a period of time to allow enhancement in the grain size of the semiconductor layer.

Sopori, Bhushan L. (Denver, CO)

2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

350

Solar's combined-cycle system utilizes novel steam-generator concept  

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As escalating fuel costs force equipment users to seek more efficient prime movers, the combined-cycle system will become increasingly attractive because it retains the advantages of simple-cycle gas turbines - low installation costs, high availability, low maintenance, and low emission levels - while adding 40% power output from the steam-based system operated on the turbine exhaust. Solar Turbines International has sought to develop an automated, remote-control combined-cycle system that can be easily retrofitted to existing simple-cycle power stations. The key component giving the system its advantages over the hazardous, complex steam-drum-type boiler systems is a once-through dual-pressure steam-generator device that eliminates the need for drums and elaborate control mechanisms. Forty identical parallel tube circuits suspended from a single frame are connected to common inlet and discharge manifolds; the individual circuits are made of dual high- and low-pressure bundles, with each bundle having economizer, vaporizer, and superheating sections. The 40 circuits comprise one complete steam-generator module core matrix. By injecting the superheated low-pressure steam into the latter stages of the steam turbine, the dual-pressure feature improves the heat recovery by more than 12% over conventional devices. The only water treatment that the corrosion-resistant tube material requires is the removal of dissolved solids.

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1980-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

351

Analyzing local exciton generation profiles as a means to extract transport lengths in organic solar cells  

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In this work, we determine the carrier-transport lengths of electrons and holes (Le,h) for bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells using a method applicable to functional devices. By linking the local exciton generation profile [G(x)] in the photoactive layer to photocurrent losses, we are able to determine the onset of bimolecular recombination, which is the dominate loss process of free carrier transport. Even though many factors affect photocurrent generation, we single out bimolecular recombination by measuring the scaling of photocurrent with light intensity as a function of applied voltage. For the common BHJ system, annealed poly-3-hexylthiophene:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM), a minimum for Le in PCBM is found to be 340 nm while Lh is estimated to be 90 nm for P3HT. The relationship between G(x) and carrier transport is further exemplified by demonstrating a scaling exponent below that for traditional space-charge-limited photocurrent. Likewise, by incorporating a drift/diffusion model, an intuitive link between G(x) and charge transport is established where recombination is shown to occur in regions of the photoactive layer far from the electrode of the slowest carrier species. Finally, the consequences of Le,h on device design for operation under 1 Sun conditions are described.

John R. Tumbleston; Doo-Hyun Ko; Edward T. Samulski; Rene Lopez

2010-11-19T23:59:59.000Z

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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

353

Solar thermal power generation: a bibliography with abstracts. Quarterly update, October-December 1979  

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This annotated bibliography contains the following subjects: energy overviews, solar overviews, energy conservation, economics and law, solar thermal power, thermionic and thermoelectric, ocean thermal energy conversion, biomass and photochemical energy, and large-scale photovoltaics. (MHR)

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1980-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

354

Solar Generator Performance with Load Matching to Water Electrolysis Longterm Averages and Range of Instantaneous Efficiencies  

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The efficiency of producing hydrogen by solar energy conversion via solar cells and water electrolysis is determined by the performance of the ... wired to an electronic simulation of an advanced water electrolys...

K. Freudenberg

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

355

Heating of Coronal Holes and Generation of the Solar Wind by Ion-Cyclotron Resonance  

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We discuss a new model to describe the heating of the magnetically open solar corona and ... acceleration of the fast solar wind by the cyclotron resonant interaction of coronal ions with ion-cyclotron waves. Thi...

Philip A. Isenberg

2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

356

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

E-Print Network [OSTI]

Solar energy has emerged as one of the most rapidly growing renewable sources of electricity due to several advantages: (

Mariani, Giacomo

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

357

A KINETIC MODEL OF SOLAR WIND GENERATION BY OBLIQUE ION-CYCLOTRON WAVES  

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The fast solar wind is generated by extended perpendicular ion heating in coronal holes, but the kinetic mechanism responsible for this heating has not been determined. One long-standing possibility is the resonant-cyclotron dissipation of ion-cyclotron waves, replenished from a turbulent cascade of interacting counter-propagating Alfven waves. We present results of a kinetic model for proton heating by the quasilinear resonant-cyclotron wave-particle interaction in a coronal hole. The resonant wave spectrum is taken as a power law in wavenumber, uniformly distributed in propagation direction between 0 deg. and 60 deg. with respect to the large-scale radial magnetic field. We obtain the steady-state solution of the kinetic guiding-center equation for the proton distribution in an expanding coronal hole, including the effects of large-scale forces of gravity, charge-separation electric field, Alfven wave ponderomotive force, and mirror force, along with the small-scale scattering from the wave dissipation. We find that plausible wave intensities can yield reasonable flow speeds and temperatures in the heliocentric radial range between 2 and 6 solar radii. We address the claim in earlier work that dissipation of parallel-propagating ion-cyclotron waves cannot provide enough acceleration and show that claim to be incorrect. We find that the combined action of the large-scale forces and the resonant-cyclotron scattering produces proton distribution functions with a characteristic structure: compressed in the sunward half of velocity space with a high-density shell separate from the origin, and relatively expanded in the anti-sunward half of velocity space. We suggest that qualitatively similar proton distributions would result from the kinetic evolution of any sufficiently effective perpendicular heating mechanism operating in an expanding coronal hole.

Isenberg, Philip A.; Vasquez, Bernard J. [Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space and Department of Physics, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824 (United States)

2011-04-20T23:59:59.000Z

358

Efficient multi-keV x-ray source generated by nanosecond laser pulse irradiated multi-layer thin foils target  

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A new target configuration is proposed to generate efficient multi-keV x-ray source using multiple thin foils as x-ray emitters. The target was constructed with several layers of thin foils, which were placed with a specific, optimized spacing. The thin foils are burned though one by one by a nanosecond-long laser pulse, which produced a very large, hot, underdense plasma. One-dimensional radiation hydrodynamic simulations show that the emission region and the multi-keV x-ray flux generated by multi-layer thin foil target are similar to that of the low-density gas or foam target, which is currently a bright multi-keV x-ray source generated by laser heating. Detailed analysis of a range of foil thicknesses showed that a layer-thickness of 0.1??m is thin enough to generate an efficient multi-keV x-ray source. Additionally, this type of target can be easily manufactured, compared with the complex techniques for fabrication of low-density foam targets. Our preliminary experimental results also verified that the size of multi-keV x-ray emission region could be enhanced significantly by using a multi-layer Ti thin foil target.

Tu, Shao-yong [Department of Modern Physics and CAS Key Laboratory of Geospace Environment, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China) [Department of Modern Physics and CAS Key Laboratory of Geospace Environment, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Hu, Guang-yue, E-mail: gyhu@ustc.edu.cn; Zhao, Bin; Zheng, Jian [Department of Modern Physics and CAS Key Laboratory of Geospace Environment, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)] [Department of Modern Physics and CAS Key Laboratory of Geospace Environment, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Miao, Wen-yong; Yuan, Yong-teng; Zhan, Xia-yu; Hou, Li-fei; Jiang, Shao-en; Ding, Yong-kun [Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China)] [Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China)

2014-04-15T23:59:59.000Z

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SOLAR ENERGY FOR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS Solar Suitability Assessment  

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SOLAR ENERGY FOR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS Solar Suitability Assessment of Dalhousie University.................................................................................................. 2 2.2 Solar Radiation Data for Calculating Solar Energy Resource .................... 3 3 Campus.1 Evaluation of Suitability for Solar Energy Generation................................ 12 4.2 Solar

Brownstone, Rob

360

High-efficiency thin and compact concentrator photovoltaics using micro-solar cells with via-holes sandwiched between thin lens-array and circuit board  

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We have developed a compact concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) module that comprises micro-solar cells with an area of ?0.6 ? 0.6 mm2 sandwiched between a 20-mm-thick lens array and a 1-mm-thick circuit board with no air gap. To establish electrical connections between the circuit board and the micro-solar cells, we developed a micro-solar cell with positive and negative electrodes on the lower face of the cell. In this study, we demonstrated the photovoltaic performance of the micro-solar cell closely approaches that of the standard solar cell measuring ?5 ? 5 mm2 commonly used in conventional CPVs under concentrated illumination. Our study showed that the negative effect on PV performance of perimeter carrier recombination in the micro-solar cell was insignificant under concentrated illumination. Finally, we assembled our micro-solar cells into a CPV module and achieved the module energy conversion efficiency of 34.7% under outdoor solar illumination.

