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Title: Accelerated development of CuSbS2 thin film photovoltaic device prototypes

Development of alternative thin film photovoltaic technologies is an important research topic because of the potential of low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells to produce terawatt levels of clean power. However, this development of unexplored yet promising absorbers can be hindered by complications that arise during solar cell fabrication. Here, a high-throughput combinatorial method is applied to accelerate development of photovoltaic devices, in this case, using the novel CuSbS2 absorber via a newly developed three-stage self-regulated growth process to control absorber purity and orientation. Photovoltaic performance of the absorber, using the typical substrate CuInxGa1 - xSe2 (CIGS) device architecture, is explored as a function of absorber quality and thickness using a variety of back contacts. This study yields CuSbS2 device prototypes with ~1% conversion efficiency, suggesting that the optimal CuSbS2 device fabrication parameters and contact selection criteria are quite different than for CIGS, despite the similarity of these two absorbers. The CuSbS2 device efficiency is at present limited by low short-circuit current because of bulk recombination related to defects, and a small open-circuit voltage because of a theoretically predicted cliff-type conduction band offset between CuSbS2 and CdS. Overall, these results illustrate both the potential and limits of combinatorial methods to accelerate themore » development of thin film photovoltaic devices using novel absorbers.« less
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  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden CO 80401 USA; Colorado School of Mines, Golden CO USA
  2. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden CO 80401 USA
  3. Colorado School of Mines, Golden CO USA
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Journal ID: ISSN 1062-7995
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Progress in Photovoltaics; Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: 7
Research Org:
NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States))
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE combinatorial; CuSbS2; chalcogenide; thin films; earth abundant; sputtering