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Very High Efficiency Solar Cell Modules  

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

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

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High-efficiency concentrator silicon solar cells  

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

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

1990-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

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A High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cell Production Technology  

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BP Solar have developed a cost-effective production technology for the manufacture of high efficiency laser grooved buried grid (LGBG) crystalline silicon solar cells. The process has demonstrated 17–18% ... a ne...

N. B. Mason; D. Jordan; J. G. Summers

1991-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High-Efficiency, Self-Concentrating Nanoscale Solar Cell - Energy...  

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provided the right combination of high-efficiency and low-cost. For example, conventional solar cells are designed to absorb light through an antireflective layer, and through a...

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

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

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

2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High-efficiency solar cell and method for fabrication  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

1999-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High-efficiency solar cell and method for fabrication  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

1999-08-31T23:59:59.000Z

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High efficiency silicon nanohole/organic heterojunction hybrid solar cell  

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

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

2014-02-03T23:59:59.000Z

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NANOSTRUCTURED SOLAR CELLS FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY PHOTOVOLTAICS Christiana B. Honsberg1  

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

Honsberg, Christiana

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

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

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

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

Chow, Simon Ka Ming

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Sandia National Laboratories: high-efficiency solar cells  

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

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Processes for producing low cost, high efficiency silicon solar cells  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

Processes which utilize rapid thermal processing (RTP) are provided for inexpensively producing high efficiency silicon solar cells. The RTP processes preserve minority carrier bulk lifetime {tau} and permit selective adjustment of the depth of the diffused regions, including emitter and back surface field (bsf), within the silicon substrate. In a first RTP process, an RTP step is utilized to simultaneously diffuse phosphorus and aluminum into the front and back surfaces, respectively, of a silicon substrate. Moreover, an in situ controlled cooling procedure preserves the carrier bulk lifetime {tau} and permits selective adjustment of the depth of the diffused regions. In a second RTP process, both simultaneous diffusion of the phosphorus and aluminum as well as annealing of the front and back contacts are accomplished during the RTP step. In a third RTP process, the RTP step accomplishes simultaneous diffusion of the phosphorus and aluminum, annealing of the contacts, and annealing of a double-layer antireflection/passivation coating SiN/SiO{sub x}. In a fourth RTP process, the process of applying front and back contacts is broken up into two separate respective steps, which enhances the efficiency of the cells, at a slight time expense. In a fifth RTP process, a second RTP step is utilized to fire and adhere the screen printed or evaporated contacts to the structure. 28 figs.

Rohatgi, A.; Doshi, P.; Tate, J.K.; Mejia, J.; Chen, Z.

1998-06-16T23:59:59.000Z

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Scientists Confirm Robustness of Key Component in Ultra-High-Efficiency Solar Cell (Fact Sheet)  

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Scientists developed and tested a new, stable 1-eV metamorphic junction for a high efficiency multijunction III-V solar cell for CPV application.

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2011-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Characterization and Performance Analysis of High Efficiency Solar Cells and Concentrating Photovoltaic Systems .  

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??As part of the SUNRISE project (Semiconductors Using Nanostructures for Record Increases in Solar-cell Efficiency), high efficiency, III-V semiconductor, quantum-dot-enhanced, triple-junction solar cells designed and… (more)

Yandt, Mark

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Highly Efficient Monolithic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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These advantages make DSSCs an attractive renewable power source in the near future. ... First, we analyzed the disadvantages of M-DSSCs: (1) The carbon-based counter electrode is too thick to attain adequate conversion efficiency and it is also not suitable for flexible type DSSCs. ... The device harvests a high proportion of the incident solar energy flux (46%) and shows exceptionally high efficiencies for the conversion of incident photons to elec. ...

Jeong Kwon; Nam-Gyu Park; Jun Young Lee; Min Jae Ko; Jong Hyeok Park

2013-02-22T23:59:59.000Z

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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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ORIGINAL ARTICLE Highly efficient GaAs solar cells by limiting light emission  

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

Atwater, Harry

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Requisites for Highly Efficient Hot-Carrier Solar Cells  

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We have constructed new models based on detailed balance of particle and energy fluxes to clarify the operating principle of hot-carrier solar cells (HC-SCs) and find the requisites for high conversion efficiency...

Yasuhiko Takeda

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Novel Materials and Structures for Super High Efficiency Multi-Junction Solar Cells  

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III–V compound multi-junction solar cells have great potential for space and terrestrial applications because they have high efficiency potential of more than 50% and superior ... bottom cell, we have demonstrate...

Masafumi Yamaguchi; Hidetoshi Suzuki…

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

Maruyama, Shigeo

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Design for the fabrication of high efficiency solar cells  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

Simmons, Joseph H. (Gainesville, FL)

1998-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Two-Dimensional Numerical Simulations of High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells  

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This paper presents for the first time the use of two-dimensional (2D) device simulation for optimising design parameters of high-efficiency silicon solar cells of practical dimensions. We examine the...

G. Heiser; A. G. Aberle; S. R. Wenham…

1993-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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

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High Efficiency CdTe Ink-Based Solar Cells Using Nanocrystals (Fact Sheet)  

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This NREL Highlight is being developed for the 2015 February Alliance S&T Board meeting and describes a solution-processable ink to produce high-efficiency solar cells using low temperature and simple processing.

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2015-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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

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High Efficiency and High Rate Deposited Amorphous Silicon-Based Solar Cells  

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. Figure 3-1 IV curve of a UT fabricated triple cell, showing 12.7% initial, active-area efficiency. Figure1 High Efficiency and High Rate Deposited Amorphous Silicon-Based Solar Cells PHASE I Annual-junction a-Si Solar Cells with Heavily Doped Thin Interface Layers at the Tunnel Junctions Section 4 High

Deng, Xunming

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

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Hybrid Carbon Nanotubes-TiO2 Photoanodes for High Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Kadiatou-Boulet, Varennes, Quebec J3X 1S2, Canada Department of Chemical Sciences and Technology & NAST Center, University, 25133 Brescia, Italy Solar Cells Laboratory, Institute of Materials Science and Technology (IMRE

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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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High Efficiency Solar Cells for Large-Scale Electricity Generation  

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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%....

Kurtz, Sarah

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Fundamental understanding and development of low-cost, high-efficiency silicon solar cells  

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The overall objectives of this program are (1) to develop rapid and low-cost processes for manufacturing that can improve yield, throughput, and performance of silicon photovoltaic devices, (2) to design and fabricate high-efficiency solar cells on promising low-cost materials, and (3) to improve the fundamental understanding of advanced photovoltaic devices. Several rapid and potentially low-cost technologies are described in this report that were developed and applied toward the fabrication of high-efficiency silicon solar cells.

ROHATGI,A.; NARASIMHA,S.; MOSCHER,J.; EBONG,A.; KAMRA,S.; KRYGOWSKI,T.; DOSHI,P.; RISTOW,A.; YELUNDUR,V.; RUBY,DOUGLAS S.

2000-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Webinar: Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems  

Energy.gov (U.S. Department of Energy (DOE))

Video recording and text version of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office webinar titled "Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems," originally presented on January 13, 2015.

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Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems  

Energy.gov (U.S. Department of Energy (DOE))

Download presentation slides from the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office webinar "Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems" held on January 13, 2015.

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High-Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell with Three-Dimensional Photoanode  

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High-Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell with Three-Dimensional Photoanode ... Materials Chemistry and Nanochemistry Research Group, Center for Inorganic and Polymeric Nanomaterials, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 80 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H6, Canada ... In addition, he thanks the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and the NSERC Solar Network for strong and sustained financial support of this work. ...

Nicolas Tétreault; Éric Arsenault; Leo-Philipp Heiniger; Navid Soheilnia; Jérémie Brillet; Thomas Moehl; Shaik Zakeeruddin; Geoffrey A. Ozin; Michael Grätzel

2011-09-30T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

Polman, Albert

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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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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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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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Hierarchically Structured Microspheres for High-Efficiency Rutile TiO2Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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candidate for use in water splitting, photo- catalysis, sensors, and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) overHierarchically Structured Microspheres for High-Efficiency Rutile TiO2Based Dye-Sensitized Solar and the Ostwald ripening process. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) assembled by employing these complex rutile

Lin, Zhiqun

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Low cost, single crystal-like substrates for practical, high efficiency solar cells  

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It is well established that high efficiency (20%) solar cells can be routinely fabricated using single crystal photovoltaic (PV) materials with low defect densities. Polycrystalline materials with small grain sizes and no crystallographic texture typically result in reduced efficiences. This has been ascribed primarily to the presence of grain boundaries and their effect on recombination processes. Furthermore, lack of crystallographic texture can result in a large variation in dopant concentrations which critically control the electronic properties of the material. Hence in order to reproducibly fabricate high efficiency solar cells a method which results in near single crystal material is desirable. Bulk single crystal growth of PV materials is cumbersome, expensive and difficult to scale up. We present here a possible route to achieve this if epitaxial growth of photovoltaic materials on rolling-assisted-biaxially textured-substrates (RABiTS) can be achieved. The RABiTS process uses well-established, industrially scaleable, thermomechanical processing to produce a biaxially textured or single-crystal-like metal substrate with large grains (50-100 {mu}m). This is followed by epitaxial growth of suitable buffer layers to yield chemically and structurally compatible surfaces for epitaxial growth of device materials. Using the RABiTS process it should be possible to economically fabricate single-crystal-like substrates of desired sizes. Epitaxial growth of photovoltaic devices on such substrates presents a possible route to obtaining low-cost, high performance solar cells.

Goyal, A.; Specht, E.D.; List, F.A. [and others

1997-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Highly efficient inverted organic solar cells using amino acid modified indium tin oxide as cathode  

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In this paper, we report that highly efficient inverted organic solar cells were achieved by modifying the surface of indium tin oxide (ITO) using an amino acid, Serine (Ser). With the modification of the ITO surface, device efficiency was significantly enhanced from 0.63% to 4.17%, accompanied with an open circuit voltage (Voc) that was enhanced from 0.30?V to 0.55?V. Ultraviolet and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies indicate that the work function reduction induced by the amino acid modification resulting in the decreased barrier height at the ITO/organic interface played a crucial role in the enhanced performances.

Li, Aiyuan; Nie, Riming; Deng, Xianyu, E-mail: xydeng@hitsz.edu.cn [Research Center for Advanced Functional Materials and Devices, Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenzhen Graduate School, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Wei, Huaixin; Li, Yanqing; Tang, Jianxin [Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Zheng, Shizhao; Wong, King-Young [Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong (China)

2014-03-24T23:59:59.000Z

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Webinar: Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems  

Energy.gov (U.S. Department of Energy (DOE))

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar titled "Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems" on Tuesday, January 13, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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Development of manufacturing capability for high-concentration, high-efficiency silicon solar cells  

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This report presents a summary of the major results from a program to develop a manufacturable, high-efficiency silicon concentrator solar cell and a cost-effective manufacturing facility. The program was jointly funded by the Electric Power Research Institute, Sandia National Laboratories through the Concentrator Initiative, and SunPower Corporation. The key achievements of the program include the demonstration of 26%-efficient silicon concentrator solar cells with design-point (20 W/cm{sup 2}) efficiencies over 25%. High-performance front-surface passivations; that were developed to achieve this result were verified to be absolutely stable against degradation by 475 days of field exposure at twice the design concentration. SunPower demonstrated pilot production of more than 1500 of these cells. This cell technology was also applied to pilot production to supply 7000 17.7-cm{sup 2} one-sun cells (3500 yielded wafers) that demonstrated exceptional quality control. The average efficiency of 21.3% for these cells approaches the peak efficiency ever demonstrated for a single small laboratory cell within 2% (absolute). Extensive cost models were developed through this program and calibrated by the pilot-production project. The production levels achieved indicate that SunPower could produce 7-10 MW of concentrator cells per year in the current facility based upon the cell performance demonstrated during the program.

Sinton, R.A.; Verlinden, P.J.; Crane, R.A.; Swanson, R.N. [SunPower Corp., Sunnyvale, CA (United States)

1996-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Performance Measurement Technologies for High-Efficiency Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells  

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Accurate measurements of the I–V curves of crystalline silicon c-Si cells and modules are discussed. Special attention is paid to the recent high-efficiency devices. The effect of the sweep speed and direction...

Yoshihiro Hishikawa

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

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

2014-08-19T23:59:59.000Z

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High efficiency InGaAs solar cells on Si by InP layer transfer James M. Zahler  

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High efficiency InGaAs solar cells on Si by InP layer transfer James M. Zahler Aonex Technologies, Pasadena, California 91106 Katsuaki Tanabea Thomas J. Watson Laboratory of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 Corinne Ladous and Tom Pinnington Aonex Technologies

Atwater, Harry

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ATOMIC-LAYER-DEPOSITED ALUMINUM OXIDE FOR THE SURFACE PASSIVATION OF HIGH-EFFICIENCY SILICON SOLAR CELLS  

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ATOMIC-LAYER-DEPOSITED ALUMINUM OXIDE FOR THE SURFACE PASSIVATION OF HIGH-EFFICIENCY SILICON SOLAR to those measured on reference cells passivated by an aluminum-annealed thermal SiO2, while those of the Al of aluminum ox- ide (Al2O3) grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) pro- vide an excellent level of sur

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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 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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Nano-structured Organic-Metal Interface for High Efficiency Organic Solar Cells  

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High bimolecular recombination has been identified as a performance limiting parameter in organic solar cells. To counter this issue, we introduce a structured-junction device...

Pandey, Ajay K; Aljada, Muhsen; Velusamy, M; Burn, Paul L; Meredith, Paul

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Large Area and High Efficiency a-Si:H Solar Cell  

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A conversion efficiency of 5.4% for a-Si:H solar cell on 10x10 cm2...stainless steel substrate has been obtained. Large area a-Si:H solar cells were fabricated by the C-coupled...2...parallel plates) glow dischar...

Y. Higaki; M. Kato; M. Aiga…

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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High Efficiency Solar Integrated Roof Membrane Product  

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This project was designed to address the Solar Energy Technology Program objective, to develop new methods to integrate photovoltaic (PV) cells or modules within a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) application that will result in lower installed cost as well as higher efficiencies of the encapsulated/embedded PV module. The technology assessment and development focused on the evaluation and identification of manufacturing technologies and equipment capable of producing such low-cost, high-efficiency, flexible BIPV solar cells on single-ply roofing membranes.

Partyka, Eric; Shenoy, Anil

2013-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

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

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Numerical simulation: Toward the design of high-efficiency planar perovskite solar cells  

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Organo-metal halide perovskite solar cells based on planar architecture have been reported to achieve remarkably high power conversion efficiency (PCE, >16%), rendering them highly competitive to the conventional silicon based solar cells. A thorough understanding of the role of each component in solar cells and their effects as a whole is still required for further improvement in PCE. In this work, the planar heterojunction-based perovskite solar cells were simulated with the program AMPS (analysis of microelectronic and photonic structures)-1D. Simulation results revealed a great dependence of PCE on the thickness and defect density of the perovskite layer. Meanwhile, parameters including the work function of the back contact as well as the hole mobility and acceptor density in hole transport materials were identified to significantly influence the performance of the device. Strikingly, an efficiency over 20% was obtained under the moderate simulation conditions.

Liu, Feng; Zhu, Jun, E-mail: zhujzhu@gmail.com, E-mail: sydai@ipp.ac.cn; Wei, Junfeng; Li, Yi; Lv, Mei [Key Laboratory of Novel Thin Film Solar Cells, Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Yang, Shangfeng [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Zhang, Bing; Yao, Jianxi [State Key Laboratory of Alternate Electrical Power System with Renewable Energy Sources, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206 (China); Dai, Songyuan, E-mail: zhujzhu@gmail.com, E-mail: sydai@ipp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Novel Thin Film Solar Cells, Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); State Key Laboratory of Alternate Electrical Power System with Renewable Energy Sources, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206 (China)

2014-06-23T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Mass production of high efficiency selective emitter crystalline silicon solar cells employing phosphorus ink technology  

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Abstract Phosphorus ink technology has been demonstrated as a simple and cheap method to realize selective emitter (SE) crystalline silicon solar cells through mass production in a professional photovoltaic company. We have achieved an average conversion efficiency (?) of 19.01% with peak ? of 19.27% for the SE solar cells based on commercial-grade p-type silicon substrate, much higher than that of the homogeneous emitter counterparts whose average ? is 18.56%. The standard deviation of the performance for these SE solar cells is also smaller, indicating better repeatability of the phosphorus ink SE technology. Moreover, the SE silicon solar cells can well adapt to various Ag pastes while preserving high cell performance, which offers an opportunity to choose a cheap Ag paste as front metallization material. With the aid of PC1D, we have shown that the ? of the SE solar cells can be further improved as the sheet resistance in the illuminated area increases from the present value of 70 to 120 ?/?.

Sihua Zhong; Wenzhong Shen; Feng Liu; Xiang Li

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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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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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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Solution Processed Al-Doped ZnO Nanoparticles/TiOx Composite for Highly Efficient Inverted Organic Solar Cells  

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Solution Processed Al-Doped ZnO Nanoparticles/TiOx Composite for Highly Efficient Inverted Organic Solar Cells ... This metal-oxide composition, called AZOTi, has two important elements that benefit production of low cost devices. ... After successful utilization of AZOTi in the fabrication of optimized single layer P3HT/PCBM-inverted solar cells, we also fabricated tandem cells comprising ITO/AZOTi/P3HT/PCBM in the front cell and a blend of a low band gap polymer [2,1,3-benzothiadiazole-4,7-diyl [4,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl)-4H-cyclopenta[2,1-b:3,4-b?]dithiophene-2,6-diyl

Abay Gadisa; Travis Hairfield; Leila Alibabaei; Carrie L. Donley; Edward T. Samulski; Rene Lopez

2013-08-27T23:59:59.000Z

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High Efficiency Large Area AlGaAs/GaAs Concentrator Solar Cells  

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A 1-kWp ( peak at 100 mw/cm2 incident power dencity ) concentrating photovoltaic array with 180 square Presnel plastic lenses and AlGaAs/GaAs concentrator solar cells has been constructed. The AlGaAs/GaAs concetr...

S. Yoshida; K. Mitsui; T. Oda; Y. Yukimoto…

1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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INITIAL TEST BED FOR VERY HIGH EFFICIENCY SOLAR CELLS Allen Barnett  

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multiple benefits, including increased theoretical efficiency, new architectures that circumvent material/cost choices. An integrated optical/solar cell allows efficiency improvements while retaining low area costs, multiple-junction III-Vs for the high and low energy photons while circumventing existing cost drivers

Honsberg, Christiana

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Rapid Thermal Processing of High Efficiency n-Type Silicon Solar Cells with Al Back Junction  

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In this paper we report on the design, fabrication and modeling of 49 cm{sup 2}, 200-{micro}m thick, 1-5 {Omega}-cm, n- and p-type <111> and <100> screen-printed silicon solar cells. A simple process involving RTP front surface phosphorus diffusion, low frequency PECVD silicon nitride deposition, screen-printing of Al metal and Ag front grid followed by co-firing of front and back contacts produced cell efficiencies of 15.4% on n-type <111> Si, 15.1% on n-type <100> Si, 15.8% on p-type <111> Si and 16.1% on p-type <100> Si. Open circuit voltage was comparable for n and p type cells and was also independent of wafer orientation. High fill factor values (0.771-0.783) for all the devices ruled out appreciable shunting which has been a problem for the development of co-fired n-type <100> silicon solar cells with Al back junction. Model calculations were performed using PC1D to support the experimental results and provide guidelines for achieving >17% n-type silicon solar cells by rapid firing of Al back junction.