Akihiro Itou; Tetsuya Asano; Daijiro Inoue; Hidekazu Arase; Akio Matsushita; Nobuhiko Hayashi; Ryutaro Futakuchi; Kazuo Inoue; Masaki Yamamoto; Eiji Fujii; Tohru Nakagawa; Yoshiharu Anda; Hidetoshi Ishida; Tetsuzo Ueda; Onur Fidaner; Michael Wiemer; Daisuke Ueda

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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361

Solar powered hydrogen generating facility and hydrogen powered vehicle fleet. Final technical report, August 11, 1994--January 6, 1997  

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This final report describes activities carried out in support of a demonstration of a hydrogen powered vehicle fleet and construction of a solar powered hydrogen generation system. The hydrogen generation system was permitted for construction, constructed, and permitted for operation. It is not connected to the utility grid, either for electrolytic generation of hydrogen or for compression of the gas. Operation results from ideal and cloudy days are presented. The report also describes the achievement of licensing permits for their hydrogen powered trucks in California, safety assessments of the trucks, performance data, and information on emissions measurements which demonstrate performance better than the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle levels.

Provenzano, J.J.

1997-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

362

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

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for efficient photovoltaic cells, Nat. Nanotechnol. 6, 568-for efficient photovoltaic cells, Nat. Nanotechnol. 6, 568-trapping in thin-film photovoltaic cells, Opt. Express 8,

Mariani, Giacomo

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Shengrui Solar | Open Energy Information  

Open Energy Info (EERE)

Shengrui Solar Jump to: navigation, search Name: Shengrui Solar Place: Hong Kong Product: Hong Kong headquartered company with thin-film PV production in China. References:...

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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

365

Novel Molten Salts Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power Generation  

Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

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High Temperature Thermal Array for Next Generation Solar Thermal Power Production  

Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

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Power generation from thermoelectric cells by using solar parabolic concentration dish.  

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??Thermoelectric and solar-energy technologies are the focus of significant research, and can make a major contribution to the need to find alternative methods of power… (more)

Fan, H

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

368

Microfluidic pumps employing surface acoustic waves generated in ZnO thin films  

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ZnO thin film based surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices have been utilized to fabricate microfluidic pumps. The SAW devices were fabricated on nanocrystalline ZnO piezoelectric thin films deposited on Si substrates using rf magnetron sputtering and use a Sezawa wave mode for effective droplet motion. The as-deposited ZnO surface is hydrophilic, with a water contact angle of {approx}75 deg., which prevents droplet pumping. Therefore, the ZnO surface was coated using a self-assembled monolayer of octadecyltrichlorosilane which forms a hydrophobic surface with a water contact angle of {approx}110 deg. Liquid droplets between 0.5 and 1 {mu}l in volume were successfully pumped on the hydrophobic ZnO surface at velocities up to 1 cm s{sup -1}. Under acoustic pressure, the water droplet on an hydrophilic surface becomes deformed, and the asymmetry in the contact angle at the trailing and leading edges allow the force acting upon the droplet to be calculated. These forces, which increase with input voltage above a threshold level, are found to be in the range of {approx}100 {mu}N. A pulsed rf signal has also been used to demonstrate precision manipulation of the liquid droplets. Furthermore, a SAW device structure is demonstrated in which the ZnO piezoelectric only exists under the input and output transducers. This structure still permits pumping, while avoiding direct contact between the piezoelectric material and the fluid. This is of particular importance for biological laboratory-on-a-chip applications.

Du, X. Y.; Flewitt, A. J.; Milne, W. I. [Electrical Engineering Division, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, JJ Thomson Ave., Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom); Fu, Y. Q. [Electrical Engineering Division, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, JJ Thomson Ave., Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom); Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (United Kingdom); Luo, J. K. [Electrical Engineering Division, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, JJ Thomson Ave., Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom); Centre for Material Research and Innovation, University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB (United Kingdom)

2009-01-15T23:59:59.000Z

369

General-purpose heat source: Research and development program, radioisotope thermoelectric generator/thin fragment impact test  

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The general-purpose heat source provides power for space missions by transmitting the heat of {sup 238}Pu decay to an array of thermoelectric elements in a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). Because the potential for a launch abort or return from orbit exists for any space mission, the heat source response to credible accident scenarios is being evaluated. This test was designed to provide information on the response of a loaded RTG to impact by a fragment similar to the type of fragment produced by breakup of the spacecraft propulsion module system. The results of this test indicated that impact by a thin aluminum fragment traveling at 306 m/s may result in significant damage to the converter housing, failure of one fueled clad, and release of a small quantity of fuel.

Reimus, M.A.H.; Hinckley, J.E.

1996-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

370

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 (0 0 2). 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

371

R.Perez, K.Zweibel, T.Hoff Solar Power Generation in the US  

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energy skeptics because the cost of unsubsidized solar power appears to be much higher than that solar electric power plants deliver to utilities' rate payers and society's tax payers. Benefits that are relevant to utilities and their rate payers include traditional, measures of energy and capacity. Benefits

Perez, Richard R.

372

High-Efficiency Solar Cells for Large-Scale Electricity Generation  

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One strategy for helping the solar industry to grow faster is to use very high efficiency cells under concentrating optics. By using lenses or mirrors to concentrate the light, very small solar cells can be used, reducing the amount of semiconductor material and allowing use of higher efficiency cells, which are now >40% efficient.

Kurtz, S.; Olson, J.; Geisz, J.; Friedman, D.; McMahon, W.; Ptak, A.; Wanlass, M.; Kibbler, A.; Kramer, C.; Bertness, K.; Ward, S.; Duda, A.; Young, M.; Carapella, J.; Steiner, M.

2008-09-26T23:59:59.000Z

373

Solar thermal power generation: a bibliography with abstracts. Quarterly update, July-September 1979  

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This annotated bibliography covers the following subjects: energy overviews, solar overviews, energy conservation, economics and law, solar thermal power, thermionic and thermoelectric, ocean thermal energy conversion, wind power, biomass and photochemical energy, and large scale photovoltaics. An author index and a keyword index are included. (MHR)

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1980-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

374

Solar thermal power generation: a bibliography with abstracts. Quarterly update, April-June 1980  

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This annotated bibliography covers the following subjects: energy overviews; solar overviews; energy conservation; environment, law, and policy; total energy systems; solar thermal power and energy storage; thermoelectric, thermionic, and thermolysis; Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion; wind energy; biomass; bioconversion, and photochemical; satellite power systems; and photovoltaic applications. (MHR)

Sparkman, T.; Bozman, W.R. (eds.)

1980-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

375

Solar power generation: a bibliography with abstracts. Quarterly update, January-March 1981  

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This annotated bibliography covers: energy overviews; solar overviews; energy conservation; environment, health, and safety; economics, law, and policy; total energy, hybrid, and combined systems; solar thermal power; thermoelectric, thermionic, and thermochemical; ocean thermal energy conversion; wind energy; biomass, bioconversion, biochemical and energy storage. An author index and a keyword index are included. (LEW)

Sparkman, T.; Bozman, W.R. (eds.)

