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Title: A Taxonomy for Three-Terminal Tandem Solar Cells

Abstract

Tandem and multijunction solar cells offer the only demonstrated path to terrestrial 1-sun solar cell efficiency over 30%. Three-terminal tandem (3TT) solar cells can overcome some of the limitations of two-terminal and four-terminal tandem solar cell designs. However, the coupled nature of the cells adds a degree of complexity to the devices themselves and the ways that their performance can be measured and reported. While many different configurations of 3TT devices have been proposed, there is no standard taxonomy to discuss the device structure or loading topology. This Perspective proposes a taxonomy for 3TT solar cells to enable a common nomenclature for discussing these devices and their performance. It also provides a brief history of three-terminal devices in the literature and demonstrates that many different 3TT devices can work at efficiencies above 30% if properly designed.

Authors:
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  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1606123
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5900-75666
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
ACS Energy Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; tandem solar cell; taxonomy; IBC; three terminal

Citation Formats

Warren, Emily L, McMahon, William E, Rienaecker, Michael, VanSant, Kaitlyn, Whitehead, Riley, Peibst, Robby, and Tamboli, Adele C. A Taxonomy for Three-Terminal Tandem Solar Cells. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1021/acsenergylett.0c00068.
Warren, Emily L, McMahon, William E, Rienaecker, Michael, VanSant, Kaitlyn, Whitehead, Riley, Peibst, Robby, & Tamboli, Adele C. A Taxonomy for Three-Terminal Tandem Solar Cells. United States. doi:10.1021/acsenergylett.0c00068.
Warren, Emily L, McMahon, William E, Rienaecker, Michael, VanSant, Kaitlyn, Whitehead, Riley, Peibst, Robby, and Tamboli, Adele C. Mon . "A Taxonomy for Three-Terminal Tandem Solar Cells". United States. doi:10.1021/acsenergylett.0c00068.
@article{osti_1606123,
title = {A Taxonomy for Three-Terminal Tandem Solar Cells},
author = {Warren, Emily L and McMahon, William E and Rienaecker, Michael and VanSant, Kaitlyn and Whitehead, Riley and Peibst, Robby and Tamboli, Adele C},
abstractNote = {Tandem and multijunction solar cells offer the only demonstrated path to terrestrial 1-sun solar cell efficiency over 30%. Three-terminal tandem (3TT) solar cells can overcome some of the limitations of two-terminal and four-terminal tandem solar cell designs. However, the coupled nature of the cells adds a degree of complexity to the devices themselves and the ways that their performance can be measured and reported. While many different configurations of 3TT devices have been proposed, there is no standard taxonomy to discuss the device structure or loading topology. This Perspective proposes a taxonomy for 3TT solar cells to enable a common nomenclature for discussing these devices and their performance. It also provides a brief history of three-terminal devices in the literature and demonstrates that many different 3TT devices can work at efficiencies above 30% if properly designed.},
doi = {10.1021/acsenergylett.0c00068},
journal = {ACS Energy Letters},
number = ,
volume = 5,
place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {3}
}