Ebong, A.; Upadhyaya, V.; Rounsaville, B.; Kim, D. S.; Meemongkolkiat, V.; Rohatgi, A.; Al-Jassim, M. M.; Jones, K. M.; To, B.

2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Edge photoluminescence of single-crystal silicon with a p-n junction: Structures produced by high-efficiency solar cell technology  

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The systematic features and kinetics of edge photoluminescence of silicon structures produced by the high-efficiency solar cell technology is studied at different voltages applied to...p-n junction. It is shown t...

A. M. Emel’yanov

2011-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Novel InGaAsN pn Junction for High-Efficiency Multiple-Junction Solar Cells  

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We report the application of a novel material, InGaAsN, with bandgap energy of 1.05 eV as a junction in an InGaP/GaAs/InGaAsN/Ge 4-junction design. Results of the growth and structural, optical, and electrical properties were demonstrated, showing the promising perspective of this material for ultra high efficiency solar cells. Photovoltaic properties of an as-grown pn diode structure and improvement through post growth annealing were also discussed.

Allerman, A.A.; Chang, P.C.; Gee, J.M.; Hammons, B.E.; Hou, H.Q.; Jones, E.D.; Kurtz, S.R.; Reinhardt, K.C.

1999-03-26T23:59:59.000Z

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DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH EFFICIENCY MECHANICALLY STACKED MULTI-JUNCTION SOLAR CELL  

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Monolithic, 2-terminal, epitaxially grown multi-junctions represent the state-of-the-art in high efficiency photovoltaic space power. Their in-situ monolithic integration results in an elegant device structure with high efficiency, relatively high specific power, and a simple fabrication process. The monolithic, epitaxially grown nature of these devices also imposes materials and design restrictions which impede the march to significantly higher

Daniel Aiken; Paul Sharps; Mark Stan; Harry Atwater; Anna Fontcuberta I Morral; James Zahler; Mark Wanlass

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Highly Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Using a Mesostructured Anatase TiO2 Electrode with High Dye Loading Capacity  

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Highly Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Using a Mesostructured Anatase TiO2 Electrode with High Dye Loading Capacity ... The growth and assembly of TiO2 nanostructures with enhanced charge transfer and light harvesting have attracted much attention for fabricating highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells. ... The photovoltaic measurements indicate that the mesoporous TiO2 layer enhances the dye loading capacity, the electron transfer efficiency, and the photocurrent of the cell, contributing to the significant improvement of the energy conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells. ...

Wei Shao; Feng Gu; Chunzhong Li; Mengkai Lu

2010-09-03T23:59:59.000Z

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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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High Efficiency Organic Solar Cells: December 16, 2009 - February 2, 2011  

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Details on the development of novel organic solar cells incorporating Trimetasphere based acceptors are presented including: baseline performance for Lu-PCBEH acceptor blended with P3HT demonstrated at 4.89% PCE exceeding the 4.5% PCE goal; an increase of over 250mV in Voc was demonstrated for Lu-PCBEH blended with low band gap polymers compared to a comparable C60-PCBM device. The actual Voc was certified at 260mV higher for a low band gap polymer device using the Lu-PCBEH acceptor; and the majority of the effort was focused on development of a device with over 7% PCE. While low current and fill factors suppressed overall device performance for the low band gap polymers tested, significant discoveries were made that point the way for future development of these novel acceptor materials.

Walker, K.; Joslin, S.

2011-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Wafer Bonding and Layer Transfer Processes for High Efficiency Solar Cells  

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A wafer-bonded four-junction cell design consisting of InGaAs, InGaAsP, GaAs, and Ga0.5In0.5P subcells that could reach one-sun AM0 efficiencies of 35.4% is described. The design relies on wafer-bonding and layer transfer for integration of non-lattice-matched subcells. Wafer bonding and layer transfer processes have shown promise in the fabrication of InP/Si epitaxial templates for growth of the bottom InGaAs and InGaAsP subcells on a Si support substrate. Subsequent wafer bonding and layer transfer of a thin Ge layer onto the lower subcell stack can serve as an epitaxial template for GaAs and Ga0.5In0.5P subcells. Additionally, wafer bonded Ge/Si substrates offer the possibility to improve the mechanical performance of existing triple-junction solar cell designs, while simultaneously reducing their cost. Present results indicate that optically active III/V compound semiconductors can be grown on both Ge/Si and InP/Si heterostructures. Current-voltage electrical characterization of the interfaces of these structures indicates that both InP/Si and Ge/Si interfaces have specific resistances lower than 0.1 W?cm2 for heavily doped wafer bonded interfaces, enabling back surface power extraction from the finished cell structure.

Zahler, J. M.; Fontcuberta i Morral, A.; Ahn, C. G.; Atwater, H. A.; Wanlass, M. W.; Chu, C.; Iles, P. A.

2003-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High-efficiency indium tin oxide/indium phosphide solar cells  

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Improvements in the performance of indium tin oxide/indium phosphide (ITO/InP) solar cells have been achieved by using dc magnetron sputter deposited /ital n/-ITO onto an epitaxial /ital p///ital p//sup +/ structure grown on good quality commercial /ital p//sup +/ bulk substrates. The composition of the sputtering gas has been investigated and the highest efficiency cells resulted when the surface of the epilayer was exposed to an Ar/H/sub 2/ plasma before depositing the bulk of the ITO in a more typical Ar/O/sub 2/ plasma. With H/sub 2/ processing, record efficiencies of 18.9% global, 1000 W m/sup /minus/2/, 25 /degree/C (17.0% air mass zero) were achieved. Without H/sub 2/ processing, the devices exhibited lower efficiencies and were unstable. Type conversion of the InP was shown to occur and was established as being associated with the ITO (possibly due to Sn donors) rather than sputter damage. These improvements in performance have resulted from the optimization of the doping, thickness, transport, and surface properties of the /ital p/-type base, as well as from better control over the ITO deposition procedure.

Li, X.; Wanlass, M. W.; Gessert, T. A.; Emery, K. A.; Coutts, T. J.

1989-06-26T23:59:59.000Z

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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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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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DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH EFFICIENCY FLEXIBLE CdTe SOLAR CELLS A.Romeo, M. Arnold, D.L. Btzner, H. Zogg and A.N. Tiwari*  

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to the solar panel that can be adapted to any kind of shape and is easy to deploy in space. In the last yearsDEVELOPMENT OF HIGH EFFICIENCY FLEXIBLE CdTe SOLAR CELLS A.Romeo, M. Arnold, D.L. Bätzner, H. Zogg Telephone: +44-1509-227031 E-mail: a.n.tiwari@lboro.ac.uk ABSTRACT: Polycrystalline thin film solar cells

Romeo, Alessandro

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Highly Efficient Multi-crystalline Solar Cells Using Rear Surface Passivation Technology  

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Abstract In this work, we have successfully demonstrated the rear side passivation technology applied to multi-crystalline p-type wafers. The AlOx/SiNx stack was selected as rear side passivation layer combined with suitable laser opening source and metallization materials. The performance of multi-crystalline cell reached an efficiency level of 18%-19% applying this technology and the light induced degradation and module power output performance are attractive compared with current cell type.

Yan-Kai Chiou; Hung-Ming Lin; Kuang-Hui Hung; Cheng-Yu Ko; Chia-Hung Wu; Hsieng-Chen Yen; Shyuan-Fang Chen; Nai-Tien Ou; Walt K.W. Huang

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High Efficiency Solar Power via Separated Photo and Voltaic Pathways  

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This project demonstrates a novel nanostructured solar cell architecture capable of achieving high efficiency levels that is relatively simple and inexpensive to manufacture. The high efficiency will be achieved by the novel structure that separates the path of the photons from the path of the generated charge carriers. In this way, the photon path can be long for maximum light absorption, while the path for carriers can be short for maximum electronic energy harvesting. The combination of maximum light absorption coupled with maximum carrier harvesting is the basis for the expected high efficiency. The project will develop high efficiency solar cell prototypes utilizing this unique nanostructured architecture. The project addresses the fundamental limitation inherent in all current solar cell designs, and which opens a pathway to development for high efficiency solar cells at low cost. Realizing this goal will result in a levelized cost of electricity in the range of 10¢/kWh, which would achieve the long-sought goal of making photovoltaic electricity cost competitive with fossil-fuel generated electricity without any governmental subsidies. This breakthrough would spur the already rapid growth in the photovoltaic industry to an explosive pace, with significant, widespread benefit to the national economy and the nation’s energy security. The initial target of the program is to develop single-junction solar cells using ultrathin amorphous silicon with the performance approaching that of single crystal silicon cells.

Michael J. Naughton

2009-02-17T23:59:59.000Z

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High-efficiency silicon concentrator cell commercialization  

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This report summarizes the first phase of a forty-one month program to develop a commercial, high-efficiency concentrator solar cell and facility for manufacturing it. The period covered is November 1, 1990 to December 31, 1991. This is a joint program between the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Sandia National Laboratories. (This report is also published by EPRI as EPRI report number TR-102035.) During the first year of the program, SunPower accomplished the following major objectives: (1) a new solar cell fabrication facility, which is called the Cell Pilot Line (CPL), (2) a baseline concentrator cell process has been developed, and (3) a cell testing facility has been completed. Initial cell efficiencies are about 23% for the baseline process. The long-range goal is to improve this efficiency to 27%.

Sinton, R.A.; Swanson, R.M. [SunPower Corp., Sunnyvale, CA (US)

1993-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Numerical simulations for high efficiency HIT solar cells using microcrystalline silicon as emitter and back surface field (BSF) layers  

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Abstract In present article the influence of thickness and band gap of microcrystalline silicon emitter layer, amorphous silicon front and back intrinsic layers and p-type crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafer thickness on the performance of TCO/?c-Si:H(n)/a-Si:H(i)/c-Si(p)/a-Si:H(i)/?c-Si:H(p+)/Ag Heterojunction with thin intrinsic layer (HIT) solar cell along with other structural possibilities were investigated through computer simulations using AFORS-HET software. These simulations revealed the importance of inclusion of intrinsic a-Si:H thin layer in improving the performance of solar cell with the help of interface passivation. Also microcrystalline BSF can raise the conversion efficiency more than 4% compared to HIT solar cell having no BSF layer. Highest stable efficiency of 24.12% for p-type substrate based HITBSF (HIT with back surface field) solar cells was observed. Furthermore the effect of textured transparent conductive oxide (TCO) on solar cells was investigated where the enhanced light trapping was observed with the use of textured TCO surface which raised the performance of solar cells. These optimizations may help in fabricating ?c-Si emitter and BSF based HIT solar cells with stable efficiencies compared to possibly degraded efficiencies as in case of a-Si:H based HIT solar cell structures studied so far.

Arti Rawat; Mansi Sharma; Deepika Chaudhary; S. Sudhakar; Sushil Kumar

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Highly efficient flexible inverted organic solar cells using atomic layer deposited ZnO as electron selective layer  

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advancements, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of organic solar cells (OSCs) has been improved with PCE more than 4% was demonstrated.7 However,Cs2CO3 exhibitsdeliquescencewhichaffects severely a PCE of 3.09%.14 Hau et al. adopted spin-coated ZnO nanoparticles as the electron selective layer

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The feasibility of high-efficiency InAs/GaAs quantum dot intermediate band solar cells  

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Abstract In recent years, all the operating principles of intermediate band behaviour have been demonstrated in InAs/GaAs quantum dot (QD) solar cells. Having passed this hurdle, a new stage of research is underway, whose goal is to deliver QD solar cells with efficiencies above those of state-of-the-art single-gap devices. In this work, we demonstrate that this is possible, using the present InAs/GaAs QD system, if the \\{QDs\\} are made to be radiatively dominated, and if absorption enhancements are achieved by a combination of increasing the number of \\{QDs\\} and light trapping. A quantitative prediction is also made of the absorption enhancements required, suggesting that a 30 fold increase in the number of \\{QDs\\} and a light trapping enhancement of 10 are sufficient. Finally, insight is given into the relative merits of absorption enhancement via increasing QD numbers and via light trapping.

A. Mellor; A. Luque; I. Tobías; A. Martí

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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The Growth of InGaAsN for High Efficiency Solar Cells by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition  

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InGaAsN alloys are a promising material for increasing the efficiency of multi-junction solar cells now used for satellite power systems. However, the growth of these dilute N containing alloys has been challenging with further improvements in material quality needed before the solar cell higher efficiencies are realized. Nitrogen/V ratios exceeding 0.981 resulted in lower N incorporation and poor surface morphologies. The growth rate was found to depend on not only the total group III transport for a fixed N/V ratio but also on the N/V ratio. Carbon tetrachloride and dimethylzinc were effective for p-type doping. Disilane was not an effective n-type dopant while SiCl4 did result in n-type material but only a narrow range of electron concentrations (2-5e17cm{sup -3}) were achieved.

ALLERMAN,ANDREW A.; BANKS,JAMES C.; GEE,JAMES M.; JONES,ERIC D.; KURTZ,STEVEN R.

1999-09-16T23:59:59.000Z

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

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Thin-film solar cells based on silicon have emerged as an alternative to standard thick wafers technology, but they are less efficient, because of incomplete absorption of sunlight, and non-radiative recombinations. In this paper, we focus on the case of crystalline silicon (c-Si) devices, and we present a full analytic electro-optical model for p-n junction solar cells with Lambertian light trapping. This model is validated against numerical solutions of the drift-diffusion equations. We use this model to investigate the interplay between light trapping, and bulk and surface recombination. Special attention is paid to surface recombination processes, which become more important in thinner devices. These effects are further amplified due to the textures required for light trapping, which lead to increased surface area. We show that c-Si solar cells with thickness of a few microns can overcome 20% efficiency and outperform bulk ones when light trapping is implemented. The optimal device thickness in presence of light trapping, bulk and surface recombination, is quantified to be in the range of 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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Green synthesis of highly efficient CdSe quantum dots for quantum-dots-sensitized solar cells  

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Green synthesis of CdSe quantum dots for application in the quantum-dots-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) is investigated in this work. The CdSe QDs were prepared with glycerol as the solvent, with sharp emission peak, full width at half maximum around 30?nm, and absorption peak from 475?nm to 510?nm. The reaction is environmental friendly and energy saving. What's more, the green synthesized CdSe QDs are coherence to the maximum remittance region of the solar spectrum and suitable as sensitizers to assemble onto TiO{sub 2} electrodes for cell devices application. What's more, the dynamic procedure of the carriers' excitation, transportation, and recombination in the QDSCs are discussed. Because the recombination of the electrons from the conduction band of TiO{sub 2}'s to the electrolyte affects the efficiency of the solar cells greatly, 3-Mercaptopropionic acid capped water-dispersible QDs were used to cover the surface of TiO{sub 2}. The resulting green synthesized CdSe QDSCs with Cu{sub 2}S as the electrode show a photovoltaic performance with a conversion efficiency of 3.39%.

Gao, Bing; Shen, Chao; Zhang, Mengya; Yuan, Shuanglong; Yang, Yunxia, E-mail: yangyunxia@ecust.edu.cn, E-mail: grchen@ecust.edu.cn; Chen, Guorong, E-mail: yangyunxia@ecust.edu.cn, E-mail: grchen@ecust.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Zhang, Bo [Department of Physics, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China)

2014-05-21T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

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

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Investigation of the basic physics of high efficiency semiconductor hot carrier solar cell. Annual status report, 31 May 1994-30 May 1995  

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The main purpose of this research program is to investigate potential semiconductor materials and their multi-band-gap MQW (multiple quantum wells) structures for high efficiency solar cells for aerospace and commercial applications. The absorption and PL (photoluminescence) spectra, the carrier dynamics, and band structures have been investigated for semiconductors of InP, GaP, GaInP, and InGaAsP/InP MQW structures, and for semiconductors of GaAs and AlGaAs by previous measurements. The barrier potential design criteria for achieving maximum energy conversion efficiency, and the resonant tunneling time as a function of barrier width in high efficiency MQW solar cell structures have also been investigated in the first two years. Based on previous carrier dynamics measurements and the time-dependent short circuit current density calculations, an InAs/InGaAs - InGaAs/GaAs - GaAs/AlGaAs MQW solar cell structure with 15 bandgaps has been designed. The absorption and PL spectra in InGaAsP/InP bulk and MQW structures were measured at room temperature and 77 K with different pump wavelength and intensity, to search for resonant states that may affect the solar cell activities. Time-resolved IR absorption for InGaAsP/InP bulk and MQW structures has been measured by femtosecond visible-pump and IR-probe absorption spectroscopy. This, with the absorption and PL measurements, will be helpful to understand the basic physics and device performance in multi-bandgap InAs/InGaAs - InGaAs/InP - InP/InGaP MQW solar cells. In particular, the lifetime of the photoexcited hot electrons is an important parameter for the device operation of InGaAsP/InP MQW solar cells working in the resonant tunneling conditions. Lastly, time evolution of the hot electron relaxation in GaAs has been measured in the temperature range of 4 K through 288 K using femtosecond pump-IR-probe absorption technique.

Alfano, R.R.; Wang, W.B.; Mohaidat, J.M.; Cavicchia, M.A.; Raisky, O.Y.

1995-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Growth and development of GaInAsP for use in high-efficiency solar cells. Final subcontract report, 1 July 1991--30 December 1993  

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This report describes accomplishments during Phase 3 of this subcontract. The overall goals of the subcontract were (1) to develop the necessary technology to grow high-efficiency GaInAsP layers that are lattice-matched to GaAs and Ge; (2) to demonstrate highefficiency GaInAsP single-junction solar cells; and (3) to demonstrate GaInAsP/Ge cascade solar cells suitable for operation under concentrated (500X) sunlight. The major accomplishments during Phase 3 include (1) demonstrating a GaInAsP tunnel diode for use as an interconnect in the GaInAsP/Ge cascade cell, and (2) demonstrating a GaInAsP/Ge cascade cell. The development of the GaInAsP tunnel diode is a major accomplishment because it allows for the GaInAsP and Ge cells to be connected without optical losses for the bottom Ge cell, such as a Ge tunnel diode would cause. The GaInAsP/Ge cascade cell development is significant because of the demonstration of a cascade cell with a new materials system.

Sharps, P.R. [Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)

1994-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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 Solar Fuels Reactor Concept  

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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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Webinar January 13: Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems  

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The Energy Department will present a live webinar entitled "Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems" on Tuesday, January 13, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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

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

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

1988-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Singlet-Fission Sensitizers for Ultra-High Efficiency Excitonic Solar Cells: 15 August 2005 - 14 October 2008  

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We have considered the potential benefits offered by using singlet fission sensitizers in photovoltaic cells and identified two key issues involved in the search for such sensitizers.

Michl, J.

2008-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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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

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Process Optimization for High Efficiency Heterojunction c-Si Solar Cells Fabrication Using Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition: Preprint  

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The researchers extensively studied the effects of annealing or thermal history of cell process on the minority carrier lifetimes of FZ n-type c-Si wafers with various i-layer thicknesses from 5 to 60 nm, substrate temperatures from 100 to 350 degrees C, doped layers both p- and n-types, and transparent conducting oxide (TCO).