1981-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

376

Solar power generation: a bibliography with abstracts. Quarterly update, October-December 1980  

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This annotated bibliography covers the following subjects: energy overviews; solar overviews; energy conservation; environmental, health, and safety aspects; economics, law, and policy; total energy, hybrid, and combined systems; solar thermal power; thermoelectric, thermionic, and thermochemical; ocean thermal energy conversion; wind energy; biomass, bioconversion, biochemical, photochemical; and energy storage. (MHR)

Not Available

1981-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

377

Solar thermal power generation: a bibliography with abstracts. Quarterly update, January-March 1980  

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This annotated bibliography contains the following: energy overviews, solar overviews, energy conservation, economics and law, total energy systems, solar thermal power, thermionic and thermoelectric, ocean thermal energy conversion, wind power, biomass and photochemical energy, satellite power stations, and large-scale photovoltaics. (MHR)

Not Available

1980-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

378

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

379

Dye-Sentitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) are an emerging low-cost third generation photovoltaic technology particularly suited for efficient light-  

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light-to -electricity conversion efficiency in early implementations under AM1.5 solar light. EasyDye-Sentitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) are an emerging low-cost third generation photovoltaic technology particularly suited for efficient light- to-electricity conversion in indoors low-light

380

Microcavity effects on the generation, fluorescence, and diffusion of excitons in organic solar cells  

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We compute the short-circuit diffusion current of excitons in an organic solar cell, with special emphasis on fluorescence losses. The exciton diffusion length is not uniform but...

Kozyreff, G; Urbanek, D C; Vuong, L T; Silleras, O Nieto; Martorell, J

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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381

Task 39 Exhibition – Assembly of Polymeric Components for a New Generation of Solar Thermal Energy Systems  

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Abstract IEA SHC Task 39 is dedicated to the development, optimization and deployment of materials and designs for polymer based solar thermal systems and components. To increase the confidence in polymeric solar thermal applications, Task 39 actively supports international research activities and seeks to promote successful applications and state-of-the-art products. For the SHC conference 2013, different polymeric components suitable for domestic hot water preparation and space heating were singled out for an exhibition. Promising polymeric collectors, air collectors, thermosiphons, storage tanks and other components from industrial partners all over the world were brought to Freiburg and assembled at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. The resulting SHC Task 39 Exhibition of polymeric components shows the feasibility of all-polymeric solar thermal systems and highlights their potential, especially as scalable and modular applications for building integration or as export products to sunny regions.

Michael Koehl; Sandrin Saile; Andreas Piekarczyk; Stephan Fischer

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

382

One Optimal Sizing Method for Designing Hybrid Solar-Wind-Diesel Power Generation Systems  

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This paper recommended an optimal design model for designing stand-alone hybrid solar-wind-diesel systems. The optimum configuration ensures that the annualized cost of the systems is minimized while satisfying t...

Zhou Wei; Yang Hongxing

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

383

Optical and thermodynamic analysis and optimization of a novel solar concentrating system for distributed power generation.  

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??A novel central receiver power system utilizing linked-tracking heliostats is analyzed for distributed-scale concentrated solar power. Smaller linkage groupings are typically found to have a… (more)

Dunham, Marc Tyler Deo

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

384

Concentrated solar power in the future of electricity generation: a synthesis of reasons  

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...electricity generation. Experience...steam-Rankine coal-fired power plants, nuclear...defaults in generation units. Large...need to have a generation system with...the unitary power will have to...and natural gas. Evidently...

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

385

Apparatus and method for characterizing thin film and interfaces using an optical heat generator and detector  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

An optical heat generation and detection system generates a first non-destructive pulsed beam of electromagnetic radiation that is directed upon a sample containing at least one interface between similar or dissimilar materials. The first pulsed beam of electromagnetic radiation, a pump beam (21a), produces a non-uniform temperature change within the sample. A second non-destructive pulsed beam of electromagnetic radiation, a probe beam (21b), is also directed upon the sample. Physical and chemical properties of the materials, and of the interface, are measured by observing changes in a transient optical response of the sample to the probe beam, as revealed by a time dependence of changes in, by example, beam intensity, direction, or state of polarization. The system has increased sensitivity to interfacial properties including defects, contaminants, chemical reactions and delaminations, as compared to conventional non-destructive, non-contact techniques. One feature of this invention is a determination of a Kapitza resistance at the interface, and the correlation of the determined Kapitza resistance with a characteristic of the interface, such as roughness, delamination, the presence of contaminants, etc.

Maris, Humphrey J (Barrington, RI); Stoner, Robert J (Duxbury, MA)

1998-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

386

Apparatus and method for characterizing thin film and interfaces using an optical heat generator and detector  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

An optical heat generation and detection system generates a first non-destructive pulsed beam of electromagnetic radiation that is directed upon a sample containing at least one interface between similar or dissimilar materials. The first pulsed beam of electromagnetic radiation, a pump beam, produces a non-uniform temperature change within the sample. A second non-destructive pulsed beam of electromagnetic radiation, a probe beam, is also directed upon the sample. Physical and chemical properties of the materials, and of the interface, are measured by observing changes in a transient optical response of the sample to the probe beam, as revealed by a time dependence of changes in, by example, beam intensity, direction, or state of polarization. The system has increased sensitivity to interfacial properties including defects, contaminants, chemical reactions and delaminations, as compared to conventional non-destructive, non-contact techniques. One feature of this invention is a determination of a Kapitza resistance at the interface, and the correlation of the determined Kapitza resistance with a characteristic of the interface, such as roughness, delamination, the presence of contaminants, etc. 31 figs.

Maris, H.J.; Stoner, R.J.

1998-05-05T23:59:59.000Z

387

Analysis of the Impact of Balancing Area Cooperation on the Operation of the Western Interconnection with Wind and Solar Generation (Presentation)  

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This presentation describes the analysis of the impact of balancing area cooperation on the operation of the Western Interconnection with wind and solar generation, including a discussion of operating reserves, ramping, production simulation, and conclusions.

Milligan, M.; Lew, D.; Jordan, G.; Piwko, R.; Kirby, B.; King, J.; Beuning, S.

2011-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

388

Investigating and establishing limiting heat flux for passively cooled and solar concentrated thermoelectric power generation system.  

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??Thermoelectric generators (TEG) working on the principle of Seebeck effect have gathered the attention during this period as a potential device that can generate electricity… (more)

Date, A

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

389

Large-Scale PV Module Manufacturing Using Ultra-Thin Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells: Final Subcontract Report, 1 April 2002--28 February 2006  

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The major objectives of this program were to continue advances of BP Solar polycrystalline silicon manufacturing technology. The Program included work in the following areas. (1) Efforts in the casting area to increase ingot size, improve ingot material quality, and improve handling of silicon feedstock as it is loaded into the casting stations. (2) Developing wire saws to slice 100-..mu..m-thick silicon wafers on 290-..mu..m-centers. (3) Developing equipment for demounting and subsequent handling of very thin silicon wafers. (4) Developing cell processes using 100-..mu..m-thick silicon wafers that produce encapsulated cells with efficiencies of at least 15.4% at an overall yield exceeding 95%. (5) Expanding existing in-line manufacturing data reporting systems to provide active process control. (6) Establishing a 50-MW (annual nominal capacity) green-field Mega-plant factory model template based on this new thin polycrystalline silicon technology. (7) Facilitating an increase in the silicon feedstock industry's production capacity for lower-cost solar-grade silicon feedstock..

Wohlgemuth, J.; Narayanan, M.

2006-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

390

Solar Energy  

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There are major advantages to using solar energy for a variety of energy needs including electrical generation and space heating. The availability of solar radiation is extremely high in some localities of the...

Charles E. Brown Ph.D.

2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

391

Synthesis and Characterization of Functional Nanostructured Zinc Oxide Thin Films  

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.1149/1.2357098, copyright The Electrochemical Society 65 #12;66 reduced environmental impact and a minimum undesirable inter-temperature thin film growth technique has been developed to fabricate a new generation of smart and functional and structural requirements of their applications in gas sensors and solar cells. The rapid photothermal

Chow, Lee

392

Comparing Multiple Exciton Generation in Quantum Dots To Impact Ionization in Bulk Semiconductors: Implications for Enhancement of Solar Energy Conversion  

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Interband optical excitation of PbSe NCs at low pump intensities, for which less than one exciton is initially generated per NC on average, results in the formation of two or more excitons (carrier multiplication) when pump photon energies are more than 3 times the NC band gap energy. ... on film doping, NC carrier dynamics, and inter-NC interactions is necessary to build solar energy conversion devices that can harvest the multiple carriers produced by MEG. ... A single-threshold quantum-using device in which the excited carriers thermally equilibrate among themselves, but not with the environment, converts solar energy with an efficiency approaching that of an infinite-threshold device. ...

Matthew C. Beard; Aaron G. Midgett; Mark C. Hanna; Joseph M. Luther; Barbara K. Hughes; Arthur J. Nozik

2010-07-26T23:59:59.000Z

393

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

394

Exciton Generation and Diffusion in Multilayered Organic Solar Cells Designed by Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Poly(p-phenylenevinylene)  

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Exciton Generation and Diffusion in Multilayered Organic Solar Cells Designed by Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Poly(p-phenylenevinylene) ... exciton generation; exciton diffusion; poly(p-phenylenevinylene); layer-by-layer assembly; organic solar cell ... The former solar cells are typically fabricated by solution processes such as spin coating of a blend solution of a conjugated polymer and a fullerene derivative (6) and therefore have attracted much attention because of their suitability for high-throughput production based on the printing and coating techniques (7). ...

Kohji Masuda; Yoshifumi Ikeda; Michihiro Ogawa; Hiroaki Benten; Hideo Ohkita; Shinzaburo Ito

2010-01-04T23:59:59.000Z

395

Statement of Interest in a New Project, in response to PPARC call of April 26th FHIRN: A next-generation radio network for exploring the 3-dimensional solar wind  

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-situ. The heliospheric white-light imagers to be carried on STEREO should extend the ability to estimate solar wind-generation radio network for exploring the 3-dimensional solar wind Future Heliospheric Imaging Radio Network The solar wind is a supersonically-expanding extension of the solar atmosphere into interplanetary space

396

Influence of thin metal as a top electrode on the characteristics of P?I?N a? Si:H solar cells  

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Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a?Si:H) p?n junction solar cells have been fabricated which utilize various metals (Cr Cu Al Pd Ag) as a top electrode. Experimental and theoretical analysis of photovolatic performance in a?Si:H solar cells as a function of resistivity optical transmittance and work function of thin metal films are presented. Metal work function changes the effective built?in potential of p?n junction diodes. Furthermore a lower work function metal forms a good Ohmic contact for substrate –P +?I?N +– electrode cells and high work function metals improve V oc of substrate ?N?I?P cells. Typical V o c values are 760 mV with Cr– Cu– and Al–N?I?P–stainless steel (SS) 700 mV with Pd–N?I?P?SS 600 mV with Pd–P?I?N?SS and 540 mV with Cr–P?I?N?SS. J sc is strongly dependent on transmittance and resistivity of the metal films. Fill factor is independent of the choice of a top electrode. An efficient of 2% has been obtained on a 2 cm2solar cell.

Min?Koo Han; Wayne A. Anderson; R. Lahri; John Coleman

1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

397

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; Güney, Durdu Ö

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

398

On the Heating of the Solar Corona and the Acceleration of the Low-Speed Solar Wind by Acoustic Waves Generated in Corona  

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We investigate possibilities of solar coronal heating by acoustic waves generated not at the photosphere but in the corona, aiming at heating in the mid- to low-latitude corona where the low-speed wind is expected to come from. Acoustic waves of period tau ~ 100s are triggered by chromospheric reconnection, one model of small scale magnetic reconnection events recently proposed by Sturrock. These waves having a finite amplitude eventually form shocks to shape sawtooth waves (N-waves), and directly heat the surrounding corona by dissipation of their wave energy. Outward propagation of the N-waves is treated based on the weak shock theory, so that the heating rate can be evaluated consistently with physical properties of the background coronal plasma without setting a dissipation length in an ad hoc manner. We construct coronal structures from the upper chromosphere to the outside of 1AU for various inputs of the acoustic waves having a range of energy flux of F_{w,0} = (1-20) times 10^5 erg cm^{-2} s^{-1} and a period of tau = 60-300s. The heating by the N-wave dissipation effectively works in the inner corona and we find that the waves of F_{w,0} >= 2 times 10^5 erg cm^{-2} s^{-1} and tau >= 60s could maintain peak coronal temperature, T_{max} > 10^6 K. The model could also reproduce the density profile observed in the streamer region. However, due to its short dissipation length, the location of T_{max} is closer to the surface than the observation, and the resultant flow velocity of the solar wind is lower than the observed profile of the low-speed wind. The cooperations with other heating and acceleration sources with the larger dissipation length are inevitable to reproduce the real solar corona.

Takeru Ken Suzuki

2002-06-14T23:59:59.000Z

399

Solar Firms Scale Back  

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Solar Firms Scale Back ... First Solar, an Arizona-based thin-film photovoltaics firm, said last week that it will restructure its operations to reduce capacity and shift production to more efficient facilities. ...

MELODY BOMGARDNER

2012-04-23T23:59:59.000Z

400

Project Profile: High-Temperature Thermal Array for Next-Generation Solar Thermal Power Production  

Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (ORNL), under the National Laboratory R&D competitive funding opportunity, is developing a megawatt-scale heat pipe–based technology designed to bridge the heliostat reflector field and the power cycle by replacing both the solar receiver and the heat transfer fluid (HTF) system used in concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. The technology, called the high-temperature thermal array, aims to achieve the SunShot Initiative's goals by addressing technical challenges, reducing capital and operating expenses, and increasing net photon-to-electricity conversion efficiency.

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401

Approximating the solar/stellar energy generation rate, luminosity gradient, and the hydrogen content  

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In this paper we wish to develop an analytical technique for modelling the energy generation rate and the luminosity gradient for ... 1989) we derive dimensionless variables for the energy generation rate and lum...

John F. Doorish

1994-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

402

Modelling of a Coil Steam Generator for Concentrated Solar Power Applications.  

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??The project investigates a new design for a CSP plant steam generation system, the Coil Steam Generator(CSG). This system allows faster start-ups and therefore higher… (more)

PELAGOTTI, LEONARDO

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

403

Regional variations in the health, environmental, and climate benefits of wind and solar generation  

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...dominant marginal fuel and, as a...electricity. The average solar panel...allowance prices, which reflect...CSAPR takes effect. For the eastern...delivering fuels. Plant locations...and primary fuel types are from...human-health effects (e.g...using market prices for lost commodities...model give the average, dollar-per-ton...

Kyle Siler-Evans; Inês Lima Azevedo; M. Granger Morgan; Jay Apt

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

404

Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) Calculation Worksheet SRI-WS Computer Generated Form  

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Zone: Building Type: Residential Nonresidential Project Name: Project Address: Roofing Products (Cool Roof) Roofing products with high solar reflectance and thermal emittance are referred to as "Cool Roof required to provide air conditioning. The benefit of a high reflectance surface is obvious: while dark

405

Regional variations in the health, environmental, and climate benefits of wind and solar generation  

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...11/MWh and $17/MWh. In California and the Southwest, natural gas is the dominant marginal fuel and, as a result, solar panels...of renewable energy, which have not been considered here. Capital and labor costs, availability of transmission, and the...

Kyle Siler-Evans; Inês Lima Azevedo; M. Granger Morgan; Jay Apt

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

406

Assessment of Wind/Solar Co-Located Generation in Texas  

Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

As part of the Solar America Cities program, Austin Energy proposed to perform an assessment of the rooftop area available for PV development within its service area. Austin Energy contracted with Clean Energy Associates (CEA) to perform the analysis. This report summarizes the project objectives, data sources and methodological approach employed, and results.