Ai, Y.; Yuan, H. C.; Page, M.; Nemeth, W.; Roybal, L.; Wang, Q.

2012-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High-Efficiency Solar Cogeneration with TPV & Fiber-Optic Daylighting...  

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High-Efficiency Solar Cogeneration with TPV & Fiber-Optic Daylighting High-Efficiency Solar Cogeneration with TPV & Fiber-Optic Daylighting Lead Performer: Creative Light Source,...

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High efficiency diamond solar cells  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

A photovoltaic device and method of making same. A layer of p-doped microcrystalline diamond is deposited on a layer of n-doped ultrananocrystalline diamond such as by providing a substrate in a chamber, providing a first atmosphere containing about 1% by volume CH.sub.4 and about 99% by volume H.sub.2 with dopant quantities of a boron compound, subjecting the atmosphere to microwave energy to deposit a p-doped microcrystalline diamond layer on the substrate, providing a second atmosphere of about 1% by volume CH.sub.4 and about 89% by volume Ar and about 10% by volume N.sub.2, subjecting the second atmosphere to microwave energy to deposit a n-doped ultrananocrystalline diamond layer on the p-doped microcrystalline diamond layer. Electrodes and leads are added to conduct electrical energy when the layers are irradiated.

Gruen, Dieter M. (Downers Grove, IL)

2008-05-06T23:59:59.000Z

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High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells  

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Conversion efficiency has emerged as an important contributor to further reducing photovoltaic system cost. This presentation will discuss the various improvements that have increased...

Swanson, Richard

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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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High-efficiency GaAs and GaInP solar cells grown by all solid-state molecular-beam-epitaxy  

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We report the initial results of GaAs and GaInP solar cells grown by all solid-state molecular- ... (MBE) technique. For GaAs single-junction solar cell, with the application of AlInP as ... back surface field la...

Shulong Lu; Lian Ji; Wei He; Pan Dai; Hui Yang…

2011-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Novel Materials for High Efficiency Direct Methanol Fuel Cells  

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or otherwise restricted information Novel Materials for High Efficiency Direct Methanol Fuel Cells Chris Roger and David Mountz October 1, 2009 2009 Fuel Cell Projects Kickoff...

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

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

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

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

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

2014-02-24T23:59:59.000Z

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Highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells based on HfO{sub 2} modified TiO{sub 2} electrodes  

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Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ? HfO{sub 2} has been used to modify TiO{sub 2} electrodes in dye sensitized solar cells. ? HfO{sub 2} layer increases the dye adsorption. ? Diffusion coefficient (D{sub e}) and lifetime (?{sub e}) of the photoelectrons were increased. ? Solar cell efficiency (?) was greatly improved from 5.67 to 9.59%. -- Abstract: In this article, we describe the use of hafnium oxide (HfO{sub 2}) as a new and efficient blocking layer material to modify TiO{sub 2} electrodes in dye sensitized solar cells. Different thicknesses of HfO{sub 2} over-layers were prepared by simple dip coating from two different precursors and their effects on the performance of DSSCs were studied. The HfO{sub 2} modification remarkably increases dye adsorption, resulting from the fact that the surface of HfO{sub 2} is more basic than that of TiO{sub 2}. Furthermore, the HfO{sub 2} coating demonstrated increased diffusion coefficient (D{sub e}) and lifetime (?{sub e}) of the photoelectrons, indicating the improved retardation of the back electron transfer, which increases short-circuit current (J{sub sc}) and open-circuit voltage (V{sub oc}). Thereby, the photo conversion efficiency (?) of the solar cell was greatly improved from 5.67 to 9.59% (an improvement of 69.02%) as the HfO{sub 2} layer was coated over TiO{sub 2} films.

Ramasamy, Parthiban [Department of Chemistry and GETRC, Kongju National University, 182 Singkwan, Kongju, Chungnam 314-701 (Korea, Republic of)] [Department of Chemistry and GETRC, Kongju National University, 182 Singkwan, Kongju, Chungnam 314-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Moon-Sung; Cha, Hyeon-Jung [Department of Environmental Engineering, Sangmyung University, 300 Anseo-dong, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungnam 330-720 (Korea, Republic of)] [Department of Environmental Engineering, Sangmyung University, 300 Anseo-dong, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungnam 330-720 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jinkwon, E-mail: jkim@kongju.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry and GETRC, Kongju National University, 182 Singkwan, Kongju, Chungnam 314-701 (Korea, Republic of)] [Department of Chemistry and GETRC, Kongju National University, 182 Singkwan, Kongju, Chungnam 314-701 (Korea, Republic of)

2013-01-15T23:59:59.000Z

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The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar  

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The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells Print The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells Print The efficiency of polymer/organic photovoltaic cells hinges on excitons-electron/hole pairs energized by sunlight-getting to the interfaces of donor and acceptor domains quickly, before recombining. At the interfaces, they become free charges that must then reach device electrodes. With the discovery of mixed domains of donor and acceptor molecules, many have pictured the excitons' journey as easy (interfaces are everywhere) but the charges' journey as precarious (interfaces are everywhere). Instead, using a combination of x-ray scattering and microscopy techniques, researchers have found that excitons may actually not fare so well in mixed domains but need access to pure aggregates to efficiently convert into charges. The smaller the aggregates, the better, allowing increased interfacial area and dramatic increases in device performance.

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The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar  

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The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells Print The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells Print The efficiency of polymer/organic photovoltaic cells hinges on excitons-electron/hole pairs energized by sunlight-getting to the interfaces of donor and acceptor domains quickly, before recombining. At the interfaces, they become free charges that must then reach device electrodes. With the discovery of mixed domains of donor and acceptor molecules, many have pictured the excitons' journey as easy (interfaces are everywhere) but the charges' journey as precarious (interfaces are everywhere). Instead, using a combination of x-ray scattering and microscopy techniques, researchers have found that excitons may actually not fare so well in mixed domains but need access to pure aggregates to efficiently convert into charges. The smaller the aggregates, the better, allowing increased interfacial area and dramatic increases in device performance.

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The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar  

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The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells Print The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells Print The efficiency of polymer/organic photovoltaic cells hinges on excitons-electron/hole pairs energized by sunlight-getting to the interfaces of donor and acceptor domains quickly, before recombining. At the interfaces, they become free charges that must then reach device electrodes. With the discovery of mixed domains of donor and acceptor molecules, many have pictured the excitons' journey as easy (interfaces are everywhere) but the charges' journey as precarious (interfaces are everywhere). Instead, using a combination of x-ray scattering and microscopy techniques, researchers have found that excitons may actually not fare so well in mixed domains but need access to pure aggregates to efficiently convert into charges. The smaller the aggregates, the better, allowing increased interfacial area and dramatic increases in device performance.

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A novel hierarchical homogeneous nanoarchitecture of TiO2 nanosheets branched TiO2 nanosheet arrays for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells  

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Abstract We report a novel hierarchical homogeneous nanoarchitecture of TiO2 nanosheets branched TiO2 nanosheet arrays, which is formed directly on transparent conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate through a one-step facile hydrothermal reaction without the use of a seed layer. The hierarchical homogeneous nanoarchitecture is composed of long TiO2 nanosheet trunks grafted with a large number of TiO2 nanosheet branches, which is an effective structure to improve the charge transport with the increase of the specific surface area. Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) based on TiO2 nanosheets branched TiO2 nanosheet arrays can achieve an outstanding power conversion efficiency of 6.66%, which is attributed to the specific performances such as higher specific surface area for adsorbing more dye molecules, superior light scattering capacity for boosting the light-harvesting efficiency and faster charge transport for efficient charge collection.

Bing-Xin Lei; Xiao-Feng Zheng; He-kang Qiao; Yi Li; Shu-Nuo Wang; Guo-Lei Huang; Zhen-Fan Sun

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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TiO2-Coated Ultrathin SnO2 Nanosheets Used as Photoanodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with High Efficiency  

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According to the EIS model, the lifetime of electrons in the oxide film (?r) can be estimated from the maximum angular frequency (?max) of the impedance semicircle arc at middle frequencies in the Bode spectrum. ... Zn stannate can be an interesting mesoporous material for DSSC, provided dyes are used which have a higher position of the LUMO compared to that of N719, as it will permit attaining higher photovoltages without affecting the photocurrent. ... The power conversion efficiency (6.40%) of dye-sensitized solar cell based on hierarchical SnO2 octahedra which has a 23% increase compared with that of SnO2 nanoparticle photoelectrode (5.21%) is mainly ascribed to the efficient light scattering for the former, which is further confirmed by the UV/visible reflectance spectra. ...

Jun Xing; Wen Qi Fang; Zhen Li; Hua Gui Yang

2012-02-28T23:59:59.000Z

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High Efficiency Nanostructured III-V Photovoltaics for Solar Concentrator Application  

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The High Efficiency Nanostructured III-V Photovoltaics for Solar Concentrators project seeks to provide new photovoltaic cells for Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) Systems with higher cell efficiency, more favorable temperature coefficients and less sensitivity to changes in spectral distribution. The main objective of this project is to provide high efficiency III-V solar cells that will reduce the overall cost per Watt for power generation using CPV systems.This work is focused both on a potential near term application, namely the use of indium arsenide (InAs) QDs to spectrally "tune" the middle (GaAs) cell of a SOA triple junction device to a more favorable effective bandgap, as well as the long term goal of demonstrating intermediate band solar cell effects. The QDs are confined within a high electric field i-region of a standard GaAs solar cell. The extended absorption spectrum (and thus enhanced short circuit current) of the QD solar cell results from the increase in the sub GaAs bandgap spectral response that is achievable as quantum dot layers are introduced into the i-region. We have grown InAs quantum dots by OMVPE technique and optimized the QD growth conditions. Arrays of up to 40 layers of strain balanced quantum dots have been experimentally demonstrated with good material quality, low residual stain and high PL intensity. Quantum dot enhanced solar cells were grown and tested under simulated one sun AM1.5 conditions. Concentrator solar cells have been grown and fabricated with 5-40 layers of QDs. Testing of these devices show the QD cells have improved efficiency compared to baseline devices without QDs. Device modeling and measurement of thermal properties were performed using Crosslight APSYS. Improvements in a triple junction solar cell with the insertion of QDs into the middle current limiting junction was shown to be as high as 29% under one sun illumination for a 10 layer stack QD enhanced triple junction solar cell. QD devices have strong potential for net gains in efficiency at high concentration.

Hubbard, Seth

2012-09-12T23:59:59.000Z

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Simultaneous P and B diffusion, in-situ surface passivation, impurity filtering and gettering for high-efficiency silicon solar cells  

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A technique is presented to simultaneously diffuse boron and phosphorus in silicon, and grow an in-situ passivating oxide in a single furnace step. It is shown that limited solid doping sources made from P and B Spin-On Dopant (SOD) films can produce optimal n{sup +} and p{sup +} profiles simultaneously without the deleterious effects of cross doping. A high quality passivating oxide is grown in-situ beneath the thin ({approximately} 60 {angstrom}) diffusion glass, resulting in low J{sub o} values below 100 fA/cm{sup 2} for transparent ({approximately} 100 {Omega}/{open_square}) phosphorus and boron diffusions. For the first time it is shown that impurities present in the boron SOD film can be effectively filtered out by employing separate source wafers, resulting in bulk lifetimes in excess of 1 ms for the sample wafers. The degree of lifetime degradation in the sources is related to the gettering efficiency of boron in silicon. This novel simultaneous diffusion, in-situ oxidation, impurity filtering and gettering technique was successfully used to produce 20.3% Fz, and 19.1% Cz solar cells, in one furnace step.

Krygowski, T.; Rohatgi, A. [Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, GA (United States); Ruby, D. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

1997-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

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High-efficiency solution processable polymer photovoltaic cells by  

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. Polymer solar cells have shown potential to harness solar energy in a cost-effective way. Significant as a promising cost-effective alternative to silicon-based solar cells1­3 . Some of the important advantages, Los Angeles, California 90095, USA 2 National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401, USA

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The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar  

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The Importance of Domain Size The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells Print Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00 The efficiency of polymer/organic photovoltaic cells hinges on excitons-electron/hole pairs energized by sunlight-getting to the interfaces of donor and acceptor domains quickly, before recombining. At the interfaces, they become free charges that must then reach device electrodes. With the discovery of mixed domains of donor and acceptor molecules, many have pictured the excitons' journey as easy (interfaces are everywhere) but the charges' journey as precarious (interfaces are everywhere). Instead, using a combination of x-ray scattering and microscopy techniques, researchers have found that excitons may actually not fare so well in mixed domains but need access to pure aggregates to efficiently convert into charges. The smaller the aggregates, the better, allowing increased interfacial area and dramatic increases in device performance.

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Sandia National Laboratories: High-Efficiency Solar Thermochemical...  

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July 9, 2014, in Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Infrastructure...

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Sandia National Laboratories: high-efficiency solar thermochemical...  

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July 9, 2014, in Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Infrastructure...

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New GaInP/GaAs/GaInAs, Triple-Bandgap, Tandem Solar Cell for High-Efficiency Terrestrial Concentrator Systems  

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GaInP/GaAs/GaInAs three-junction cells are grown in an inverted configuration on GaAs, allowing high quality growth of the lattice matched GaInP and GaAs layers before a grade is used for the 1-eV GaInAs layer. Using this approach an efficiency of 37.9% was demonstrated.

Kurtz, S.; Wanlass, M.; Kramer, C.; Young, M.; Geisz, J.; Ward, S.; Duda, A.; Moriarty, T.; Carapella, J.; Ahrenkiel, P.; Emery. K.; Jones, K.; Romero, M.; Kibbler, A.; Olson, J.; Friedman, D.; McMahon, W.; Ptak, A.

2005-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Conversion Tower for Dispatchable Solar Power: High-Efficiency Solar-Electric Conversion Power Tower  

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HEATS Project: Abengoa Solar is developing a high-efficiency solar-electric conversion tower to enable low-cost, fully dispatchable solar energy generation. Abengoa’s conversion tower utilizes new system architecture and a two-phase thermal energy storage media with an efficient supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) power cycle. The company is using a high-temperature heat-transfer fluid with a phase change in between its hot and cold operating temperature. The fluid serves as a heat storage material and is cheaper and more efficient than conventional heat-storage materials, like molten salt. It also allows the use of a high heat flux solar receiver, advanced high thermal energy density storage, and more efficient power cycles.

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2012-01-11T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Webinar January 13: Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction...  

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Plants Home About the Fuel Cell Technologies Office Hydrogen Production Hydrogen Delivery Hydrogen Storage Fuel Cells Technology Validation Manufacturing Safety, Codes, and...

124

Heterojunction solar cell  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

Olson, J.M.

1994-08-30T23:59:59.000Z

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European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, 24-28 September 2012, 2AO.2.4 HIGH EFFICIENCY BACK-CONTACT BACK-JUNCTION SILICON SOLAR CELLS WITH CELL  

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Energy Corporation ASA, Kjørboveien 29, NO-1337 Sandvika, Norway 3 Institute for Solid State Physics27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, 24-28 September 2012, 2AO.2 Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH), Am Ohrberg 1, D-31860 Emmerthal, Germany 2 Renewable

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Development of a solar receiver for a high-efficiency thermionic/thermoelectric conversion system  

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Solar energy is one of the most promising energy resources on Earth and in space, because it is clean and inexhaustible. Therefore, we have been developing a solar-powered high-efficiency thermionic-thermoelectric conversion system which combines a thermionic converter (TIC) with a thermoelectric converter (TEC) to use thermal energy efficiently and to achieve high efficiency conversion. The TIC emitter must uniformly heat up to 1800 K. The TIC emitter can be heated using thermal radiation from a solar receiver maintained at a high temperature by concentrated solar irradiation. A cylindrical cavity-type solar receiver constructed from graphite was designed and heated in a vacuum by using the solar concentrator at Tohoku University. The maximum temperature of the solar receiver enclosed by a molybdenum cup reached 1965 K, which was sufficiently high to heat a TIC emitter using thermal radiation from the receiver. 4 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

Naito, H.; Kohsaka, Y.; Cooke, D.; Arashi, H. [Tohoku Univ., Aramaki (Japan)] [Tohoku Univ., Aramaki (Japan)

1996-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Design and global optimization of high-efficiency solar thermal systems  

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, Massachusetts 02139, USA bermel@mit.edu Abstract: Solar thermal, thermoelectric, and thermophotovoltaic (TPVDesign and global optimization of high-efficiency solar thermal systems with tungsten cermets DavidDepartment of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts

Soljaèiæ, Marin

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High efficiency carbonate fuel cell/turbine hybrid power cycle  

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The hybrid power cycle studies were conducted to identify a high efficiency, economically competitive system. A hybrid power cycle which generates power at an LHV efficiency > 70% was identified that includes an atmospheric pressure direct carbonate fuel cell, a gas turbine, and a steam cycle. In this cycle, natural gas fuel is mixed with recycled fuel cell anode exhaust, providing water for reforming fuel. The mixed gas then flows to a direct carbonate fuel cell which generates about 70% of the power. The portion of the anode exhaust which is not recycled is burned and heat transferred through a heat exchanger (HX) to the compressed air from a gas turbine. The heated compressed air is then heated further in the gas turbine burner and expands through the turbine generating 15% of the power. Half the exhaust from the turbine provides air for the anode exhaust burner. All of the turbine exhaust eventually flows through the fuel cell cathodes providing the O2 and CO2 needed in the electrochemical reaction. Exhaust from the cathodes flows to a steam system (heat recovery steam generator, staged steam turbine generating 15% of the cycle power). Simulation of a 200 MW plant with a hybrid power cycle had an LHV efficiency of 72.6%. Power output and efficiency are insensitive to ambient temperature, compared to a gas turbine combined cycle; NOx emissions are 75% lower. Estimated cost of electricity for 200 MW is 46 mills/kWh, which is competitive with combined cycle where fuel cost is > $5.8/MMBTU. Key requirement is HX; in the 200 MW plant studies, a HX operating at 1094 C using high temperature HX technology currently under development by METC for coal gassifiers was assumed. A study of a near term (20 MW) high efficiency direct carbonate fuel cell/turbine hybrid power cycle has also been completed.

Steinfeld, G.; Maru, H.C. [Energy Research Corp., Danbury, CT (United States); Sanderson, R.A. [Sanderson (Robert) and Associates, Wethersfield, CT (United States)

1996-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High Efficiency Carrier Multiplication in PbSe Nanocrystals: Implications for Solar Energy Conversion  

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We demonstrate for the first time that impact ionization (II) (the inverse of Auger recombination) occurs with very high efficiency in semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs). 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. The generation of multiexcitons from a single photon absorption event is observed to take place on an ultrafast (picosecond) time scale and occurs with up to 100% efficiency depending upon the excess energy of the absorbed photon. Efficient II in NCs can be used to considerably increase the power conversion efficiency of NC-based solar cells.