407

Optimal design and techno-economic analysis of a hybrid solar–wind power generation system  

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Solar energy and wind energy are the two most viable renewable energy resources in the world. Good compensation characters are usually found between solar energy and wind energy. This paper recommend an optimal design model for designing hybrid solar–wind systems employing battery banks for calculating the system optimum configurations and ensuring that the annualized cost of the systems is minimized while satisfying the custom required loss of power supply probability (LPSP). The five decision variables included in the optimization process are the PV module number, PV module slope angle, wind turbine number, wind turbine installation height and battery capacity. The proposed method has been applied to design a hybrid system to supply power for a telecommunication relay station along south-east coast of China. The research and project monitoring results of the hybrid project were reported, good complementary characteristics between the solar and wind energy were found, and the hybrid system turned out to be able to perform very well as expected throughout the year with the battery over-discharge situations seldom occurred.

Hongxing Yang; Zhou Wei; Lou Chengzhi

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

408

An in-depth assessment of hybrid solar–geothermal power generation  

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Abstract A major problem faced by many standalone geothermal power plants, particularly in hot and arid climates such as Australia, is the adverse effects of diurnal temperature change on the operation of air-cooled condensers which typically leads to fluctuation in the power output and degradation of thermal efficiency. This study is concerned with the assessment of hybrid solar–geothermal power plants as a means of boosting the power output and where possible moderating the impact of diurnal temperature change. The ultimate goal is to explore the potential benefits from the synergies between the solar and geothermal energy sources. For this purpose the performances of the hybrid systems in terms of power output and the cost of electricity were compared with that of stand-alone solar and geothermal plants. Moreover, the influence of various controlling parameters including the ambient temperature, solar irradiance, geographical location, resource quality, and the operating mode of the power cycle on the performance of the hybrid system were investigated under steady-state conditions. Unsteady-state case studies were also performed to examine the dynamic behaviour of hybrid systems. These case studies were carried out for three different Australian geographic locations using raw hourly meteorological data of a typical year. The process simulation package Aspen-HYSYS was used to simulate plant configurations of interest. Thermodynamic analyses carried out for a reservoir temperature of 120 °C and a fixed brine flow rate of 50 kg/s revealed that under Australian climatic conditions (with a typical ambient temperature of 31 °C in summer) a hybrid plant would outperform stand-alone geothermal and solar power plants if at least 68% of its energy input is met by solar energy (i.e. a solar energy fraction of ?68%). This figure drops to about 19% for reservoir temperatures greater than 170 °C. Case studies also showed that, for a mid-range reservoir temperature of 150 °C, the cost of electricity production can be reduced by 20% when a hybrid plant is used instead of the stand-alone Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS).

Cheng Zhou; Elham Doroodchi; Behdad Moghtaderi

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

409

Regional variations in the health, environmental, and climate benefits of wind and solar generation  

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...400 fossil-fueled power plants, dollar-per-ton...hourly emissions and generation data to estimate...the Emissions and Generation Resource Integrated...Agency (EPA) using Power Control Areas as a guide...displaces coal-fired generators. Sites...beneficial because gas-fired plants...

Kyle Siler-Evans; Inês Lima Azevedo; M. Granger Morgan; Jay Apt

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar Energy.  

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??This thesis is about Photovoltaic (PV) cells and its stresses in various directions by calculating the power generated using solar cells under different conditions to… (more)

Bafana, Ramzi

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

411

Microcavity effects on the generation,fluorescence, and diffusion of excitons in organic solar cells  

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We compute the short-circuit diffusion current of excitons in an organic solar cell, with special emphasis on fluorescence losses. The exciton diffusion length is not uniform but varies with its position within the device, even with moderate fluorescence quantum efficiency. With large quantum efficiencies, the rate of fluorescence can be strongly reduced with proper choices of the geometrical and dielectric parameters. In this way, the diffusion length can be increased and the device performance significantly improved.

Kozyreff, G; Vuong, L T; Silleras, O Nieto; Martorell, J

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

412

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.

413

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

414

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 1–x}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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Investigation of Solar Energy Transfer through Plasmonic Au Nanoparticle-doped Sol-derived TiO? Thin Films in Photocatalysis and Photovoltaics /  

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SAN DIEGO Investigation of Solar Energy Transfer through20 Solar Energy Conversion ThroughOF THE THESIS Investigation of Solar Energy Transfer through

Zelinski, Andrew

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

416

Thin Film Photovoltaics Research  

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports research and development of four thin-film technologies on the path to achieving cost-competitive solar energy, including:

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Solar aided power generation of a 300 MW lignite fired power plant combined with line-focus parabolic trough collectors field  

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Abstract Nowadays, conventional coal or gas fired power plants are the dominant way to generate electricity in the world. In recent years there is a growth in the field of renewable energy sources in order to avoid the threat of climate change from fossil fuel combustion. Solar energy, as an environmental friendly energy source, may be the answer to the reduction of global CO2 emissions. This paper presents the concept of Solar Aided Power Generation (SAPG), a combination of renewable and conventional energy sources technologies. The operation of the 300 MW lignite fired power plant of Ptolemais integrated with a solar field of parabolic trough collectors was simulated using TRNSYS software in both power boosting and fuel saving modes. The power plant performance, power output variation, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were calculated. Furthermore, an economic analysis was carried out for both power boosting and fuel saving modes of operation and optimum solar contribution was estimated.

G.C. Bakos; Ch. Tsechelidou

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

418

Solar Thermoelectric Energy Conversion  

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Efficiencies of different types of solar thermoelectric generators were predicted using theoretical modeling and validated with measurements using constructed prototypes under different solar intensities

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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 Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg (Germany); Pohlner, S.; Lechner, R.; Dietmüller, 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 Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg (Germany); Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Gemeinschaftslabor für Nanoanalytik, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

2014-05-14T23:59:59.000Z

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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?nm–900?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?nm–900?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

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Optically optimal wavelength-scale patterned ITO/ZnO composite coatings for thin film solar cells  

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A new methodology is proposed for finding structures that are, optically speaking, locally optimal : a physical analysis of much simpler structures is used to constrain the optimization process. The obtained designs are based on a flat amorphous silicon layer (to minimize recombination) with a patterned anti-reflective coating made of ITO or ZnO, or a composite ITO/ZnO coating. These latter structures are realistic and present good performances despite very thin active layers.

Moreau, Antoine; Centeno, Emmanuel; Seassal, Christian

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

422

FPGA Based Sinusoidal Pulse Width Modulated Waveform Generation for Solar (PV) Rural Home Power Inverter  

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With the increasing concern about global environmental protection and energy demand due to rapid growth of population in developing countries and the diminishing trend of resources of conventional grid supply, the need to produce freely available pollution free natural energy such as solar/wind energy has been drawing increasing interest in every corner of the world. In an effort to utilize these energies effectively through Power converter, a great deal of research is being carried out by different researchers / scientist and engineers at different places in the world to meet the increasing demand of load. The study presents methodology to integrate solar (PV) energy (which is freely available in every corner of the world) with grid source and supplement the existing grid power in rural houses during its cut off or restricted supply period. In order to get consistency in supply a DG is also added as a standby source in the proposed integration of network. The software using novel Direct PWM modulation strate...

Singh, S N

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

423

A cost-benefit analysis of power generation from commercial reinforced concrete solar chimney power plant  

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Abstract This paper develops a model different from existing models to analyze the cost and benefit of a reinforced concrete solar chimney power plant (RCSCPP) built in northwest China. Based on the model and some assumptions for values of parameters, this work calculates total net present value (TNPV) and the minimum electricity price in each phase by dividing the whole service period into four phases. The results show that the minimum electricity price in the first phase is higher than the current market price of electricity, but the minimum prices in the other phases are far less than the current market price. The analysis indicates that huge advantages of the RCSCPP over coal-fired power plants can be embodied in phases 2–4. In addition, the sensitivity analysis performed in this paper discovers TNPV is very sensitive to changes in the solar electricity price and inflation rate, but responds only slightly to changes in carbon credits price, income tax rate and interest rate of loans. Our analysis predicts that \\{RCSCPPs\\} have very good application prospect. To encourage the development of RCSCPPs, the government should provide subsidy by setting higher electricity price in the first phase, then lower electricity price in the other phases.