R. D. Schaller and V. I. Klimov

2004-05-05T23:59:59.000Z

130

Neutral Color Semitransparent Microstructured Perovskite Solar Cells  

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

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

2013-12-10T23:59:59.000Z

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Hydrothermally Grown Upright-Standing Nanoporous Nanosheets of Iodine-Doped ZnO (ZnO:I) Nanocrystallites for a High-Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell  

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Nanoporous nanosheets of ZnO and ZnO:I nanocrsytallites were washed with DI water and baked in air at 350 °C for 30 min in order to remove any residual organics and optimize solar cell performance. ... The proposed growth process is a simple and low-cost approach for the large scale production of nanomaterials with high conversion efficiency to fabricate DSSCs and hybrid solar cells. ... This method is also anticipated to be equally applicable to other semiconductor photoelectrodes in DSSCs and organic–inorganic hybrid solar cells. ...

Khalid Mahmood; Hyun Wook Kang; Seung Bin Park; Hyung Jin Sung

2013-03-19T23:59:59.000Z

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High-efficiency solar cells fabricated from direct-current magnetron sputtered n-indium tin oxide onto p-InP grown by atmospheric pressure metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy  

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Solar cells based on dc magnetron sputtered indium tin oxide onto epitaxially grown films of p-InP have been fabricated and analyzed. The best cells had a global efficiency of 18.4% and an air mass zero (AMO) efficiency of 16.0%. The principal fabrication variable considered was the constituency of the sputtering gas and both argon/hydrogen and argon/oxygen mixtures have been used. The former cells have the higher efficiencies, are apparently stable, and exhibit almost ideal junction characteristics. The latter cells are relatively unstable and exhibit much higher ideality factors and reverse saturation current densities. The temperature dependence of the reverse saturation current indicates totally different charge transfer mechanisms in the two cases.

Li, X.; Wanlass, M.W.; Gessert, T.A.; Emery, K.A.; Coutts, T.J.

1989-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

133

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

134

Novel Materials for High Efficiency Direct Methanol Fuel Cells  

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Presented at the Department of Energy Fuel Cell Projects Kickoff Meeting, September 1 – October 1, 2009

135

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

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

1998-03-24T23:59:59.000Z

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Bandgap Engineering in High-Efficiency Multijunction Concentrator Cells  

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This paper discusses semiconductor device research paths under investigation with the aim of reaching the milestone efficiency of 40%. A cost analysis shows that achieving very high cell efficiencies is crucial for the realization of cost-effective photovoltaics, because of the strongly leveraging effect of efficiency on module packaging and balance-of systems costs. Lattice-matched (LM) GaInP/ GaInAs/ Ge 3-junction cells have achieved the highest independently confirmed efficiency at 175 suns, 25?C, of 37.3% under the standard AM1.5D, low-AOD terrestrial spectrum. Lattice-mismatched, or metamorphic (MM), materials offer still higher potential efficiencies, if the crystal quality can be maintained. Theoretical efficiencies well over 50% are possible for a MM GaInP/ 1.17-eV GaInAs/ Ge 3-junction cell limited by radiative recombination at 500 suns. The bandgap - open circuit voltage offset, (Eg/q) - Voc, is used as a valuable theoretical and experimental tool to characterize multijunction cells with subcell bandgaps ranging from 0.7 to 2.1 eV. Experimental results are presented for prototype 6-junction cells employing an active {approx}1.1-eV dilute nitride GaInNAs subcell, with active-area efficiency greater than 23% and over 5.3 V open-circuit voltage under the 1-sun AM0 space spectrum. Such cell designs have theoretical efficiencies under the terrestrial spectrum at 500 suns concentration exceeding 55% efficiency, even for lattice-matched designs.

King, R. R.; Sherif, R. A.; Kinsey, G. S.; Kurtz, S.; Fetzer, C. M.; Edmondson, K. M.; Law, D. C.; Cotal, H. L.; Krut, D. D.; Ermer, J. H.; Karam, N. H.

2005-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Low Cost, High Efficiency Reversible Fuel Cell Systems  

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Subsystem PV Array H2 Storage High Voltage DC Bus DC AC Power Natural Gas High Pressure H2 Water Oxygen Air--10001000 Slide 7 Approach - Cell Configuration Seal Alloy Separator Cathode Distribution Layer Electrolyte Anode Distribution layer Seal · Radial Flow · Diffusional · Small Diameter #12;May 19 , 2003 Technology Management

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Key Physical Mechanisms in Nanostructured Solar Cells  

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

Dr Stephan Bremner

2010-07-21T23:59:59.000Z

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Turning Bacteria into Fuel: Cyanobacteria Designed for Solar-Powered Highly Efficient Production of Biofuels  

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Broad Funding Opportunity Announcement Project: ASU is engineering a type of photosynthetic bacteria that efficiently produce fatty acids—a fuel precursor for biofuels. This type of bacteria, called Synechocystis, is already good at converting solar energy and carbon dioxide (CO2) into a type of fatty acid called lauric acid. ASU has modified the organism so it continuously converts sunlight and CO2 into fatty acids—overriding its natural tendency to use solar energy solely for cell growth and maximizing the solar-to-fuel conversion process. ASU’s approach is different because most biofuels research focuses on increasing cellular biomass and not on excreting fatty acids. The project has also identified a unique way to convert the harvested lauric acid into a fuel that can be easily blended with existing transportation fuels.

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2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High efficiency resonant dc/dc converter for solar power applications .  

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??This thesis presents a new topology for a high efficiency dc/dc resonant power converter that utilizes a resistance compression network to provide simultaneous zero voltage… (more)

Inam, Wardah

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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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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Excitonic Solar Cells  

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

Brian A. Gregg

2003-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Multijunction solar cells for conversion of concentrated sunlight to electricity  

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Solar-cell efficiencies have exceeded 40% in recent years. The keys to achieving these high efficiencies include: 1) use of multiple materials that span the solar spectrum, 2) growth...

Kurtz, Sarah; Geisz, John

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

144

Project Profile: High-Efficiency Thermal Storage System for Solar Plants  

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SENER, under the Baseload CSP FOA, aims to develop a highly efficient, low-maintenance and economical thermal energy storage (TES) system using solid graphite modular blocks for CSP plants.

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Design and Analysis of a High-Efficiency, Cost-Effective Solar Concentrator John H. Reif  

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that concentrate solar energy for conversion into usable energy. Ideally, a solar concentrating system should have, wind and sand loading, and abrasion. Many arid and desert areas, best suited for solar energy advantages of our solar concentrating system: are low cost and durability. Unlike most prior solar

Reif, John H.

146

High-efficient solar power systems based on thermionic converter with small gap  

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Various configurations of power systems based on thermionic converter with small interelectrode gap have been considered. The results of studies of systems energy characteristics are presented. The high efficiency and perspectivety of such systems for different applications have been shown. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

Nikolaev, Y.V.; Eryomin, S.A.; Kalmykov, S.S.; Karpechenko, Y.D.; Kucherov, R.Y.; Lapochkin, N.V. [Research Institute of Scientific Industrial Association ``Lutch``, 142100, Podolsk, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)

1996-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Rational Device Design for Highly Efficient Organic Photovoltaic Solar Cells.  

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??Abundant, scalable, environmentally-friendly organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology is increasingly promising in recent years. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of OPVs has been raised to around… (more)

Yang, Bin

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

148

The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic...  

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The Importance of Domain Size and Purity in High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells Print The efficiency of polymerorganic photovoltaic cells hinges on excitons-electronhole pairs...

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Solar Cells DOI: 10.1002/anie.200904492  

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

Wang, Zhong L.

150

Photoelectrochemical solar cells  

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

John T. McDevitt

1984-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

151

Nanocrystal Solar Cells  

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

Gur, Ilan

2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

152

Nanocrystal Solar Cells  

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

Gur, Ilan

2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Highly-Efficient Selective Metamaterial Absorber for High-Temperature Solar Thermal Energy Harvesting  

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In this work, a metamaterial selective solar absorber made of nanostructured titanium gratings deposited on an ultrathin MgF2 spacer and a tungsten ground film is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. Normal absorptance of the fabricated solar absorber is characterized to be higher than 90% in the UV, visible and, near infrared (IR) regime, while the mid-IR emittance is around 20%. The high broadband absorption in the solar spectrum is realized by the excitation of surface plasmon and magnetic polariton resonances, while the low mid-IR emittance is due to the highly reflective nature of the metallic components. Further directional and polarized reflectance measurements show wide-angle and polarization-insensitive high absorption within solar spectrum. Temperature-dependent spectroscopic characterization indicates that the optical properties barely change at elevated temperatures up to 350{\\deg}C. The solar-to-heat conversion efficiency with the fabricated metamaterial solar absorber is predicted to be 78%...

Wang, Hao; Mitchell, Arnan; Rosengarten, Gary; Phelan, Patrick; Wang, Liping

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Integrated Solar Thermochemical Reaction System for High Efficiency Production of Electricity  

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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-Efficiency Low-Cost Solar Receiver for Use in a Supercritical...  

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Low-Cost Solar Receiver for Use in a Supercritical CO 2 Recompression Cycle Brayton Energy, LLC Award Number: DE-EE0005799 | November 30, 2012 | Sullivan * Numerical Modeling is...

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Si concentrator solar cell development. [Final report  

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

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

1994-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

157

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

158

Heterojunction solar cell with passivated emitter surface  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

1994-05-31T23:59:59.000Z

159

Semitransparent organic solar cells  

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

Furong Zhu

2014-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

160

CRADA Final Report: Process development for hybrid solar cells  

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

Ager, Joel W

2011-02-14T23:59:59.000Z

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NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL  

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

Phuyal, Dibya

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

162

Cascade Organic Solar Cells  

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

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

2011-09-02T23:59:59.000Z

163

New US Ultra High Efficiency R&D Programme  

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Very high efficiency is an important characteristic of the value proposition for solar to electric conversion. High efficiency is the shortest path to cost-effective commercial applications and leads to new high value applications such as portable battery charging. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has initiated the Very High Efficiency Solar Cell (VHESC) program to address the critical need of the soldier for power in the field. Very High Efficiency Solar Cells for portable applications1,2 that operate at greater than 55 percent efficiency in the laboratory and 50 percent in production are being developed. We are integrating the optical design with the solar cell design, and have entered previously unoccupied design space that leads to a new architecture paradigm. An integrated team effort is now underway that requires us to invent, develop and transfer to production these new solar cells. Our approach is driven by proven quantitative models for the solar cell design, the optical design and the integration of these designs. We start with a very high performance crystalline silicon solar cell platform. Examples will be presented. Initial solar cell device results are shown for devices fabricated in geometries designed for this VHESC Program.

Allen Barnett Douglas Kirkpatrick

164

A chlorophyll solar cell  

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

J. Christopher Ludlow

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

165

Quantum Junction Solar Cells  

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

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

2012-08-10T23:59:59.000Z

166

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

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

Sites, James R.

167

Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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

168

Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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

169

Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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

170

Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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

171

Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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

172

Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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

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Identifying Optimal Inorganic Nanomaterials for Hybrid Solar Cells Hongjun Xiang* and Su-Huai Wei  

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for realizing high-efficiency hybrid solar cells. Introduction In view of the limited availability of fossil interest. Recently,1,2 the BHJ solar cells have achieved power conversion efficiency (PCE) of about 5V) polymers.3 Unfortunately, low-band-gap polymer-based BHJ solar cells have achieved efficiency no more than

Gong, Xingao

174

Photoinduced Giant Dielectric Constant in Lead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells  

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Perovskite solar cells have emerged as a major topic of research in photovoltaics because of the promising properties of the solution processed, low cost, and high efficiency solar cells for large-scale solar energy production. ... Illumination of the perovskite samples produces a significant increase of charge carrier density in the perovskite layer due to the high extinction coefficient of organic–inorganic lead halide perovskite. ... The effect of electron- and hole-selective contacts in the final cell performance of hybrid lead halide perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, solar cells has been systematically analyzed by impedance spectroscopy. ...

Emilio J. Juarez-Perez; Rafael S. Sanchez; Laura Badia; Germá Garcia-Belmonte; Yong Soo Kang; Ivan Mora-Sero; Juan Bisquert

2014-06-23T23:59:59.000Z

175

Radiative cooling of solar cells  

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

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

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

176

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

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

Lin, Zhiqun

177

Dye Regeneration Kinetics in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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Nevertheless, the calculated diffusion limit provides a useful estimate of the maximum attainable regeneration rate. ... Design of Organic Dyes and Cobalt Polypyridine Redox Mediators for High-Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells ... cells are discussed, considering the high photovoltaic efficiencies obtained for devices employing Ru bipyridyl sensitizer dyes in combination with iodide/tri-iodide based redox electrolytes. ...

Torben Daeneke; Attila J. Mozer; Yu Uemura; Satoshi Makuta; Monika Fekete; Yasuhiro Tachibana; Nagatoshi Koumura; Udo Bach; Leone Spiccia

2012-09-27T23:59:59.000Z

178

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

179

Thermal Management of Solar Cells  

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

Saadah, Mohammed Ahmed

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

180

Solar cell array interconnects  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

1995-11-14T23:59:59.000Z

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Organic solar cell optimizations  

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

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

2005-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

182

Photovoltaic solar cell  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

2013-11-26T23:59:59.000Z

183

Photovoltaic solar cell  

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

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

2014-05-20T23:59:59.000Z

184

NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL  

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

Phuyal, Dibya

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

185

Thin silicon solar cells  

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

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

1992-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

186

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

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

187

Nanoscale Charge Transport in Excitonic Solar Cells  

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

Venkat Bommisetty, South Dakota State University

2011-06-23T23:59:59.000Z

188

Improved high-efficiency silicon concentrator cells for medium concentration applications  

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This report describes efforts toward design simplification of Si concentrator cells capable of efficiencies in the 25-30% range. A discussion is given on the principal issues involved in the design and fabrication of both backside-contact cells and cells with frontside grids. Several proposed designs are detailed. Results include 23% two-sided 1.5625 cm/sup 2/ cells operating at 14 W/cm/sup 2/ of incident power. This simple design requires only one mask alignment and should approach 25% with further development. With an additional alignment, cells that are 27% efficient are feasible. Neither of these designs will require prismatic cover glasses to achieve this performance. In addition, a new backside contact cell design is described that requires only one mask and no alignments. Cells of this type were demonstrated to be 15.4% efficient at 4 W/cm/sup 2/, without AR coatings or texturization. Fundamental studies of the limiting parameters indicate that the design will exceed 25% in efficiency when fully developed. Finally, a new light-trapping scheme is proposed which could have the effect of increasing the attainable efficiencies of silicon concentrator cells to 32-33%. This same scheme might also be utilized in ways which would allow very simple low-cost cell designs to achieve results comparable to the best cells demonstrated to date. Assorted other practically-oriented results on metalization development, cell mounting, and qualification tests are also presented. 26 refs., 31 figs.

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

1989-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

189

High-Efficiency Low-Cost Solar Receiver for Use in a Supercritical CO2 Recompression Cycle  

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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.

190

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.

191

Broad spectrum solar cell  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

2007-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

192

Demonstration of a high-efficiency steam reformer for fuel cell power plant applications  

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Full-scale tests of a new modular steam reformer confirm its suitability for a wide range of fuel cell power plant applications. This new fuel processor offers interested utilities excellent performance, operating flexibility, reliability, and maintainability.

Udengaard, N.R.; Christiansen, L.J.; Summers, W.A.

1987-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

193

Fuel Processing for High-Temperature High-Efficiency Fuel Cells  

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With commonly available fuels such as natural gas, only the high-temperature fuel cells MCFC and SOFC have reached electrical efficiencies of ?50% lower heating value (LHV). ... A high electrical efficiency of 60% has recently been demonstrated in a stationary field test system by Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd. with a 2 kW(electrical) unit fueled by natural gas using DIR as fuel processing option. ... Some catalyst manufacturers supply their catalysts in the reduced and stabilized state at a premium price. ...

Khaliq Ahmed; Karl Föger

2010-07-15T23:59:59.000Z

194

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

195

High Efficiency Direct Carbon and Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Fossil Fuel Power Generation  

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Hydrogen he1 cells have been under development for a number of years and are now nearing commercial applications. Direct carbon fuel cells, heretofore, have not reached practical stages of development because of problems in fuel reactivity and cell configuration. The carbon/air fuel cell reaction (C + O{sub 2} = CO{sub 2}) has the advantage of having a nearly zero entropy change. This allows a theoretical efficiency of 100 % at 700-800 C. The activities of the C fuel and CO{sub 2} product do not change during consumption of the fuel. Consequently, the EMF is invariant; this raises the possibility of 100% fuel utilization in a single pass. (In contrast, the high-temperature hydrogen fuel cell has a theoretical efficiency of and changes in fuel activity limit practical utilizations to 75-85%.) A direct carbon fuel cell is currently being developed that utilizes reactive carbon particulates wetted by a molten carbonate electrolyte. Pure COZ is evolved at the anode and oxygen from air is consumed at the cathode. Electrochemical data is reported here for the carbon/air cell utilizing carbons derived from he1 oil pyrolysis, purified coal, purified bio-char and petroleum coke. At 800 O C, a voltage efficiency of 80% was measured at power densities of 0.5-1 kW/m2. Carbon and hydrogen fuels may be produced simultaneously at lugh efficiency from: (1) natural gas, by thermal decomposition, (2) petroleum, by coking or pyrolysis of distillates, (3) coal, by sequential hydrogasification to methane and thermal pyrolysis of the methane, with recycle of the hydrogen, and (4) biomass, similarly by sequential hydrogenation and thermal pyrolysis. Fuel production data may be combined with direct C and H2 fuel cell operating data for power cycle estimates. Thermal to electric efficiencies indicate 80% HHV [85% LHV] for petroleum, 75.5% HHV [83.4% LHV] for natural gas and 68.3% HHV [70.8% LHV] for lignite coal. Possible benefits of integrated carbon and hydrogen fuel cell power generation cycles are: (1) increased efficiency by a factor of up to 2 over many conventional fossil fuel steam plants, (2) reduced power generation cost, especially for increasing fossil fuel cost, (3) reduced CO2 emission per kWh, and (4) direct sequestration or reuse (e.g., in enhanced oil or NG recovery) of the CO{sub 2} product.

Steinberg, M; Cooper, J F; Cherepy, N

2002-01-02T23:59:59.000Z

196

Monolithic tandem solar cell  

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

Wanlass, M.W.

1989-11-03T23:59:59.000Z

197

High Efficiency Spectrum Splitting Prototype Submodule Using Commercial CPV Cells (Presentation)  

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This presentation summarizes progress on the design, fabrication and testing of a proof-of-concept, prototype spectrum splitting CPV submodule using commercial CPV cells, aimed at demonstrating an independently confirmed efficiency above 40% at STC (1000 W/m2, AM1.5D ASTM G173-03, 25 degrees C).

Keevers, M.; Lau, J.; Green, M.; Thomas, I.; Lasich, J.; King, R.; Emery, K.

2014-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

198

High efficiency direct fuel cell hybrid power cycle for near term application  

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Direct carbonate fuel cells being developed by Energy Research Corporation can generate power at an efficiency approaching 60% LHV. This unique fuel cell technology can consume natural gas and other hydrocarbon based fuels directly without requiring an external reformer, thus providing a simpler and inherently efficient power generation system. A 2 MW power plant demonstration of this technology has been initiated at an installation in the city of Santa Clara in California. A 2.85 MW commercial configuration shown in Figure 1 is presently being developed. The complete plant includes the carbonate fuel cell modules, an inverter, transformer and switchgear, a heat recovery unit and supporting instrument air and water treatment systems. The emission levels for this 2.85 MW plant are projected to be orders of magnitude below existing or proposed standards. The 30 year levelized cost of electricity, without inflation, is projected to be approximately 5{cents}/kW-h assuming capital cost for the carbonate fuel cell system of $1000/kW.