Weibing Li; Ping Wei; Xinping Zhou

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

424

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

425

Real Time Selective Harmonic Minimization for Multilevel Inverters Connected to Solar Panels Using Artificial Neural Network Angle Generation  

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This work approximates the selective harmonic elimination problem using artificial neural networks (ANNs) to generate the switching angles in an 11-level full-bridge cascade inverter powered by five varying dc input sources. Each of the five full bridges of the cascade inverter was connected to a separate 195-W solar panel. The angles were chosen such that the fundamental was kept constant and the low-order harmonics were minimized or eliminated. A nondeterministic method is used to solve the system for the angles and to obtain the data set for the ANN training. The method also provides a set of acceptable solutions in the space where solutions do not exist by analytical methods. The trained ANN is a suitable tool that brings a small generalization effect on the angles' precision and is able to perform in real time (50-/60-Hz time window).

Tolbert, Leon M [ORNL; Ozpineci, Burak [ORNL; Filho, Faete [ORNL; Cao, Yue [ORNL

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

426

Solar wind energy transfer regions inside the dayside magnetopause—II. Evidence for an MHD generator process  

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In this paper a quantitative analysis of magnetosheath injection regions observed by PROGNOZ-7 in the dayside high latitude boundary layer is performed. Particular emphasis is laid on describing the consequences of the observed excess transverse momentum of solar wind ions (H+ and He2+) as compared to the magnetospheric ions (e.g. He+ and O+) in the magnetosheath injection regions, hereafter referred to as energy transfer regions. An important result of this study is that the observed excess drift velocity of the solar wind ions as compared to the magnetospheric ions can be interpreted as a negative inertia current being present in the boundary layer. This means that the inertia current goes against the local electric field and that particle kinetic energy is converted into electric energy there. The dayside high-latitude boundary layer therefore constitutes a voltage generator (at least with respect to the injected magnetosheath plasma). The MHD-theory predicts a strong coupling of the energy transfer process in the boundary layer and the ionosphere, both regions being connected by field aligned currents. The rate of decay of the inertia current in the injected plasma element is in the range of a few minutes, a value which is directly proportional to the ionospheric resistance. By taking into account both the Hall and the Pedersen conductivities in the ionosphere, the theory also predicts a strong coupling between ionospheric East/West and North/South currents. A considerable part of the inertia current may actually flow in the tangential (East/West) direction due to this coupling. Thus, a consequence of the boundary layer energy transfer process is that it may generate currents, powering other magnetospheric plasma processes, down to ionospheric heights.

R. Lundin

1984-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

427

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

428

Latent Heat Based High Temperature Solar Thermal Energy Storage for Power Generation  

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Abstract The design of a phase change material based high temperature solar thermal energy storage device is presented. Said unit will be used as an energy reserve for a 1 kWe domestic CCHP system using a Stirling engine to produce electric power. The thermal energy storage is conducted by means of the exploitation of the latent heat of fusion of the material contained inside the tank. This method was chosen because a great energy density is obtained and, at the same time, it is possible to extract the stored energy with very small variations on the temperature, which is a favorable feature for its intended purpose. The selection of the phase change material is discussed and the design of the different components of the proposed storage model is described. It is analyzed, as well, the insulating solution applied that minimizes heat losses. Finally, a comparison between experimental results of the tests performed on the first built to scale prototype and the data obtained from computer simulations is shown.

Bruno Cárdenas; Noel León

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar Plus SA | Open Energy Information  

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Solar Plus SA Place: Lisbon, Portugal Sector: Solar Product: Plans to set up a 5.5MWyear thin-film silicon module factory in Aveiro, Portugal, using EPV Solar equipment, and plans...

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AOS Solar Inc | Open Energy Information  

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AOS Solar Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name: AOS Solar Inc Product: Manufacturer of thin-film silicon-on-glass. References: AOS Solar Inc1 This article is a stub. You can help...

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Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrators - FY13 Q1 | Department...  

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More Documents & Publications Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrators FY13 Q2 Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrator Low-Cost Light Weigh Thin Film Solar Concentrators...

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Building-integrated solar energy devices based on wavelength selective films.  

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??A potentially attractive option for building integrated solar is to employ hybrid solar collectors which serve dual purposes, combining solar thermal technology with either thin… (more)

Ulavi, Tejas U.

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

433

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

434

Energising Rural India Using Distributed Generation: The Case of Solar Mini-Grids in Chhattisgarh State, India  

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Conventional grid extension has been the predominant mode of ... 1,400 remote and forested villages through solar mini-grids. This chapter attempts to examine the development and operation of the solar mini-grid ...

Debajit Palit; Gopal K. Sarangi…

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

435

Ferrostaal eSolar JV | Open Energy Information  

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eSolar JV Jump to: navigation, search Name: Ferrostaal & eSolar JV Place: Germany Sector: Solar Product: Germany-based solar thermal electricity generation joint venture....

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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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Loan Guarantees for Three California PV Solar Plants Expected...  

Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

Abound Solar -- who are about to get more than 1,000 new colleagues -- make a thin-film solar panel. | Photo courtesy of Abound Solar Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar...

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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

439

Real Time Selective Harmonic Minimization for Multilevel Inverters Connected to Solar Panels Using Artificial Neural Network Angle Generation  

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Real Time Selective Harmonic Minimization for Multilevel Inverters Connected to Solar Panels Using varying DC input sources. Five 195 W solar panels were used as the DC source for each full bridge cells or solar panels and will consequently bring a voltage unbalance depending on the system dynamics

Tolbert, Leon M.

440

Second generation heliostat development for solar central receiver systems detailed design report. Volume II. Appendices  

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Presented are the design of the second generation heliostat, the development of the manufacturing plan, the method of transporting the heliostats from the factory to the installation site, heliostat installation procedures, and the maintenance routines. These plans are then cost estimated to provide inputs required to develop the installed cost of the heliostat and further, the cost of owning, operating and maintaining a collector field. This volume contains the following appendices: (1) bill of materials; (2) part drawings (subassemblies); (3) assembly drawings, heliostat; (4) trade studies; (5) system studies; (6) control software; (7) test results; (8) specification S-102: surface preparation, application, and inspection of protective coatings for carbon steel heliostat piles; and (9) specification S-101: installation of open end pipe piles. (WHK)

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1980-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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441

CHEMICAL MAKERS INVEST IN SOLAR  

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CHEMICAL MAKERS INVEST IN SOLAR ... CAPACITY BOOST: New projects target raw materials and research ... The projects will increase capacity and advance research for chemical components of both traditional polysilicon solar cells and newer thin-film modules. ...

MELODY VOITH

2008-12-22T23:59:59.000Z

442

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 band–tail density of states in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 is compatible with the reciprocity relation at room temperature while the shallower band–tail 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 Müller; Bart Elger Pieters; Thomas Kirchartz; Reinhard Carius; Uwe Rau

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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

444

Solar Energy Alliance | Open Energy Information  

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Solar Energy Alliance Place: United Kingdom Sector: Solar, Wind energy Product: Grant approved installers of micro wind power and solar energy systems. Supply wind generators,...

445

The Solar Heat Storage Twin-System of the Lübeck Solar House as an Example of a 2nd Generation Interseasonal Storage Concept  

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This was achieved by a heat pump assisted solar heating system centered around a twin storage consisting...3...tank, kept at 35 to 50°C, takes care of the heat demand of the low-temperature heating system, and a ...

H. Weik; J. Plagge

1984-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

446

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

SciTech Connect (OSTI)

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

447

Solar Power  

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...of desert solar energy farm with 30 percent conversion...85 percent of the solar farm energy now reflected back...Washington, D.C. 20550. Wind Power Martin Wolf (19...counting the cost of the offshore platforms, would thus...15 billion. If these wind generators were placed...

Paul E. Damon

1974-08-09T23:59:59.000Z

448

China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings Ltd formerly known...  

Open Energy Info (EERE)

with Solar Thin Films to build solar module capacity in China for the domestic BIPV market. Coordinates: 22.277, 113.556808 Show Map Loading map......

449

Quantifying the Air Pollution Exposure Consequences of Distributed Electricity Generation  

E-Print Network [OSTI]

Solar Turbines Inc Olinda Generating Plant Marina Landfill GasSolar Turbines Inc Olinda Generating Plant Marina Landfill Gas

Heath, Garvin A.; Granvold, Patrick W.; Hoats, Abigail S.; Nazaroff, William W

2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

450

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

451

Innovative Application of Maintenance-Free Phase-Change Thermal Energy Storage for Dish Engine Solar Power Generation  

Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

452

Dye-sensitized solar cells  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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

453

Dye-sensitized solar cells  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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

454

Effects of environmental factors on the conversion efficiency of solar thermoelectric co-generators comprising parabola trough collectors and thermoelectric modules without evacuated tubular collector  

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Abstract Solar thermoelectric co-generators (STECGs) are an attractive means of supplying electric power and heat simultaneously and economically. Here we examine the effects of environmental factors on the conversion efficiencies of a new type of STECG comprising parabolic trough concentrators and thermoelectric modules (TEMs). Each TEM array was bonded with a solar selective absorber plate and directly positioned on the focal axis of the parabolic concentrator. Glass tubular collectors were not used to encase the TEMs. Although this makes the overall system simpler, the environmental effects become significant. Simulations show that the performance of such a system strongly depends on ambient conditions such as solar insolation, atmospheric temperature and wind velocity. As each of these factors increases, the thermal losses of the STECG system also increase, resulting in reduced solar conversion efficiency, despite the increased radiation absorption. However, the impact of these factors is relatively complicated. Although the electrical efficiency of the system increases with increasing solar insolation, it decreases with increasing ambient temperature and wind velocity. These results serve as a useful guide to the selection and installation of STECGs, particularly in Guangzhou or similar climate region.

Chao Li; Ming Zhang; Lei Miao; Jianhua Zhou; Yi Pu Kang; C.A.J. Fisher; Kaoru Ohno; Yang Shen; Hong Lin

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

455

Energy Secretary Moniz's Remarks at the Opening Ceremony for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System-- As Prepared for Delivery  

Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

Tomorrow, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will travel to Ivanpah Dry Lake, California, to dedicate the world’s largest concentrating solar power plant. Secretary Moniz will deliver the keynote address at the dedication event.

456

SunShot Vision Study: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Potential for U.S. Solar Electricity Generation (Fact Sheet)  

SciTech Connect (OSTI)

The SunShot Vision Study provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the potential for solar technologies to meet a significant share of electricity demand in the United States during the next several decades.

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2012-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

457

Report to Congress on Assessment of Potential Impact of Concentrating Solar Power for Electriicty Generation (EPACT 2005--Section 934(c))  

SciTech Connect (OSTI)

Summary of DOE's assessment of issues regarding EPAct 2005, which requires the Secretary of Energy to assess conflicting guidance on the economic potential of concentrating solar power for electricity production.

Wilkins, F.

2007-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

458

Thermal Solar Power Plants Experience  

Science Journals Connector (OSTI)

In parallel with rising interest in solar power generation, several solar thermal facilities of different configuration and size were ... were designed as modest-size experimental or prototype solar power plants ...

W. Grasse; H. P. Hertlein; C.-J. Winter; G. W. Braun

1991-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

459

Solar Torx New Solar Ventures | Open Energy Information  

Open Energy Info (EERE)

Torx New Solar Ventures Torx New Solar Ventures Jump to: navigation, search Name Solar Torx / New Solar Ventures Place Arizona Product Set up in November 2005 to secure finance for a thin-film amorphous silicon cell and module manufacturing plant, and an associated 300MW power project. No evidence of progress as of June 2008, has probably been abandoned. References Solar Torx / New Solar Ventures[1] LinkedIn Connections CrunchBase Profile No CrunchBase profile. Create one now! This article is a stub. You can help OpenEI by expanding it. Solar Torx / New Solar Ventures is a company located in Arizona . References ↑ "Solar Torx / New Solar Ventures" Retrieved from "http://en.openei.org/w/index.php?title=Solar_Torx_New_Solar_Ventures&oldid=351340" Categories:

460

Solar collector  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

The field of this invention is solar collectors, and more particularly, the invention pertains to a flat plate collector that employs high performance thin films. The solar collector of this invention overcomes several problems in this field, such as excessive hardware, cost and reliability, and other prior art drawbacks outlined in the specification. In the preferred form, the apparatus features a substantially rigid planar frame (14). A thin film window (42) is bonded to one planar side of the frame. An absorber (24) of laminate construction is comprised of two thin film layers (24a, 24b) that are sealed perimetrically. The layers (24a, 24b) define a fluid-tight planar envelope (24c) of large surface area to volume through which a heat transfer fluid flows. Absorber (24) 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)

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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461

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

462

Investigation of Solar Energy Transfer through Plasmonic Au Nanoparticle-doped Sol-derived TiO? Thin Films in Photocatalysis and Photovoltaics /  

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solar-to-fuel and photovoltaic energy conversion through TiOplasmonic photovoltaic and photocatalytic energy transferto-fuel energy conversion or photovoltaic applications. The

Zelinski, Andrew

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

463

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

464

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

465

Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector  

E-Print Network [OSTI]

modules." Thin Film Solar Technology 7409(1). Wilson-Wright,conservation and solar technology through tax credits. Alimited the ERP to non-solar technologies, in deference to

McAllister, Joseph Andrew

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

466

Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrator | Department of Energy  

Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

Documents & Publications Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrators - FY13 Q1 Low-Cost Light Weigh Thin Film Solar Concentrators Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrators FY13...

467

Protecting Solar Rights in California Through an Exploration of the California Water Doctrine  

E-Print Network [OSTI]

Nevertheless water and solar energy share many similar to realizing additional solar energy generation throughout installation of a  solar energy systems.    Solar Easement 

Fedman, Anna

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

468

Photovoltaic solar concentrator module  

SciTech Connect (OSTI)

This invention consists of a planar photovoltaic concentrator module for producing an electrical signal from incident solar radiation which includes an electrically insulating housing having a front wall, an opposing back wall and a hollow interior. A solar cell having electrical terminals is positioned within the interior of the housing. A planar conductor is connected with a terminal of the solar cell of the same polarity. A lens forming the front wall of the housing is operable to direct solar radiation incident to the lens into the interior of the housing. A refractive optical element in contact with the solar cell and facing the lens receives the solar radiation directed into the interior of the housing by the lens and directs the solar radiation to the solar cell to cause the solar cell to generate an electrical signal. An electrically conductive planar member is positioned in the housing to rest on the housing back wall in supporting relation with the solar cell terminal of opposite polarity. The planar member is operable to dissipate heat radiated by the solar cell as the solar cell generates an electrical signal and further forms a solar cell conductor connected with the solar cell terminal to permit the electrical signal generated by the solar cell to be measured between the planar member and the conductor.

Chiang, C.J.

1991-05-16T23:59:59.000Z

469

EIA - International Energy Outlook 2009-Solar Photovoltaic and solar  

Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (EIA)

Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Electric Technologies Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Electric Technologies International Energy Outlook 2009 Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Electric Technologies Solar power is one of the fastest-growing sources of renewable energy worldwide. Many nations, concerned about the environmental impacts of electricity generation from fossil fuels or from large-scale hydroelectric plants, have been turning to solar power as an environmentally benign alternative. The solar energy that reaches the earth can be harnessed to generate electric power, and the potential for large-scale applications of solar power has improved markedly in recent years. Two solar power technologies—solar photovoltaic and solar thermal—are widely employed today, and their use is likely to increase in the future.

470

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

471

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

472

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

473

Solar Innovation Timeline | Department of Energy  

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

cell Photo of two researchers analyzing a thin, circular shaped film under a small light. NREL researchers develop a gallium indium phosphidegallium arsenide solar cell...

474

Efficient Polymer Solar Cells - Energy Innovation Portal  

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

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

475

Vanguard Solar Inc | Open Energy Information  

Open Energy Info (EERE)

Vanguard Solar Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name: Vanguard Solar Inc Place: Sudbury, Massachusetts Zip: 01776-3003 Product: Massachusetts-based thin-film PV start up focused on...