Steinfeld, G.; Maru, H.C. [Energy Research Corp., Danbury, CT (United States); Sanderson, R.A. [Fuel Cell Systems Consultant, Wethersfield, CT (United States)

1996-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

199

Monolithic tandem solar cell  

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

Wanlass, M.W.

1991-05-28T23:59:59.000Z

200

Efficiency improvement of silicon nanostructure-based solar cells  

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Solar cells based on a high-efficiency silicon nanostructure (SNS) were developed using a two-step metal-assisted electroless etching (MAEE) technique, phosphorus silicate glass (PSG) doping and screen printing. This process was used to produce solar cells with a silver nitrate (AgNO3) etching solution in different concentrations. Compared to cells produced using the single MAEE technique, SNS-based solar cells produced with the two-step MAEE technique showed an increase in silicon surface coverage of ~181.1% and a decrease in reflectivity of ~144.3%. The performance of the SNS-based solar cells was found to be optimized (~11.86%) in an SNS with a length of ~300 nm, an aspect ratio of ~5, surface coverage of ~84.9% and a reflectivity of ~6.1%. The ~16.8% increase in power conversion efficiency (PCE) for the SNS-based solar cell indicates good potential for mass production.

Bohr-Ran Huang; Ying-Kan Yang; Wen-Luh Yang

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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SunShot Initiative: Development and Productization of High-Efficiency,  

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Development and Productization of Development and Productization of High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Building-Integrated PV Shingles Using Monocrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells to someone by E-mail Share SunShot Initiative: Development and Productization of High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Building-Integrated PV Shingles Using Monocrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells on Facebook Tweet about SunShot Initiative: Development and Productization of High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Building-Integrated PV Shingles Using Monocrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells on Twitter Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Development and Productization of High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Building-Integrated PV Shingles Using Monocrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells on Google Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Development and Productization of

202

Current- and lattice-matched tandem solar cell  

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

Olson, J.M.

1985-10-21T23:59:59.000Z

203

Endurance testing of a high-efficiency steam reformer for fuel cell power plants: Final report  

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This final report documents the results from demonstration and endurance tests, conducted in 1987 and 1988, of the Haldor Topsoe Heat Exchange Reformer. The primary objectives of this EPRI project were to develop, test and verify fuel processing components suitable for use in a Westinghouse Electric Corporation 7.5-MW phosphoric acid fuel cell power plant. EPRI's project is part of a larger national program sponsored by the Department of Energy to develop the technology and systems which are technically and economically viable for electric utility power generation applications. 26 figs., 11 tabs.

Udengaard, N.R.; Christiansen, L.J.; Summers, W.A.

1988-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

204

Meteorological Effects on Solar Cells  

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

1977-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

205

Organic Solar Cells — A Survey  

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

Dieter Bonnet; Jürgen Volkheimer

1991-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

206

Solar Cell Simulation  

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

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MORE POLYSILICON FOR SOLAR CELLS  

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

MELODY VOITH

2010-12-20T23:59:59.000Z

208

uel cells are attractive alternatives to combustion engines for electri-cal-power generation because of their very high efficiencies and low  

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in the hydrogen supply. Carbon monoxide, in turn, is extremely detrimental to the catalysts in the fuel-cell anode (PEM) fuel cells to ~140°C, at which tem- perature the catalyst is tolerant to several 100 parts per because of their very high efficiencies and low pollution levels. Like a combustion engine, a fuel cell

Haile, Sossina M.

209

Meteorological Effects on Solar Cells  

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

1977-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

210

EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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

Kaiser, Todd J.

211

Thermodynamic Limits of Solar Cell Efficiency  

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

Würfel, Peter

212

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

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

Romeo, Alessandro

213

Bilevel contact solar cells  

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

Sinton, R.A.

1991-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

214

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

215

Superlattice cascade solar cell  

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

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

1982-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

216

Hafnium nitride for hot carrier solar cells  

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Abstract Hot carrier solar cells is an attractive technology with the potential of reaching high energy conversion efficiencies approaching the thermodynamic limit of infinitely stacked multi-junction solar cells: 65% under one sun and 86% under maximally concentrated. The hot carrier solar cell is conceptually simple consisting of two key components: absorber and energy selective contacts. High efficiencies are achieved by minimising the energy lost to thermalisaton of hot photo-generated carriers while absorbing majority of the solar spectrum. For this to be achieved, energy selective contacts are required to allow the extraction of carriers fast enough at an energy level above the electronic band edge. It is critical for the absorber to be able to maintain a hot carrier population for a sufficiently long time period for the extraction of carriers while they are ‘hot’. Bulk materials with a large gap between acoustic and optical branches in the phonon dispersion are predicted to exhibit slow hot carrier thermalisation rates. Hafnium nitride is such a material with a large gap in its phonon dispersion and is identified as a potential material to be used as a hot carrier absorber. Hafnium nitride has been deposited using reactive sputtering and characterised to investigate material properties and carrier cooling rates.

Simon Chung; Santosh Shrestha; Xiaoming Wen; Yu Feng; Neeti Gupta; Hongze Xia; Pyng Yu; Jau Tang; Gavin Conibeer

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

217

Three dimensional amorphous silicon/microcrystalline silicon solar cells  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

Kaschmitter, J.L.

1996-07-23T23:59:59.000Z

218

Recent advances in III-V on Si integration for high-efficiency,  

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. Iso-efficiency contour plots of ideal series-connected two-junction solar cell with an function of topRecent advances in III-V on Si integration for high-efficiency, low cost MJ cells Minjoo Larry Lee Department of Electrical Engineering Yale University Solar Workshop: Terawatt Challenge!!? UD Energy

Firestone, Jeremy

219

Flow-Through Microfluidic Device for High-Efficiency Transfection of Mammalian Cells through Combined Microelectroporation and Sonoporation  

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In this study we are presenting a proof-of-concept microfluidic device that simultaneously applies the conditions required for microelectroporation and micro-sonoporation in a flow-through fashion that allows for high throughput, high efficiency...

Longsine, Whitney Leigh

2012-07-16T23:59:59.000Z

220

Metal-Cluster-Sensitized Solar Cells. A New Class of Thiolated Gold Sensitizers Delivering Efficiency Greater Than 2%  

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A New Class of Thiolated Gold Sensitizers Delivering Efficiency Greater Than 2% ... A new class of metal-cluster sensitizers has been explored for designing high-efficiency solar cells. ... layers, suggesting that even greater photocurrent enhancements may be achievable. ...

Yong-Siou Chen; Hyunbong Choi; Prashant V. Kamat

2013-05-29T23:59:59.000Z

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Monolithic tandem solar cell  

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

Wanlass, M.W.

1994-06-21T23:59:59.000Z

222

Introduction to Organic Solar Cells  

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

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

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

223

Thermal Management of Solar Cells.  

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

Saadah, Mohammed Ahmed

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

224

Heterojunction Silicon Microwire Solar Cells  

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

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

2012-11-21T23:59:59.000Z

225

Tandem Polymer Solar Cells Featuring a Spectrally Matched Low-Bandgap Polymer  

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Tandem solar cells provide an effective way to harvest a broader spectrum of solar radiation by combining two or more solar cells with different absorption bands. However, for polymer solar cells, the performance of tandem devices lags behind single-layer solar cells mainly due to the lack of a suitable low-bandgap polymer. Here, we demonstrate highly efficient single and tandem polymer solar cells featuring a low-bandgap conjugated polymer (PBDTT-DPP: bandgap, {approx}1.44 eV). A single-layer device based on the polymer provides a power conversion efficiency of {approx}6%. When the polymer is applied to tandem solar cells, a power conversion efficiency of 8.62% is achieved, which is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest certified efficiency for a polymer solar cell to date.

Dou, L.; You, J.; Yang, J.; Chen, C. C.; He, Y.; Murase, S.; Moriarty, T.; Emery, K.; Li, G.; Yang, Y.

2012-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

226

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

227

Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells  

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and  characterization of organic solar cells.  Advanced D, Meissner D.  Organic Solar?Cells.  Advanced Materials.  tin  oxide  for  organic solar cell.  Electr Eng Jpn.  2006 

Yengel, Emre

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

228

Basic studies of III-V high-efficiency cell components: Annual subcontract report, 15 August 1985-14 August 1986  

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This report documents research on the fabrication and photovoltaic characterization of the basic building blocks of III-V cells: the pn junction, the pn heterojunction, the isotype (p-p and n-n) heterojunction, and graded-gap semiconductors. The goal of the project is to maximize cell performance by characterizing the electrical properties of high-efficiency cell components. Other goals are to demonstrate new cell structures fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), develop measurement techniques, and characterize methodologies. This work should help identify paths toward higher efficiency III-V cells.

Lundstrom, M S; Melloch, M R; Kyono, C S; McMahon, C P; Noren, R E; Rancour, D P

1987-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

229

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

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

Romeo, Alessandro

230

A Sunny Outlook for Solar Cells  

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

BILL N. BARON

1987-01-19T23:59:59.000Z

231

ELECTROSPUN POLYMER-FIBER SOLAR CELL.  

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

Nagata, Shinobu

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

232

Hybrid Silicon Nanocone–Polymer Solar Cells  

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

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

2012-04-30T23:59:59.000Z

233

Biomimetic Dye Molecules for Solar Cells  

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

234

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

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

Leow, Shin Woei

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

235

Optimized Designs and Materials for Nanostructure Based Solar Cells  

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

Shao, Qinghui

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

236

High Efficiency Solar Cells Based on Spontaneous Emission Inhibition in Photonic Crystals  

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The design of a photonic crystal photovoltaic device is described. We discuss the feasibility of demonstrating that inhibition of spontaneous emission can be used to increase the...

Ellis, Bryan C; Sarmiento, Tomas; Harris, James; Vuckovic, Jelena

237

High Efficiency, Spectrum Splitting Solar Cell Assemblies: Design, Measurement and Analysis  

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A spectrum splitting photovoltaic architecture was proposed for high energy conversion efficiency. Assemblies of this architecture were constructed, measured and analyzed, which allow...

Barnett, Allen; Wang, Xiaoting

238

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

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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

239

High Efficiency CdTe Ink-Based Solar Cells Using Nanocrystals...  

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width was obtained using a superstrate configuration, with a sol-gel ZnO:In heterojunction (see figure). Based on the spectral response, larger open-circuit voltage, and...

240

Low-Cost High-Efficiency Solar Cells with Wafer Bonding and Plasmonic Technologies  

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First of all, I would like to thank my thesis adviser Harry Atwater for his great mentorship and guidance over the years. While he is an extremely busy professor holding about twenty students in his research group and a lot of domestic and international travels for seminars and conferences, he never hesitated to discuss with me when I knocked on his office’s door. Our discussion often went over 1 hour in his tight schedule, but he did not stop until we reached clear conclusions and decided what to do next. While he always tries to find the most effective way for experimental scheme, Harry one day told me that we engineers should always assume possible to fabricate whatever structure possible when I showed a hesitation for doing a complicated process, which preach is still and will be in my mind. It was also a great pleasure for me to work with the excellent members in the Atwater

Katsuaki Tanabe; Katsuaki Tanabe

2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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241

Forming high efficiency silicon solar cells using density-graded anti-reflection surfaces  

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A method (50) is provided for processing a graded-density AR silicon surface (14) to provide effective surface passivation. The method (50) includes positioning a substrate or wafer (12) with a silicon surface (14) in a reaction or processing chamber (42). The silicon surface (14) has been processed (52) to be an AR surface with a density gradient or region of black silicon. The method (50) continues with heating (54) the chamber (42) to a high temperature for both doping and surface passivation. The method (50) includes forming (58), with a dopant-containing precursor in contact with the silicon surface (14) of the substrate (12), an emitter junction (16) proximate to the silicon surface (14) by doping the substrate (12). The method (50) further includes, while the chamber is maintained at the high or raised temperature, forming (62) a passivation layer (19) on the graded-density silicon anti-reflection surface (14).

Yuan, Hao-Chih; Branz, Howard M.; Page, Matthew R.

2014-09-09T23:59:59.000Z

242

Module level solutions to solar cell polarization  

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

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

2012-05-29T23:59:59.000Z

243

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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Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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

Jan Kroon; Andreas Hinsch

2003-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

245

Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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

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Solar Cells Using Quantum Funnels  

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

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

2011-08-09T23:59:59.000Z

247

Solar cell with back side contacts  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

2013-12-24T23:59:59.000Z

248

EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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

Kaiser, Todd J.

249

Silicon solar cells: state of the art  

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

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Nanocrystal Solar Cells  

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

Gur, Ilan

2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Elongated nanostructures for radial junction solar cells  

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

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

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Polymer solar cells  

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

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

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

Lin, Hao

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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TOPCAT Solar Cell Alignment & Energy Concentration Technology...  

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

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Solar-Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles  

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

DeLuchi, Mark A.; Ogden, Joan M.

1993-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Anomalous Hysteresis in Perovskite Solar Cells  

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

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

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

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

Schiff, Eric A.

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California: TetraCell Silicon Solar Cell Improves Efficiency...  

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

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

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

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Oligo and Poly-thiophene/Zno Hybrid Nanowire Solar Cells  

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

Briseno, Alejandro L.

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Highly Mismatched Alloys for Intermediate Band Solar Cells  

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

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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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Development of concentrator solar cells  

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

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

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

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

1995-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Novel High Efficiency Photovoltaic Devices Based on the III-N Material System: Final Technical Report, 7 December 2005 - 29 August 2008  

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The research shows that InGaN material system can be used to realize high-efficiency solar cells, making contributions to growth, modeling, understanding of loss mechanisms, and process optimization.

Hornsberg, C.; Doolittle, W. A.; Ferguson, I.

2008-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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17 - Organic solar cells (OSCs)  

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

M. Hösel; D. Angmo; F.C. Krebs

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

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

Takashi Jimbo; Tetsuo Soga; Yasuhiko Hayashi

2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High efficiency incandescent lighting  

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Incandescent lighting structure. The structure includes a thermal emitter that can, but does not have to, include a first photonic crystal on its surface to tailor thermal emission coupled to, in a high-view-factor geometry, a second photonic filter selected to reflect infrared radiation back to the emitter while passing visible light. This structure is highly efficient as compared to standard incandescent light bulbs.

Bermel, Peter; Ilic, Ognjen; Chan, Walker R.; Musabeyoglu, Ahmet; Cukierman, Aviv Ruben; Harradon, Michael Robert; Celanovic, Ivan; Soljacic, Marin

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Solar tree”: Exploring new form factors of organic solar cells  

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

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

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Photon Management in Thin Film Solar Cells  

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

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

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A Solid Solar-Cell Solution  

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

MITCH JACOBY

2012-06-11T23:59:59.000Z

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20% efficiency silicon solar cells  

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Further improvements in crystalline silicon solar cell performance have been obtained by combining the high levels of surface recombination control demonstrated in earlier passivated emitter solar cells with an improved optical approach. This approach involves the use of microgrooved surfaces which retain the advantages of pyramidally textured surfaces while avoiding some disadvantages of the latter. The approach results in a 5–6% improvement in cell short?circuit current density for cells fabricated on 0.1 and 0.2 ??cm (?p type) substrates. This results in an energy conversion efficiency for these devices above 20% under standard terrestrial test conditions (AM1.5 100 mW/cm2) for the first time.

A. W. Blakers; M. A. Green

1986-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

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2012-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

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EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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

Kaiser, Todd J.

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Present status of solid state photoelectrochemical solar cells and dye sensitized solar cells using PEO-based polymer electrolytes  

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Due to energy crises in the future, much effort is being directed towards alternate sources. Solar energy is accepted as a novel substitute for conventional sources of energy. Out of the long list of various types of solar cells available on the market, solid state photoelectrochemical solar cells (SSPECs) and dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are proposed as an alternative to costly crystalline solar cell. This review provides a common platform for SSPECs and DSSCs using polymer electrolyte, particularly on polyethylene oxide (PEO)-based polymer electrolytes. Due to numerous advantageous properties of PEO, it is frequently used as an electrolyte in both SSPECs as well as DSSCs. In DSSCs, so far high efficiency (more than 11%) has been obtained only by using volatile liquid electrolyte, which suffers many disadvantages, such as corrosion, leakage and evaporation. The PEO-based solid polymer proves its importance and could be used to solve the problems stated above. The recent developments in SSPECs and DSSCs using modified PEO electrolytes by adding nano size inorganic fillers, blending with low molecular weight polymers and ionic liquid (IL) are discussed in detail. The role of ionic liquid in modifying the electrical, structural and photoelectrochemical properties of PEO polymer electrolytes is also described.

Pramod Kumar Singh; R K Nagarale; S P Pandey; H W Rhee; Bhaskar Bhattacharya

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

Leow, Shin Woei

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Review of Back Contact Silicon Solar Cells for Low-Cost Application  

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Back contact solar cells hold significant promise for increased performance in photovoltaics for the near future. Two major advantages which these cells possess are a lack of grid shading loss and coplanar interconnection. Front contacted cells can have up to 10% shading loss when using screen printed metal grids. A front contact cell must also use solder connections which run from the front of one cell to the back of the next for series interconnection. This procedure is more difficult to automate than the case of co-planar contacts. The back contact cell design is not a recent concept. The earliest silicon solar cell developed by Bell Labs was a back contact device. There have been many design modifications to the basic concept over the years. To name a few, there is the Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) cell, the Stanford Point contact solar cell, the Emitter Wrap Through (EWT), and its many variations. A number of these design concepts have demonstrated high efficiency. The SunPower back contact solar cell holds the efficiency record for silicon concentrator cells. The challenge is to produce a high efficiency cell at low cost using high throughput techniques. This has yet to be achieved with a back contact cell design. The focus of this paper will be to review the relevant features of back contact cells and progress made toward the goal of a low cost version of this device.

Smith, David D.

1999-08-04T23:59:59.000Z

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Decohesion Kinetics in Polymer Organic Solar Cells  

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

Christopher Bruner; Fernando Novoa; Stephanie Dupont; Reinhold Dauskardt

2014-11-04T23:59:59.000Z

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EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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

Kaiser, Todd J.

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EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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

Kaiser, Todd J.

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Influence of the Position of the Side Chain on Crystallization and Solar Cell Performance of DPP-Based Small Molecules  

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Three isomeric ?-conjugated molecules based on diketopyrrolopyrrole and bithiophene (DPP2T) substituted with hexyl side chains in different positions are investigated for use in solution-processed organic solar cells. ... Solution-processed organic photovoltaic cells are considered to be a viable option in meeting the future global energy demand when high efficiencies can be combined with fast printing production techniques. ... solar cell based on merocyanine dyes - traditional colorants that can easily be mass-produced and purified - is presented. ...

Veronique S. Gevaerts; Eva M. Herzig; Mindaugas Kirkus; Koen H. Hendriks; Martijn M. Wienk; Jan Perlich; Peter Müller-Buschbaum; René A. J. Janssen

2013-12-12T23:59:59.000Z

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Ordered Hierarchical Nanostructured Carbon as a Highly Efficient Cathode Catalyst Support in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell  

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Ordered hierarchical nanostructured carbon (OHNC) has been fabricated through inverse replication of silica template and explored for the first time to support high loading of Pt nanoparticles as cathode catalyst in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC). ... Ordered porous carbon materials with three-dimensionally interconnected pore structures and highly developed porosity have a variety of potential applications such as catalyst supports in low temperature fuel cells,(1, 2) electrode materials for electric double-layer capacitors(3, 4) and for lithium ion batteries,(5) adsorbents, and hydrogen storage materials. ... Carbon black Vulcan XC-72 (VC) is widely used as an electrocatalyst support in the PEMFCs due to its relatively large surface area and excellent chemical stability in the fuel cell environment. ...

Baizeng Fang; Jung Ho Kim; Minsik Kim; Jong-Sung Yu

2009-02-04T23:59:59.000Z

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Optimized Designs and Materials for Nanostructure Based Solar Cells  

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

Shao, Qinghui

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Monolayer MoS2 Heterojunction Solar Cells  

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

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

2014-07-21T23:59:59.000Z

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Ames Lab 101: Improving Solar Cell Efficiency  

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

Biswas, Rana

2012-08-29T23:59:59.000Z

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Ames Lab 101: Improving Solar Cell Efficiency  

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

Biswas, Rana

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

287

Method for fabricating silicon cells  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

A process is described for making high-efficiency solar cells. This is accomplished by forming a diffusion junction and a passivating oxide layer in a single high-temperature process step. The invention includes the class of solar cells made using this process, including high-efficiency solar cells made using Czochralski-grown silicon. 9 figs.

Ruby, D.S.; Basore, P.A.; Schubert, W.K.

1998-08-11T23:59:59.000Z

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Development and Demonstration of a New Generation High Efficiency 10kW Stationary Fuel Cell System  

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The overall project objective is to develop and demonstrate a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell combined heat and power (PEMFC CHP) system that provides the foundation for commercial, mass produced units which achieve over 40% electrical efficiency (fuel to electric conversion) from 50-100% load, greater than 70% overall efficiency (fuel to electric energy + usable waste heat energy conversion), have the potential to achieve 40,000 hours durability on all major process components, and can be produced in high volumes at under $400/kW (revised to $750/kW per 2011 DOE estimates) capital cost.

Howell, Thomas Russell

2013-04-30T23:59:59.000Z

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A Path to High-Concentration Luminescent Solar Concentrators  

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and Impact LSCs enable non-tracking concentration of both direct sunlight and diffuse light onto high- efficiency solar cells, and our work predicts unprecendented levels of...

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Solar cells Improved Hybrid Solar Cells via in situ UV Polymerization  

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

Sibener, Steven

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An Introduction to Solar Cells  

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

Bernard J. Feldman

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Material and Device Analysis for Efficiency Improvement in Epitaxial Crystalline Solar Cells: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-11-433  

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Crystal Solar has a novel approach for producing low-cost, monocrystalline silicon wafers that are capable of yielding high-efficiency solar cells. The approach involves epitaxial growth of the substrate and a proprietary lift-off technology. Crystal Solar will send selected wafers and cells to NREL for characterization and analyses. NREL will apply a variety of techniques to help identify mechanism(s) that limit the cell efficiency and suggest suitable approaches for mitigation.

Sopori, B.

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Very high efficiency photovoltaic cells based on fully organic multiple quantum wells. Quarterly technical progress report, 15 February 1995--15 May 1995  

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The principal project objective is to demonstrate relatively high solar conversion efficiency using extremely low-cost, thin-film technology based on crystalline organic multiple quantum well (MQW) photovoltaic cells. The authors base their work on recent observations both in the laboratory and elsewhere that have indicated the quantum efficiency of organic photoconductors based on vacuum-deposited thin films can be increased by at least two orders of magnitude (to at least 10%) if the organic films are grown in a highly ordered manner, and if organic multiple quantum wells are used in the absorption region. The authors are investigating the physical origin of this phenomenon, and they are growing thin-film MQW cells that demonstrate relatively high quantum efficiencies to determine the practicality of crystalline organic thin-film cells for solar power applications. The investigations are based on a unique, ultrahigh-vacuum organic molecular beam deposition system in the laboratory.

Forrest, S.R. [Princeton Univ., NJ (United States)] [Princeton Univ., NJ (United States)

1997-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Spectral sensitization of nanocrystalline solar cells  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

295

Three-junction solar cell  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

Ludowise, Michael J. (Cupertino, CA)

1986-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Design Rules for Efficient Organic Solar Cells  

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

Z. Zhu; D. Mühlbacher; M. Morana; M. Koppe…

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

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

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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IEEE JOURNAL OF PHOTOVOLTAICS, VOL. 1, NO. 1, JULY 2011 49 High Efficiency n-Type Emitter-Wrap-Through  

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, Verena Mertens, Stefan Bordihn, Christina Peters, and J¨org W. M¨uller Abstract--In the ALBA-II project, Emmerthal, Germany, are developing high-efficiency emitter-wrap-through (EWT) solar cells on n-type silicon cell development as it offers high bulk carrier lifetimes. The EWT device structure allows us to em

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

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

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

2013-12-23T23:59:59.000Z

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Advanced Materials and Nano Technology for Solar Cells  

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

Han, Tao

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar Cell Modules With Improved Backskin  

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

Gonsiorawski, Ronald C. (Danvers, MA)

2003-12-09T23:59:59.000Z

302

Bypass diode for a solar cell  

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

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

2012-03-13T23:59:59.000Z

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Improved monolithic tandem solar cell  

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

Wanlass, M.W.

1991-04-23T23:59:59.000Z

304

Improved Contact Design Methodology for Solar Cells  

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

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

305

Optical Biasing Effects on Multijunction Solar Cells  

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

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

306

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

307

Organic Solar Cells and Their Nanostructural Improvement  

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

Serap Günes

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

308

Light Management Toward Efficient Organic Solar Cells  

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

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

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Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells.  

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

Yengel, Emre

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Optical Optimization of Organic Solar Cells  

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

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

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Efficient Polymer Solar Cells - Energy Innovation Portal  

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

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Front contact solar cell with formed emitter  

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

Cousins, Peter John

2014-11-04T23:59:59.000Z

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Front contact solar cell with formed emitter  

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

Cousins, Peter John (Menlo Park, CA)

2012-07-17T23:59:59.000Z

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Experimental solar cells on the SUNSAT microsatellite  

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

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

1997-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

315

Method for processing silicon solar cells  

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

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

1997-05-06T23:59:59.000Z

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III-nitride core–shell nanowire arrayed solar cells  

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

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

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

Reusswig, Philip David

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High Efficiency Engine Systems Development and Evaluation | Department...  

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High Efficiency Engine Systems Development and Evaluation 2011 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program, and Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation...

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Design of cascaded low cost solar cell with CuO substrate  

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For many years the main focus of R and D in solar cells was the development of high-efficiency solar convertors. However with solar technology beginning to be a part of national grids and stand-alone power supplies for variety of individual customers, the emphasis has changed, namely, the cost per kilowatt- hour (kW-hr) started to be an important figure of merit. Although Si does dominate the market of solar convertors, this material has total cost of kilowatt-hour much higher than what the power grid is providing presently to customers. It is well known that the cost of raw semiconductor material is a major factor in formulation of the final cost of a solar cell. That motivated us to search and design a novel solar cell using cheap materials. The new p-i-n solar cell consists of hetero-structure cascade of materials with step by step decreasing energy gap. Since the lattice constant of these three materials do differ not more than 2%, the more expensive epitaxial fabrication methods can be used as well. It should be emphasized that designed solar cell is not a cascade of three solar cells connected in series. Our market study shows that Si solar panel which costs $250–400 / m{sup 2} leads to a cost of $0.12–0.30 / kW-hr. To the contrary, CuO based solar cells with Cadmium compounds on top, would cost $100 / m{sup 2}. This will allow the novel solar cell to produce electricity at a cost of $0.06–0.08 / kW-hr.

Samson, Mil'shtein; Anup, Pillai; Shiv, Sharma; Garo, Yessayan [Advanced Electronic Technology Center, ECE Dept., University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA-01851 (United States)

2013-12-04T23:59:59.000Z

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Fabrication of heterojunction solar cells by improved tin oxide deposition on insulating layer  

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Highly efficient tin oxide-silicon heterojunction solar cells are prepared by heating a silicon substrate, having an insulating layer thereon, to provide a substrate temperature in the range of about 300.degree. C. to about 400.degree. C. and thereafter spraying the so-heated substrate with a solution of tin tetrachloride in a organic ester boiling below about 250.degree. C. Preferably the insulating layer is naturally grown silicon oxide layer.

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

1980-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Intermolecular Interactions in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: A Computational Modeling Perspective  

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(10-14) Fully organic sensitizers have been developed as metal-free dyes because of their increased molar extinction coefficient, compared to Ru(II) dyes, spectral tunability, and reduced environmental impact. ... The advantage of this new generation of solar cells is that they can be produced at low cost, i.e., potentially generated a high-efficiency (20-30% quantum efficiency) cathodic photocurrent and a significant photovoltaic effect in reversible Fe2+/Fe3+ redox soln. ...

Mariachiara Pastore; Filippo De Angelis

2013-02-28T23:59:59.000Z

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Final Report: Sintered CZTS Nanoparticle Solar Cells on Metal Foil; July 26, 2011 - July 25, 2012  

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This is the final report covering 12 months of this subcontract for research on high-efficiency copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS)-based thin-film solar cells on flexible metal foil. Each of the first three quarters of the subcontract has been detailed in quarterly reports. In this final report highlights of the first three quarters will be provided and details will be given of the final quarter of the subcontract.

Leidholm, C.; Hotz, C.; Breeze, A.; Sunderland, C.; Ki, W.; Zehnder, D.

2012-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Quantum Junction Solar Cells Jiang Tang,,  

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

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Photovoltaics: Cheap, colourful solar cells  

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

2013-04-17T23:59:59.000Z

325

Engineering the Electronic Band Structure for Multiband Solar Cells  

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

Lopez, N.

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Oligo and Poly-thiophene/Zno Hybrid Nanowire Solar Cells  

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

Briseno, Alejandro L.

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

327

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

328

Nanowire-based All Oxide Solar Cells  

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

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

2008-12-07T23:59:59.000Z

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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

330

Advanced Materials and Nano Technology for Solar Cells  

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

Han, Tao

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

331

Coating for Silicon Solar Cell by Using Silvaco Software  

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

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

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Advanced Materials and Nano Technology for Solar Cells  

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

Han, Tao

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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New Morphological Paradigm Uncovered in Organic Solar Cells  

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

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Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells  

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

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New Morphological Paradigm Uncovered in Organic Solar Cells  

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

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Silicon point contact concentrator solar cells  

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

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

1985-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

338

Dye?sensitized Solar Cells for Solar Energy Harvesting  

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

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

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

339

SunShot Initiative: Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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

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High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters  

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High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filters High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filters Home Standards DOE Workshops Nuclear Air Cleaning Conference Proceedings Qualified Filter List News Items Related Sites HEPA Related Lessons Learned Contact Us HSS Logo High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters The HEPA Filter web site provides a forum for informing and reporting department-wide activities related to filtration and ventilation issues with special reference to the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filters' use, inspection, and testing. This site contains essentials of DOE HEPA filter test program, procedures, requirements and quality assurance aspects applicable to HEPA filters used in DOE facilities. This site contains information about the DOE-accepted Filter Test Facility and its management, operation and quality assuranceprogram.

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341

Nickel-Cathoded Perovskite Solar Cells  

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

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

2014-10-22T23:59:59.000Z

342

Bypass diode for a solar cell  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

2013-11-12T23:59:59.000Z

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LQ Energy LDK Solar Q Cells JV | Open Energy Information  

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

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Indium oxide/n-silicon heterojunction solar cells  

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

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

1982-12-28T23:59:59.000Z

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Organic Solar Cells: An Overview Focusing on Active Layer Morphology  

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

Travis L. Benanti; D. Venkataraman

2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

346

Dye-sensitized solar cells  

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

Skotheim, Terje A. [Berkeley, CA

1980-03-04T23:59:59.000Z

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Dye-sensitized solar cells  

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

Skotheim, T.A.

1980-03-04T23:59:59.000Z

348

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

349

Modeling Light Trapping in Nanostructured Solar Cells  

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

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

2011-11-14T23:59:59.000Z

350

Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells  

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

Yengel, Emre

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

351

Application of lasers in solar cell technologies  

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

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

2012-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

352

Organic p-i-n solar cells  

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

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

2004-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

353

Enhanced Photon Recycling in Multijunction Solar Cells  

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

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Hybrid Silicon Nanocone-Polymer Solar Cells Sangmoo Jeong,  

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

Cui, Yi

355

Development efforts on silicon solar cells  

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

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

1992-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Recent progress in degradation and stabilization of organic solar cells  

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Stability is of paramount importance in organic semiconductor devices, especially in organic solar cells (OSCs). Serious degradation in air limits wide applications of these flexible, light-weight and low-cost power-generation devices. Studying the stability of organic solar cells will help us understand degradation mechanisms and further improve the stability of these devices. There are many investigations into the efficiency and stability of OSCs. The efficiency and stability of devices even of the same photoactive materials are scattered in different papers. In particular, the extrinsic degradation that mainly occurs near the interface between the organic layer and the cathode is a major stability concern. In the past few years, researchers have developed many new cathodes and cathode buffer layers, some of which have astonishingly improved the stability of OSCs. In this review article, we discuss the recent developments of these materials and summarize recent progresses in the study of the degradation/stability of OSCs, with emphasis on the extrinsic degradation/stability that is related to the intrusion of oxygen and water. The review provides detailed insight into the current status of research on the stability of OSCs and seeks to facilitate the development of highly-efficient OSCs with enhanced stability.

Cao, Huanqi; He, Weidong; Mao, Yiwu; Lin, Xiao; Ishikawa, Ken; Dickerson, James H.; Hess, Wayne P.

2014-10-15T23:59:59.000Z

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Cheap solar cells tempt businesses  

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

Richard Van Noorden

2014-09-24T23:59:59.000Z

358

Sandia National Laboratories: fuel-cell electric vehicle  

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fuel-cell electric vehicle High-Efficiency Solar Thermochemical Reactor for Hydrogen Production On July 9, 2014, in Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI),...

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NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL  

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

Phuyal, Dibya

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

360

Cheaper Silicon Found Effective for Solar Cells  

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

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High Rate Laser Pitting Technique for Solar Cell Texturing  

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

Hans J. Herfurth; Henrikki Pantsar

2013-01-10T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

Anderson, Timothy J.

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

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

Romeo, Alessandro

364

Laboratory experiments with silicon solar cells  

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

D. W. Kammer; M. A. Ludington

1977-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

365

Plastic Schottky-barrier solar cells  

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

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

1981-12-30T23:59:59.000Z

366

Improving Solar-Cell Efficiency  

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

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

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

368

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

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

Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

369

Investigating the efficiency of Silicon Solar cells at  

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

Attari, Shahzeen Z.

370

Liquid cooled, linear focus solar cell receiver  

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

Kirpich, Aaron S. (Broomall, PA)

1985-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

371

Liquid cooled, linear focus solar cell receiver  

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

Kirpich, A.S.

1983-12-08T23:59:59.000Z

372

Method of restoring degraded solar cells  

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

Staebler, D.L.

1983-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

373

Method of restoring degraded solar cells  

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

Staebler, David L. (Lawrenceville, NJ)

1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

374

Progress and future view of silicon space solar cells in Japan  

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The progress and the future of silicon (Si) space solar cells in Japan are reviewed. In 1994, two types of the high-efficiency silicon (HES) cells were developed: (1) NRS/LBSF cell; (2) NRS/BSF cell. The former shows the conversion efficiency of 18.0% (AM0, 28 C) at beginning-of-life (BOL), the latter shows superior radiation tolerance. In 1998, the radiation tolerance of the NRS/BSF cell was improved; moreover, the advanced high-efficiency silicon-1 (AHES-1) cell was accomplished. It shows 13.1% at end-of-life (EOL). The development has been proceeded to make the 13.7% EOL cell: AHES-2 cell. In 1994, the integrated bypass function (IBF), which prevents failures due to reverse biasing of cells, was proposed. The NRS/BSF cells with IBF have been used already on several satellites. The structures, performance, and radiation tolerances of these cells are introduced. New approaches for further improvement are proposed in the future view.

Suzuki, Akio; Kaneiwa, Minoru; Saga, Tatsuo; Matsuda, Sumio

1999-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

375

Parameters influencing the deposition of methylammonium lead halide iodide in hole conductor free perovskite-based solar cells  

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Perovskite is a promising light harvester for use in photovoltaic solar cells. In recent years, the power conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells has been dramatically increased, making them a competitive source of renewable energy. An important parameter when designing high efficiency perovskite-based solar cells is the perovskite deposition, which must be performed to create complete coverage and optimal film thickness. This paper describes an in-depth study on two-step deposition, separating the perovskite deposition into two precursors. The effects of spin velocity, annealing temperature, dipping time, and methylammonium iodide concentration on the photovoltaic performance are studied. Observations include that current density is affected by changing the spin velocity, while the fill factor changes mainly due to the dipping time and methylammonium iodide concentration. Interestingly, the open circuit voltage is almost unaffected by these parameters. Hole conductor free perovskite solar cells are used in this work, in order to minimize other possible effects. This study provides better understanding and control over the perovskite deposition through highly efficient, low-cost perovskite-based solar cells.

Cohen, Bat-El; Gamliel, Shany; Etgar, Lioz, E-mail: lioz.etgar@mail.huji.ac.il [Institute of Chemistry, Casali Center for Applied Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 90400 (Israel)

2014-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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A review on plasma-assisted VLS synthesis of silicon nanowires and radial junction solar cells  

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Incorporation of nanostructures is a recent trend in the photovoltaic community, aimed at improving light absorption and consequently cell efficiency. In this regard, semiconductor nanowires provide an attractive research platform for a new generation of cost-effective and efficient solar cells. Thanks to their unique geometry, silicon nanowires enhance light trapping and anti-reflection effects by means of multiple scattering between individual nanowires, and by coupling the light into confined eigenmodes over a broad range of the solar spectrum. Moreover, radial junction solar cells built around nanowires decouple the light absorption and carrier collection directions, which allows for a higher internal field and better carrier collection. Thus, arrays of radial junction solar cells bring advantages of high efficiency with reduced material amount. This is particularly attractive for devices based on hydrogenated amorphous and microcrystalline silicon thin films. In this paper, after reviewing different approaches to fabricate silicon nanowires, we focus on nanowires grown using the plasma-assisted vapour–liquid–solid method because of the simplicity and compatibility with current silicon thin-film technology. Their application to a-Si?:?H based radial junction solar cells has already resulted in ~8% of stable devices with an absorber layer thickness of only 100 nm. Moreover, current challenges and perspectives such as the use of a microcrystalline silicon absorber are also reviewed.

Soumyadeep Misra; Linwei Yu; Wanghua Chen; Martin Foldyna; Pere Roca i Cabarrocas

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

377

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

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

Miller, Owen Dennis

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

378

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

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

Ghosh, Somnath

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

379

Achieving High Performance Polymer Tandem Solar Cells via Novel Materials Design  

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

Dou, Letian

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

380

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

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

Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Achieving High Performance Polymer Tandem Solar Cells via Novel Materials Design  

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

Dou, Letian

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

382

The Silicon Solar Cell Turns 50  

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

383

Fabricating solar cells with silicon nanoparticles  

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

Loscutoff, Paul; Molesa, Steve; Kim, Taeseok

2014-09-02T23:59:59.000Z

384

Solid-State Photogalvanic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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

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

2014-05-29T23:59:59.000Z

385

EELE408 Photovoltaics Lecture 16: Silicon Solar Cell Fabrication Techniques  

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

Kaiser, Todd J.