476

World's Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant Opens in California  

Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest concentrating solar power plant, officially opened on February 13.

477

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

SciTech Connect (OSTI)

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

478

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

E-Print Network [OSTI]

of next-generation solar technologies. Part II approachesfor next-generation solar technologies. Conclusions Thislimit for any solar cell technology will require light

Miller, Owen Dennis

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

479

Sandia National Laboratories: reducing start-up risks for solar...  

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start-up risks for solar thermal generation Sandia Solar Energy Test System Cited in National Engineering Competition On May 16, 2013, in Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy...

480

Temperature-Stable and Optically Transparent Thin-Film Zinc Oxide Aerogel Electrodes As Model Systems for 3D Interpenetrating Organic–Inorganic 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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481

Thin film photovoltaic cells  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

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

482

Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar | Department of Energy  

Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar October 4, 2010 - 10:00am Addthis Workers at Abound Solar -- who are about to get more than 1,000 new colleagues -- make a thin-film solar panel. | Photo courtesy of Abound Solar Workers at Abound Solar -- who are about to get more than 1,000 new colleagues -- make a thin-film solar panel. | Photo courtesy of Abound Solar Lorelei Laird Writer, Energy Empowers What are the key facts? Abound's factories is projected to employ 1,050 to 1,400 people. The project uses a $12.6 million tax credit and a $400 million loan guarantee. A shuttered Chrysler transmission factory in Tipton, Indiana, could set a new record once Abound Solar is finished with it. Thin film in Indiana Based in Loveland, Colo., Abound makes thin-film cadmium telluride solar

483

Sandia National Laboratories: solar  

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

Utility Operations and Programs On April 4, 2012, in Utilities need to understand how solar generating technologies will behave on their systems (transmission and distribution)...

484

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

E-Print Network [OSTI]

??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

485

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

Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

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...

486

Creating CZTS Thin Films Via Stacked Metallic CVD and Sulfurization  

E-Print Network [OSTI]

Research, Thin-Film Photovoltaic (PV) Cells Market Analysiscost of photovoltaic systems (such as solar cells) due tosolar cells are created by depositing layers of photovoltaic

Bielecki, Anthony

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

487

Partial Shading in Monolithic Thin Film PV Modules: Analysis...  

Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

A. Alam, "Identification, Characterization and Implications of Shadow Degradation in Thin Film Solar Cells," in Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS), 2011 IEEE International, 2011,...

488

Thermochromic Properties of Nanocrystal-based Thin Films | The...  

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

Nanocrystal-based Thin Films Functional coatings that can selectively reflect or transmit near-infrared solar radiation while maintiaining high transmittance for visible light can...

489

Generation of “bastard” molecular ions from van der Waals clusters: Arn(C2Cl4)m+ ions, suspected interlopers in collection of solar neutrinos  

Science Journals Connector (OSTI)

...in collection of solar neutrinos S...University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 Gaseous...time scale of the solar neutrino experiment...University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138. | Journal...in collection of solar neutrinos (molecular...University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 Contributed...

S. J. Buelow; D. R. Worsnop; D. R. Herschbach

1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

490

Thin film photovoltaic device  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

A thin film photovoltaic solar cell which utilizes a zinc phosphide semiconductor is of the homojunction type comprising an n-type conductivity region forming an electrical junction with a p-type region, both regions consisting essentially of the same semiconductor material. The n-type region is formed by treating zinc phosphide with an extrinsic dopant such as magnesium. The semiconductor is formed on a multilayer substrate which acts as an opaque contact. Various transparent contacts may be used, including a thin metal film of the same chemical composition as the n-type dopant or conductive oxides or metal grids. 5 figs.

Catalano, A.W.; Bhushan, M.

1982-08-03T23:59:59.000Z

491

Thin film photovoltaic device  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

A thin film photovoltaic solar cell which utilizes a zinc phosphide semiconductor is of the homojunction type comprising an n-type conductivity region forming an electrical junction with a p-type region, both regions consisting essentially of the same semiconductor material. The n-type region is formed by treating zinc phosphide with an extrinsic dopant such as magnesium. The semiconductor is formed on a multilayer substrate which acts as an opaque contact. Various transparent contacts may be used, including a thin metal film of the same chemical composition as the n-type dopant or conductive oxides or metal grids.

Catalano, Anthony W. (Wilmington, DE); Bhushan, Manjul (Wilmington, DE)

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

492

Polycrystalline?thin?film thermophotovoltaic cells  

Science Journals Connector (OSTI)

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 (1000–2000 K) black?body or selective radiators is in the 0.5–0.75 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?15–10?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$ 2–5 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

493

High-Efficiency Solar Cells for Large-Scale Electricity Generation & Design Considerations for the Related Optics (Presentation)  

SciTech Connect (OSTI)

The photovoltaic industry has been growing exponentially at an average rate of about 35%/year since 1979. Recently, multijunction concentrator cell efficiencies have surpassed 40%. Combined with concentrating optics, these can be used for electricity generation.

Kurtz, S.; Olson, J.; Geisz, J.; Friedman, D.; McMahon, W.; Ptak, A.; Wanlass, M.k; Kibbler, A.; Kramer, C.; Ward, S.; Duda, A.; Young, M.; Carapella, J.

2007-09-17T23:59:59.000Z

494

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

SciTech Connect (OSTI)

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

495

Can solar power deliver?  

Science Journals Connector (OSTI)

...technologies, such as wind power, which often peaks...generators such as nuclear power, enabling it be rapidly...exceeded those for wind, nuclear and gas...Contributions from wind, solar and conventional sources to power generation on the...

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

496

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

E-Print Network [OSTI]

* 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

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Solar Market Pathways  

Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

The Solar Market Pathways program supports 15 SunShot projects that are advancing solar deployment across the United States. These projects take a variety of approaches to develop actionable strategic plans to expand solar electricity use for residential, community, and commercial properties. Awardees use a wide range of tools, including special financing mechanisms like commercial property assessed clean energy, and the integration of solar energy generation in local emergency response plans.

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Suitability of salt-gradient solar ponds for electrical power generation in the US Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Guam, and American Samoa  

SciTech Connect (OSTI)

The procedures and findings of a study to assess the suitability of salt-gradient solar ponds for base-load (firm) electricity generation in the US Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI), Guam and American Samoa are described. The general conclusion is that solar pond power plants (SPPPs) are viable both technically and economically for some applications, possibly including atolls. The most practical immediate application would be to small and intermediate power users such as villages and airports. It is recommended that (1) at least one small SPPP be built immediately on a dry land site such as for the main village on Peleliu, Palau, (considered in this report) or at other identified feasible sites, and (2) that a design study be conducted to adapt the technology to atoll sites. This study was carried out by first reviewing all available literature on solar ponds and the regions concerned. All the regions in question were visited. Several sites were selected for specific study and SPPP conceptual designs were developed for these sites. These sites are (1) North Peleliu, Palau, with (2) Peleliu airport as an auxiliary site, (3) Aimeliik, Palau, and (4) atoll environments. Cultural, political, environmental and legal considerations were given equal weight with technical and economic factors, and locally resident persons were used as interpreters and liaisons. There exists strong support in the government and the community to develop these proposed site-specific SPPPs and land is available. Power needs were defined, construction and operation costs were calculated and performance was predicted for the site-specific designs. The results of the Palau site-specific studies were generalized to other areas and environments in the TTPI, Guam and American Samoa. An economic analysis of the SPPP conceptual design developed for Palau was made using the discounted cash flow method.

McCord, T.B.; Bathen, K.H.; Boesgaard, H.; Fanale, F.P.; McCord, C.S.; Scudder, R.J.; Weeks, D.D.; Yuen, J.W.L.

1982-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar energy at Forest Research Solar Power at Alice Holt  

E-Print Network [OSTI]

Solar energy at Forest Research Solar Power at Alice Holt research station provides a renewable to install a solar photovoltaic system to meet some of the research station's energy needs. #12;In January dioxide emissions, when compared with traditional forms of energy generation. · The solar installation

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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