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

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

Sera, Dezso

387

Origami-enabled deformable silicon solar cells  

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

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

2014-02-24T23:59:59.000Z

388

High throughput solar cell ablation system  

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

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

2012-09-11T23:59:59.000Z

389

High throughput solar cell ablation system  

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

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

2014-10-14T23:59:59.000Z

390

Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation  

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

Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David; Cousins, Peter

2012-12-04T23:59:59.000Z

391

Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation  

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

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

2014-07-22T23:59:59.000Z

392

Aggregated TiO2 Based Nanotubes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells  

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One-dimensional (1D) semiconducting oxides have attracted great attention for dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs), but the overall performance is still quite limited as compared to TiO2 nanocrystalline DSCs. Here, we report the synthesis of aggregated TiO2 based nanotubes with controlled morphologies and crystalline structures to obtain an overall power conversion efficiency of 9.9% using conventional dye without any additional chemical treatment steps. The high efficiency is attributed to the unique aggregate structure for light harvesting, optimized high surface area, and good crystallinity of the nanotube aggregates obtained through proper thermal annealing. This study demonstrates that high efficiency DSCs can be obtained with 1D nanomaterials, and provides lessons on the importance of optimizing both the nanocrystalline structure and the overall microscale morphology.

Nie, Zimin; Zhou, Xiaoyuan; Zhang, Qifeng; Cao, Guozhong; Liu, Jun

2013-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

393

Solar-Driven Microbial Photoelectrochemical Cells with a Nanowire Photocathode  

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

Li, Yat

394

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

395

III-V Compound Semiconductor Nanowire Solar Cells  

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Nanowire-array solar cells with core-multi-shell and axial junction were fabricated using selective-area MOVPE. Advantages are efficient light trapping and flexible solar cell by...

Fukui, Takashi; Nakai, Eiji; Chen, MuYi; Tomioka, Katsuhiro

396

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

397

3D Photonic Crystals for Photon Management in Solar Cells  

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Photon management is a key element to optimize the optical and electro-optical performance of solar cells. The potential of 3D photonic crystals for photon management in solar cells...

Wehrspohn, Ralf; Sprafke, Alexander

398

Ideal Configuration For Nanoscale Solar Cells - Energy Innovation...  

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SummaryThe standard design of excitonic solar cells, which includes most organic-based solar cells, is ideal in only two out of three dimensions. In other words, excitons can...

399

P3HT:PCBM Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cell.  

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?? Organic solar cells have emerged as an important cheap photovoltaic technology. In this thesis work, a study of P3HT:PCBM heterojunction solar cells was presented.… (more)

Liu, Jiang

2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

400

Heterojunction solar cells produced by porous silicon layer transfer technology  

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In this paper, we present the result of heterojunction solar cells based on porous silicon layer transfer technology. a-Si/c-Si structured solar cells were prepared in which the c-Si ... was investigated. The spe...

Zhihao Yue; Honglie Shen; Lei Zhang; Bin Liu; Chao Gao; Hongjie Lv

2012-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Alternative technology used to manufacture semitransparent monocrystalline silicon solar cells  

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This paper presents the manufacturing technology of a new semitransparent solar cell that can be used for building integrated ... anisotropic etching. The efficiency of the semitransparent solar cell is 6.12 % in...

Enik? Bándy; Márta Rencz

2013-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

402

Organic Solar Cells with Inverted and Tandem Structures  

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During the past decade, organic solar cells have attracted great attention due to their ... Although the technologies of small molecule and polymer solar cells have advanced significantly, the efficiency and stab...

De Wei Zhao; Aung Ko Ko Kyaw; Xiao Wei Sun

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

403

The solar cell in hornet cuticle: nanometer to micrometer scale  

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......1999) Ciliary hair cells and cuticular photoreceptor...of the nature's ; 7 solar cells; the thermophotovoltaic...Sede Boqer Symposia on Solar Electricity Production. 12- d e v i c e...1999 > Biodegradable organic polymers produced by......

Jacob S. Ishay; Eyal Rosenzweig; Luba Litinetsky; Shira Kirshboim

2000-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

404

Argonne CNM Highlight: Improved Hybrid Solar Cells  

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Improved Hybrid Solar Cells Improved Hybrid Solar Cells inorganic-organic hybrid photovoltaic (PV) cells imade of highly ordered titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube arrays filled with solid organic hole conductors such as conjugated polymers One approach for making inexpensive inorganic-organic hybrid photovoltaic (PV) cells is to fill highly ordered titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube arrays with solid organic hole conductors such as conjugated polymers. Center for Nanoscale Materials researchers and collaborative users from the University of Chicago present a new in situ ultraviolet (UV) polymerization method for growing polythiophene inside TiO2 nanotubes and compare this method to the conventional approach of infiltrating nanotubes with presynthesized polymer. A nanotubular TiO2 substrate is immersed in a 2,5-diiodothiophene (DIT)

405

Method of fabricating a solar cell  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

Pass, Thomas; Rogers, Robert

2014-02-25T23:59:59.000Z

406

Organic solar cell degradation probed by the nanosecond photoresponse  

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We measure the transient electrical response of small organic solar cells illuminated with nanosecond light pulses during degradation....

S. W. Kettlitz; S. Valouch; U. Lemmer

2010-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

407

Optimized Designs and Materials for Nanostructure Based Solar Cells  

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energy conversion efficiency of solar cells increased steadily in the last decade through enhanced photon absorption and charge carrier

Shao, Qinghui

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

408

Plastic Schottky barrier solar cells  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

1984-01-24T23:59:59.000Z

409

Hydrogen-Evolving Solar Cells  

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...PHOTOELECTROLYSIS OF WATER IN CELLS WITH SRTIO3 ANODES, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 28 : 241...PHOTOELECTROLYSIS OF WATER IN CELLS WITH TIO2 ANODES, MATERIALS RESEARCH BULLETIN 10...WATER USING SINGLE-CRYSTAL ALPHA-FE2O3 ANODES, MATERIALS RESEARCH BULLETIN 11...

Adam Heller

1984-03-16T23:59:59.000Z

410

New Metallization Technique Suitable for 6-MW Pilot Production of Efficient Multicrystalline Solar Cells Using Upgraded Metallurgical Silicon: Final Technical Progress Report, December 17, 2007-- June 16, 2009  

Energy.gov (U.S. Department of Energy (DOE))

This report describes CaliSolar's work as a Photovoltaic Technology Incubator awardee within the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Program. The term of this subcontract with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory was two years. During this time, CaliSolar evolved from a handful of employees to over 100 scientists, engineers, technicians, and operators. On the technical side, the company transitioned from a proof-of-concept through pilot-scale to large-scale industrial production. A fully automated 60-megawatt manufacturing line was commissioned in Sunnyvale, California. The facility converts upgraded metallurgical-grade silicon feedstock to ingots, wafers, and high-efficiency multicrystalline solar cells.

411

AgBiS2 Semiconductor-Sensitized Solar Cells  

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AgBiS2 Semiconductor-Sensitized Solar Cells ... We present a new ternary semiconductor sensitizer-AgBiS2 for solar cells. ... Liquid-junction semiconductor-sensitized solar cells were fabricated from the synthesized AgBiS2 semiconductor. ...

Pen-Chi Huang; Wei-Chih Yang; Ming-Way Lee

2013-08-16T23:59:59.000Z

412

Hole Selective MoOx Contact for Silicon Solar Cells  

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Hole Selective MoOx Contact for Silicon Solar Cells ... This work has important implications toward enabling a novel class of junctionless devices with applications for solar cells, light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, and transistors. ... Junctionless solar cells; silicon photovoltaics; heterojunctions; dopant-free contact; molybdenum trioxide ...

Corsin Battaglia; Xingtian Yin; Maxwell Zheng; Ian D. Sharp; Teresa Chen; Stephen McDonnell; Angelica Azcatl; Carlo Carraro; Biwu Ma; Roya Maboudian; Robert. M. Wallace; Ali Javey

2014-01-07T23:59:59.000Z

413

Vacuum-Deposited Planar Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells  

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

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

2010-12-14T23:59:59.000Z

414

Flexible thermal cycle test equipment for concentrator solar cells  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

2012-06-19T23:59:59.000Z

415

MORPHOLOGY DEPENDENT SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT IN BULK HETEROJUNCTION SOLAR CELL  

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a relatively inexpensive option for the future solar cell technology, provided its efficiency increases beyondMORPHOLOGY DEPENDENT SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT IN BULK HETEROJUNCTION SOLAR CELL Biswajit Ray, Pradeep, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA ABSTRACT Polymer based bulk heterostructure (BH) solar cell offers

Alam, Muhammad A.

416

Simulations of solar cell absorption enhancement using resonant modes  

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

Grandidier, Jonathan

417

Conducting polymer and hydrogenated amorphous silicon hybrid solar cells  

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November 2005 An organic-inorganic hybrid solar cell with a p-i-n stack structure has been investigated for their potential in electronic devices such as organic light emitting diodes OLEDs , solar cells, photode- tectorsConducting polymer and hydrogenated amorphous silicon hybrid solar cells Evan L. Williams

Schiff, Eric A.

418

Light Trapping in Solar Cells Using Resonant Nanostructures P. Spinelli  

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

van Rooij, Robert

419

Solar cell efficiency enhancement via light trapping in printable resonant  

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

Atwater, Harry

420

Dielectric nanostructures for broadband light trapping in organic solar cells  

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

Fan, Shanhui

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421

Plasmonic Nanostructure Design for Efficient Light Coupling into Solar Cells  

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

Atwater, Harry

422

Solar cell efficiency enhancement via light trapping in printable resonant  

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

Grandidier, Jonathan

423

Polycrystalline CdTe Solar Cells on Buffered Commercial TCO-Coated Glass with Efficiencies Above 15%  

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EPIR Technologies, Inc. reports the production of thin film polycrystalline CdTe devices with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)-verified efficiencies above 15%. While previous reporting of high efficiency poly-CdTe solar cells utilized high-temperature technical glass, EPIR's cells were produced on commercially-available conductive glass. The devices exhibit fill factors up to 77% and short-circuit current densities around 24 mA/cm{sup 2}. EPIR developed a robust process for producing thin film CdTe solar cells through implementation of a high resistivity SnO{sub 2} buffer layer and optimization of the CdS window layer thickness. The effects of the high resistivity buffer layer on device performance were investigated, demonstrating improved overall performance and yield. To our knowledge, these are among the highest efficiencies yet reported and NREL-verified for a thin film CdTe solar cell fabricated using commercial conductive glass.

Banai, R.; Blissett, C.; Buurma, C.; Colegrove, E.; Bechmann, P.; Ellsworth, J.; Morley, M.; Barnes, S.; Lennon, C.; Gilmore, C.; Dhere, R.; Bergeson, J.; Scott, M.; Gessert, T.

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

424

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

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

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

1984-01-15T23:59:59.000Z

425

Solar cells utilizing pulsed-energy crystallized microcrystalline/polycrystalline silicon  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

A process for producing multi-terminal devices such as solar cells wherein a pulsed high energy source is used to melt and crystallize amorphous silicon deposited on a substrate which is intolerant to high processing temperatures, whereby the amorphous silicon is converted into a microcrystalline/polycrystalline phase. Dopant and hydrogenation can be added during the fabrication process which provides for fabrication of extremely planar, ultra shallow contacts which results in reduction of non-current collecting contact volume. The use of the pulsed energy beams results in the ability to fabricate high efficiency microcrystalline/polycrystalline solar cells on the so-called low-temperature, inexpensive plastic substrates which are intolerant to high processing temperatures.

Kaschmitter, J.L.; Sigmon, T.W.

1995-10-10T23:59:59.000Z

426

Solar cells utilizing pulsed-energy crystallized microcrystalline/polycrystalline silicon  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

A process for producing multi-terminal devices such as solar cells wherein a pulsed high energy source is used to melt and crystallize amorphous silicon deposited on a substrate which is intolerant to high processing temperatures, whereby to amorphous silicon is converted into a microcrystalline/polycrystalline phase. Dopant and hydrogenization can be added during the fabrication process which provides for fabrication of extremely planar, ultra shallow contacts which results in reduction of non-current collecting contact volume. The use of the pulsed energy beams results in the ability to fabricate high efficiency microcrystalline/polycrystalline solar cells on the so-called low-temperature, inexpensive plastic substrates which are intolerant to high processing temperatures.

Kaschmitter, James L. (Pleasanton, CA); Sigmon, Thomas W. (Beaverton, OR)

1995-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

427

Lead selenide nanowire solar cells via LPNE and its new found derivatives  

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type of solar cell in this third generation technology thatgeneration solar technology based on thick silicon cells,

Hujdic, Justin

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

428

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

429

Achieving High Performance Polymer Tandem Solar Cells via Novel Materials Design  

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polymer solar cell could be a viable technology for spacetechnology must utilize the uniqueness of polymer solar cells.

Dou, Letian

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

430

Method of fabricating a solar cell with a tunnel dielectric layer  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

2012-12-18T23:59:59.000Z

431

Method of fabricating a solar cell with a tunnel dielectric layer  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

2014-04-29T23:59:59.000Z

432

High Efficiency Clean Combustion in Multi-Cylinder Light-Duty...  

Energy.gov (U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)) Indexed Site

High Efficiency Clean Combustion in Multi-Cylinder Light-Duty Engines High Efficiency Clean Combustion in Multi-Cylinder Light-Duty Engines 2013 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program...

433

SunShot Initiative: High-Efficiency Thermal Energy Storage System for CSP  

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

434

27. 5-percent silicon concentrator solar cells  

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

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

1986-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

435

Improved large-area, two-terminal InP/Ga{sub 0.47}In{sub 0.53}As tandem solar cells  

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Progress in the development of high-efficiency, large-area, two-terminal InP/Ga{sub 0.47}In{sub 0.53}As tandem solar cells is reported. Five tandem cells with total areas of {approximately}4 cm{sup 2}, with 1-sun AM0 efficiencies ranging from 19.4% to 21.1%, were prepared for the STRV-1 satellite solar cell flight experiment. Additionally, an {approximately}1 cm{sup 2} tandem cell with a 1-sun AM0 efficiency of 22.2% has been confirmed. Possible further improvements and performance potential are discussed.

Wanlass, M.W.; Ward, J.S.; Emery, K.A.; Duda, A.; Coutts, T.J. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)

1994-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

436

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

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

437

Phosphorus emitter engineering by plasma-immersion ion implantation for c-Si solar cells  

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Abstract Ion Beam Services (IBS) has developed processes dedicated to silicon-based solar cell manufacturing using a plasma-immersion ion implantation equipment. It enables the realization of various doping profiles for phosphorus-doped emitters which fit the requirements of high-efficiency solar cells. PH3 plasma-implanted emitters are chemically, physically and electrically characterized to demonstrate their excellent quality. Those emitters are then integrated into a low cost p-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell manufacturing line from the National Solar Energy Institute (INES) in order to be compared with usual \\{POCl3\\} diffusion. Starting from a basic process flow with blanket emitter and conventional full-area aluminum back-surface field, plasma-immersion implanted emitters enable to raise conversion efficiencies above 19.1%. Thanks to an optimized double layer anti-reflective coating, a 19.4% champion cell has been achieved. Depending on different plasma process parameters, lightly doped emitters are then engineered aiming to study doping modulation using a dedicated laser.

Thomas Michel; Jérôme Le Perchec; Adeline Lanterne; Rémi Monna; Frank Torregrosa; Laurent Roux; Mireille Commandré

2015-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

438

New, Cost-Competitive Solar Plants for Electric Utilities  

Energy.gov (U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)) Indexed Site

Amonix to develop its 7700 Amonix to develop its 7700 system, which drastically reduces the requirement for costly solar cells by using Fresnel lenses to concentrate sunlight 500 times onto small, highly efficient photovoltaic cells. This reduces the cell area so that expensive solar cell materials can be replaced with inexpensive plastic lenses. Amonix Inc. (Torrance, CA), founded in 1989, develops and

439

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

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

Huang, Yanyi

440

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

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Green Solar In 2009 researchers at Berkeley helped shift research into new solar cell materials also be considered. This project would examine the proposed solar cell materials and designs and create­2077). Given the proposed scales of PV adoption, the health and environmental impacts of PV technology should

Iglesia, Enrique

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

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Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 75 (2003) 307­312 Extreme radiation hardness and light annealing and minority-carrier injection-enhanced annealing are responsible for the recovery of photovoltaic of InP solar cells with much higher radiation resistance, conversion efficiency and power/weight ratio

Woodall, Jerry M.

442

Interfacial Engineering for Highly Efficient-Conjugated Polymer-Based Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Devices  

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The aim of our proposal is to apply interface engineering approach to improve charge extraction, guide active layer morphology, improve materials compatibility, and ultimately allow the fabrication of high efficiency tandem cells. Specifically, we aim at developing: i. Interfacial engineering using small molecule self-assembled monolayers ii. Nanostructure engineering in OPVs using polymer brushes iii. Development of efficient light harvesting and high mobility materials for OPVs iv. Physical characterization of the nanostructured systems using electrostatic force microscopy, and conducting atomic force microscopy v. All-solution processed organic-based tandem cells using interfacial engineering to optimize the recombination layer currents vi. Theoretical modeling of charge transport in the active semiconducting layer The material development effort is guided by advanced computer modeling and surface/ interface engineering tools to allow us to obtain better understanding of the effect of electrode modifications on OPV performance for the investigation of more elaborate device structures. The materials and devices developed within this program represent a major conceptual advancement using an integrated approach combining rational molecular design, material, interface, process, and device engineering to achieve solar cells with high efficiency, stability, and the potential to be used for large-area roll-to-roll printing. This may create significant impact in lowering manufacturing cost of polymer solar cells for promoting clean renewable energy use and preventing the side effects from using fossil fuels to impact environment.

Alex Jen; David Ginger; Christine Luscombe; Hong Ma

2012-04-02T23:59:59.000Z

443

High-Efficiency Receivers for Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Cycles  

Energy.gov (U.S. Department of Energy (DOE))

This fact sheet describes a project awarded under the DOE's 2012 SunShot Concentrating Solar Power R&D award program. The team, led by Brayton Energy, aims to develop and demonstrate a low-cost, high-efficiency solar receiver that is compatible with s-CO2 cycles and modern thermal storage subsystems. Supercritical CO2 Brayton-cycle engines have the potential to increase conversion efficiency to more than 50%. This high conversion efficiency drives down the cost of the supporting solar field, tower, and thermal storage systems, which could significantly reduce the lifetime costs of a CSP system to achieve the SunShot goal.

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WORKING QUANTUM EFFICIENCY OF CDTE SOLAR CELL Zimeng Cheng  

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

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15th Workshop on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells and Modules: Materials and Processes; Extended Abstracts and Papers  

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The National Center for Photovoltaics sponsored the 15th Workshop on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells & Modules: Materials and Processes, held in Vail, CO, August 7-10, 2005. This meeting provided a forum for an informal exchange of technical and scientific information between international researchers in the photovoltaic and relevant non-photovoltaic fields. The workshop addressed the fundamental properties of PV silicon, new solar cell designs, and advanced solar cell processing techniques. A combination of oral presentations by invited speakers, poster sessions, and discussion sessions reviewed recent advances in crystal growth, new cell designs, new processes and process characterization techniques, and cell fabrication approaches suitable for future manufacturing demands. The theme of this year's meeting was 'Providing the Scientific Basis for Industrial Success.' Specific sessions during the workshop included: Advances in crystal growth and material issues; Impurities and defects in Si; Advanced processing; High-efficiency Si solar cells; Thin Si solar cells; and Cell design for efficiency and reliability module operation. The topic for the Rump Session was ''Si Feedstock: The Show Stopper'' and featured a panel discussion by representatives from various PV companies.

Sopori, B. L.

2005-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High-Performance Nanostructured Inorganic?Organic Heterojunction Solar Cells  

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High-Performance Nanostructured Inorganic?Organic Heterojunction Solar Cells ... Although single-crystalline Si-based solar cells are successfully used to harvest solar energy, inexpensive production of photovoltaic (PV) devices at a cost comparable to the energy production cost of fossil fuels has become a critical issue to meet the global energy crisis. ... The photocurrent output of a solar cell based on exciton dissociation from sensitized solar cells depends on the quantum efficiencies of light harvesting (?lh), electron injection (?inj), and electron collection (?cc), which is determined by the competition between recombination and charge collection. ...

Jeong Ah Chang; Jae Hui Rhee; Sang Hyuk Im; Yong Hui Lee; Hi-jung Kim; Sang Il Seok; Md. K. Nazeeruddin; Michael Gratzel

2010-05-28T23:59:59.000Z

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Innotech Solar AS formerly known as Solar Cell Repower | Open Energy  

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Innotech Solar AS formerly known as Solar Cell Repower Innotech Solar AS formerly known as Solar Cell Repower Jump to: navigation, search Name Innotech Solar AS (formerly known as Solar Cell Repower) Place Narvik, Norway Zip 8512 Sector Solar Product Norway-based developer of repowering technologies for solar cells. Coordinates 68.439515°, 17.43015° 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":68.439515,"lon":17.43015,"alt":0,"address":"","icon":"","group":"","inlineLabel":"","visitedicon":""}]}

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

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

Nabben, Reinhard

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Thermal behaviour of new crystalline semitransparent solar cell structure  

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This paper presents the structure of a novel semitransparent solar cell and its thermal behaviour, which cell can be used for building integrated applications. The crystalline self-made test cells can be manufactured using basic semiconductor technological ... Keywords: Building integrated photovoltaics, Semitransparent solar cell and thermal characteristics

Enik Bándy; Márta Rencz,

2013-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

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CVD amorphous silicon solar cells  

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Development of all-CVD TCO/p-i-n/metal/substrate a-Si devices made by CVD from disilane is reported. The reactor and conditions for depositing device quality CVD a-Si at growth rates up to 10 A/sec are described. Conductivity, optical properties and density of states of CVD i layers are described. Photovoltaic device characteristics of all - CVD and hybrid (CVD/GD) pin and nip devices are compared. Efficiencies up to 4% were achieved. An analysis of collection efficiency indicates a hole ..mu../tau/ of 1 - 4 X 10/sup -9/ cm/sup 2//V. Cell performance is consistent with a series connected double junction model.

Hegedus, S.S.; Baron, B.N.; Rocheleau, R.E.

1984-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells  

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

Yengel, Emre

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Award-Winning Etching Process Cuts Solar Cell Costs (Revised) (Fact Sheet), The Spectrum of Clean Energy Innovation, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  

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Award-Winning Etching Process Award-Winning Etching Process Cuts Solar Cell Costs In general, when it comes to photovoltaic (PV) solar cells, the higher their efficiency, the higher their price tag. To increase cell efficiencies while lowering costs, scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) invented the "black silicon" nanocatalytic wet-chemical etch. This inexpensive, one-step method enables the creation of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells based on an innovative antireflection approach that promises to significantly reduce manufacturing costs. Most of today's solar cells are made from silicon, and NREL's simple antireflection etch turns silicon wafers black, allowing them to absorb more than 98% of incident sunlight. NREL's new process, a one-step immersion in a chemical bath, creates a highly antireflective

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Light harvesting enhancement in solar cells with quasicrystalline plasmonic structures  

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

Bauer, Christina; Giessen, Harald

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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

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Semitransparent ultrathin CdTe solar cells Semitransparent ultrathin CdTe solar cells core technology is built around · sputter deposition · CdS/CdTe cell structure · Extensive IPTe cellsultrathin CdTe cells X26 stateoftheart compared with other CdTe deposition: [X26 technology has been

Rollins, Andrew M.

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13th Workshop on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell Materials and Processes: Extended Abstracts and Papers  

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The 13th Workshop will provide a forum for an informal exchange of technical and scientific information between international researchers in the photovoltaic and relevant non-photovoltaic fields. It will offer an excellent opportunity for researchers in private industry and at universities to prioritize mutual needs for future collaborative research. The workshop is intended to address the fundamental aspects of impurities and defects in silicon: their properties, the dynamics during device processing, and their application for developing low-cost processes for manufacturing high-efficiency silicon solar cells. A combination of oral, poster, and discussion sessions will review recent advances in crystal growth, new cell structures, new processes and process characterization techniques, and cell fabrication approaches suitable for future manufacturing demands.

Sopori, B. L.; Rand, J.; Saitoh, T.; Sinton, R.; Stavola, M.; Swanson, D.; Tan, T.; Weber, E.; Werner, J.; Al-Jassim, M.

2003-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solvent polarity and nanoscale morphology in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells: A case study  

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Organic bulk heterojunction solar cells were fabricated under identical experimental conditions, except by varying the solvent polarity used for spin coating the active layer components and their performance was evaluated systematically. Results showed that presence of nitrobenzene-chlorobenzene composition governs the morphology of active layer formed, which is due to the tuning of solvent polarity as well as the resulting solubility of the P3HT:PCBM blend. Trace amount of nitrobenzene favoured the formation of better organised P3HT domains, as evident from conductive AFM, tapping mode AFM and surface, and cross-sectional SEM analysis. The higher interfacial surface area thus generated produced cells with high efficiency. But, an increase in the nitrobenzene composition leads to a decrease in cell performance, which is due to the formation of an active layer with larger size polymer domain networks with poor charge separation possibility.

Thomas, Ajith [Centre for Nano-Bio-Polymer Science and Technology, Department of Physics, St. Thomas College, Pala, Kerala 686574 (India); Research and Development Centre, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu 641046 (India); Elsa Tom, Anju; Ison, V. V., E-mail: isonvv@yahoo.in, E-mail: praveen@materials.iisc.ernet.in [Centre for Nano-Bio-Polymer Science and Technology, Department of Physics, St. Thomas College, Pala, Kerala 686574 (India); Rao, Arun D.; Varman, K. Arul; Ranjith, K.; Ramamurthy, Praveen C., E-mail: isonvv@yahoo.in, E-mail: praveen@materials.iisc.ernet.in [Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Karnataka 560012 (India); Vinayakan, R. [Department of Chemistry, SVR NSS College Vazhoor, Kerala 686505 (India)

2014-03-14T23:59:59.000Z

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Study of organic solar cells with stacked bulk heterojunction structure  

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Organic solar cells with stacked bulk heterojunction(BHJ) are investigated ... as inter-layer to connect the upper BHJ cell and the lower cell. The structures are ITO/PEDOT:PSS/MEH...V OC) of a st...

Xin-fang Zhang; Zheng Xu; Su-ling Zhao; Fu-jun Zhang; Yan Li…

2008-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

458

'Nano'tubes, Surface Area & NanoSolar Cells  

K-12 Energy Lesson Plans and Activities Web site (EERE)

This unit takes students through several introductory lessons designed to gain a better understanding of the 'nano' scale as it relates to the creation of a (dye-sensitized) solar cell (DSSC). The introductory lessons guide students through activities covering volume, surface area and density and exploration of the relationship between these factors. The unit culminates with students building a Gratzel cell, a solar cell employing a layer of nanospheres of TiO2 as the semiconductor and blackberry juice as the light absorber in a non-Si-based solar cell. Students are able to build a small solar cell and test its efficiency.

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Solar module having reflector between cells  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

Kardauskas, Michael J. (Billerica, MA)

1999-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar Junction Develops World Record Setting Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Cell  

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

EERE supported the development of Solar Junction's concentrated photovoltaic technology that set a world record for conversion efficiency.

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Pokeberries Provide Boost for Solar Cells | Department of Energy  

Energy.gov (U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)) Indexed Site

Pokeberries Provide Boost for Solar Cells Pokeberries Provide Boost for Solar Cells Pokeberries Provide Boost for Solar Cells May 20, 2010 - 2:41pm Addthis Stephen Graff Former Writer & editor for Energy Empowers, EERE What are the key facts? When the red dye from the pokeberries is spread over solar cells, it acts as a light absorber, boosting the technology's efficiency by about seven percent. The dye helps the cell's fibers capture more sunlight to convert into power. A weed Civil War soldiers used to write letters home may hold the secret to cheaper and more efficient solar energy today. Researchers at Wake Forest University's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials in North Carolina have discovered that red dye from the pokeberry weed makes their low-cost, fiber-based solar cells even more

462

Solare Cell Roof Tile And Method Of Forming Same  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

1999-11-16T23:59:59.000Z

463

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

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

Deceglie, Michael G.

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

464

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

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

Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

465

Electrochemical Investigation of a Microbial Solar Cell Reveals a Nonphotosynthetic Biocathode Catalyst  

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...Electrochemical Investigation of a Microbial Solar Cell Reveals a Nonphotosynthetic Biocathode...Jose, California, USA c Microbial solar cells (MSCs) are microbial fuel cells...been hypothesized that microbial solar cells (MSCs) can continuously generate...

Sarah M. Strycharz-Glaven; Richard H. Glaven; Zheng Wang; Jing Zhou; Gary J. Vora; Leonard M. Tender

2013-04-19T23:59:59.000Z

466

Multiexciton Solar Cells of CuInSe2 Nanocrystals  

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Multiexciton Solar Cells of CuInSe2 Nanocrystals ... nanocrystals; photovoltaics; CIGS; multiple excitons; solar cells; photonic curing ... (4-8) Extraction of more than one electron per absorbed photon as electrical current in devices has also been reported,(9-12) with a few instances of device quantum efficiencies (QEs) exceeding 100%, PbS (internal QE only),(13) PbSe (external QE, EQE)(14) nanocrystal solar cells, and an organic device exhibiting a related process of singlet fission. ...

C. Jackson Stolle; Taylor B. Harvey; Douglas R. Pernik; Jarett I. Hibbert; Jiang Du; Dong Joon Rhee; Vahid A. Akhavan; Richard D. Schaller; Brian A. Korgel

2013-12-26T23:59:59.000Z

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

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

Huang, Yanyi

468

Method of fabricating bifacial tandem solar cells  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

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

2014-10-07T23:59:59.000Z

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Computational Challenges for Nanostructure Solar Cells Project at NERSC  

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Challenges for Challenges for Nanostructure Solar Cells Computational Challenges for Nanostructure Solar Cells ZZ2.jpg Key Challenges: Current nanostructure solar cells often have energy efficiencies well below that of traditional solar cells. To understand why, one must understand the complete photoelectron dynamics in a nanostructure - the photon absorption, exciton generation, exciton dissociation, carrier transport and carrier collection. However, the large number of surface states, the strong exciton binding energies, the nano-interfaces, the lack of doping, and the possibility of unintended internal electric fields make this a daunting task that requires a suite of techniques and computer codes offering different electronic structure methods and varying levels of

470

Photonic Crystals for Improving Organic Solar Cell Efficiency  

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An improvement of the organic solar cells efficiency is theoretically demonstrated by nanostructuring the active layer in the shape of a photonic crystal. An original process...

Duché, David; Escoubas, Ludovic; Simon, Jean-Jacques; Torchio, Philippe; Le Rouzo, Judikael; Vervisch, Wilfried; Flory, François; Labeyrie, Antoine; Roumiguières, Jean-Louis

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Dielectric microconcentrators for efficiency enhancement in concentrator solar cells  

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Metal fingers typically cover more than 10% of the active area of concentrator solar cells. Microfabricated dielectric optical designs that can completely eliminate front contact...

Korech, Omer; Gordon, Jeffrey M; Katz, Eugene A; Feuermann, Daniel; Eisenberg, Naftali

2007-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

472

Broadband Diffractive Optics for Enhancing the Efficiency of Solar Cells  

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We propose a broadband diffractive optics based spectrum splitting approach to enhance the efficiency of solar cells. Numerical simulations indicate ~27% and ~45% increase in output...

Menon, Rajesh; Wang, Peng; Mohammed, Nabil

473

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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Ultrafast Carrier RelaxationProcesses in Advanced Concept Solar Cells  

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We discuss short time carrier relaxation in advanced concept solar cells conditions using ensemble Monte Carlo (EMC) simulation coupled with rate equation and thermodynamic models, to...

Goodnick, Stephen M; Honsberg, Christiana; Zou, Yongjie

475

Progress on nanopatterned front electrodes for organic solar cells  

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We present our recent progress in the development of nanophotonic front electrodes for improved light management in organic solar cell. Experimental results and 3D electromagnetic...

Paetzold, Ulrich W; Smeets, Michael; Hadipour, Afshin; Cheyns, David

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Device Physics of Nanoscale Interdigitated Solar Cells: Preprint  

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This paper uses multidimensional device simulation to explore the physics and solar cell performance of interdigitated p-n junctions for material parameters relevant to the postulated conditions.

Metzger, W. K.; Levi, D.

2008-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Award-Winning Etching Process Cuts Solar Cell Costs  

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into electricity. Manufacturers have tried to minimize the reflection of sunlight off of solar cells by first chemically etching micrometers-deep structures into the surface of...

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OPVs and Solar Cells: The Basics | University of Texas Energy...  

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environmental crises emanating from greenhouse gas production. Current solar cell technologies are largely silicon-based. Devices used for human energy consumption yield...

479

Concentrator Solar Cell Modules and Systems Developed in Japan  

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Dissemination of photovoltaic (PV) systems has advanced, and solar cell module production has also significantly increased in ... Japan organized by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organizati...

2007-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Polymer solar cell as an emerging PV technology  

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In the presentation, I will present progresses in polymer solar cell in recent years. Advances in material, device structure, morphology are the focus of the talk. ...

Li, Gang

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Reliable and economical circuit I V characterization solar cells  

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A transistorized circuit for solar cells which is easy to assemble and use for undergraduate teaching laboratories is described.(AIP)

Y. H. Muoy; J. P. Charles; M. Adbelkrim

1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Structural Characterization of the Active Layer in Organic Solar Cells.  

E-Print Network (OSTI)

??Organic solar cells belong to a class of devices where the morphology of the active layer has a large impact on device performance. However, characterization… (more)

Kozub, Derek

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

483

Dielectric nanostructures for broadband light trapping in organic solar cells  

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We investigate broadband light trapping using only dielectric components to improve organic solar cell efficiency. We show that substantial absorption and photocurrent enhancement is...

Raman, Aaswath; Yu, Zongfu; Fan, Shanhui

484

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

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of solar cells and light sensors based on solution-processed semiconductors." He is a Fellow of the IEEE "... for contributions to colloidal quantum dot optoelectronic devices."...

486

Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency  

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

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Diffraction: Enhanced Light Absorption of Solar Cells and Photodetecto...  

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Materials Advanced Materials Find More Like This Return to Search Diffraction: Enhanced Light Absorption of Solar Cells and Photodetectors Sandia National Laboratories Contact...

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Molecular Weight Effect on the Efficiency of Polymer Solar Cells  

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Molecular Weight Effect on the Efficiency of Polymer Solar Cells ... § 1-Material Inc., 2290 Chemin St-François, Dorval, Quebec, H9P 1K2, Canada ...

Chang Liu; Kai Wang; Xiaowen Hu; Yali Yang; Chih-Hao Hsu; Wei Zhang; Steven Xiao; Xiong Gong; Yong Cao

2013-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials and High Efficiency Power...  

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Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials and High Efficiency Power Generation Modules Home Author: T. Hogan, A. Downey, J. Short, S. D. Mahanti, H. Schock, E. Case Year: 2007...

490

An Overview of Solar Cell Technology Mike McGehee  

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

McGehee, Michael

491

Folded-Light-Path Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells  

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Folded-Light-Path Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells Ghada I. Koleilat*, Illan J. Kramer*, Chris T, Canada. Colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics combine low-cost solution processing with quantum size-effect tuning to match absorption to the solar spectrum. Rapid advances have led to certified solar power

492

Vehicle Technologies Office Merit Review 2014: High Efficiency GDI Engine Research, with Emphasis on Ignition Systems  

Energy.gov (U.S. Department of Energy (DOE))

Presentation given by Argonne National Laboratory at 2014 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting about high efficiency...

493

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

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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

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13th Workshop on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell Materials and Processes: Summary Discussion, 10-13 August 2003, Vail, Colorado  

SciTech Connect

The 13th Workshop discussion sessions addressed recent progress, critical issues in implementing new technologies, and the role of fundamental R&D in the growing PV industry. For the first time, we included a rump session, which was held on Sunday evening, August 10. This session included a panel of representatives, from various photovoltaic companies, who led a discussion of''R&D Challenges in Si PV.'' A special poster/presentation session was held on Monday evening, August 11, in which NREL/DOE subcontractors highlighted their results of research performed during the current subcontract period. This session served as a subcontract review. The workshop offered special sessions to discuss: (1) High-Efficiency Si Solar Cells, which reviewed progress made in implementing high-efficiency Si solar cell fabrication processes in the manufacturing environment; (2) Advanced Processing, as future potential approaches for making Si solar cells; (3) Commercial Issues, which addressed basic understanding behind recent processes that have been used by the PV industry; and (4) Automation and Equipment, to address capabilities and requirements of new manufacturing equipment.

Sopori, B.; Sinton, R.; Tan, T.; Swanson, D.

2004-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

495

Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells  

E-Print Network (OSTI)

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

Yengel, Emre

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

496

Broadband omnidirectional antireflection coatings for metal-backed solar cells optimized using simulated annealing algorithm incorporated with solar spectrum  

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Broadband omnidirectional antireflection (AR) coatings for solar cells optimized using simulated annealing (SA) algorithm incorporated with the solar (irradiance) spectrum at Earth’s...

Chang, Yin-Jung; Chen, Yu-Ting

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

497

Laser beam apparatus and method for analyzing solar cells  

DOE Patents (OSTI)

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

Staebler, David L. (Lawrenceville, NJ)

1980-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

498

Path to High Efficiency Gasoline Engine | Department of Energy  

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

Path to High Efficiency Gasoline Engine Path to High Efficiency Gasoline Engine Path to High Efficiency Gasoline Engine deer10johansson.pdf More Documents & Publications Partially...

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Solar Junction | Open Energy Information  

Open Energy Info (EERE)

Junction Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Junction Place: San Jose, California Zip: CA 95131 Sector: Efficiency, Solar Product: Solar Junction is developing high efficiency...

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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