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Title: Application of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes as Transparent Electrodes in Cu(In,Ga)Se2-Based Solar Cells: Preprint

Abstract

We present a new thin-film solar cell structure in which the traditional transparent conductive oxide electrode (ZnO) is replaced by a transparent conductive coating consisting of a network of bundled single-wall carbon nanotubes. Optical transmission properties of these coatings are presented in relation to their electrical properties (sheet resistance), along with preliminary solar cell results from devices made using CuIn1-xGaxSe2 thin-film absorber materials. Achieving an energy conversion efficiency of >12% and a quantum efficiency of {approx}80% demonstrate the feasibility of the concept. A discussion of the device structures will be presented considering the physical properties of the new electrodes comparing current-voltage results from the new solar cell structure and those from standard ZnO/CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se2/Mo solar cells.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
891545
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-520-39914
TRN: US200622%%87
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-4), 7-12 May 2006, Waikoloa, Hawaii
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; CARBON; COATINGS; EFFICIENCY; ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES; ELECTRODES; ENERGY CONVERSION; NANOTUBES; OXIDES; PHYSICAL PROPERTIES; QUANTUM EFFICIENCY; SOLAR CELLS; CARBON NANOTUBES; TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE OXIDE (TCO); THIN FILM; ENERGY CONVERSION EFFICIENCY; DEVICE; FREE CARRIER CONCENTRATION; Solar Energy - Photovoltaics

Citation Formats

Contreras, M., Barnes, T., van de Lagemaat, J., Rumbles, G., Coutts, T. J., Weeks, C., Glatkowski, P., Levitsky, I., and Peltola, J. Application of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes as Transparent Electrodes in Cu(In,Ga)Se2-Based Solar Cells: Preprint. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1109/WCPEC.2006.279481.
Contreras, M., Barnes, T., van de Lagemaat, J., Rumbles, G., Coutts, T. J., Weeks, C., Glatkowski, P., Levitsky, I., & Peltola, J. Application of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes as Transparent Electrodes in Cu(In,Ga)Se2-Based Solar Cells: Preprint. United States. doi:10.1109/WCPEC.2006.279481.
Contreras, M., Barnes, T., van de Lagemaat, J., Rumbles, G., Coutts, T. J., Weeks, C., Glatkowski, P., Levitsky, I., and Peltola, J. Mon . "Application of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes as Transparent Electrodes in Cu(In,Ga)Se2-Based Solar Cells: Preprint". United States. doi:10.1109/WCPEC.2006.279481. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/891545.
@article{osti_891545,
title = {Application of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes as Transparent Electrodes in Cu(In,Ga)Se2-Based Solar Cells: Preprint},
author = {Contreras, M. and Barnes, T. and van de Lagemaat, J. and Rumbles, G. and Coutts, T. J. and Weeks, C. and Glatkowski, P. and Levitsky, I. and Peltola, J.},
abstractNote = {We present a new thin-film solar cell structure in which the traditional transparent conductive oxide electrode (ZnO) is replaced by a transparent conductive coating consisting of a network of bundled single-wall carbon nanotubes. Optical transmission properties of these coatings are presented in relation to their electrical properties (sheet resistance), along with preliminary solar cell results from devices made using CuIn1-xGaxSe2 thin-film absorber materials. Achieving an energy conversion efficiency of >12% and a quantum efficiency of {approx}80% demonstrate the feasibility of the concept. A discussion of the device structures will be presented considering the physical properties of the new electrodes comparing current-voltage results from the new solar cell structure and those from standard ZnO/CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se2/Mo solar cells.},
doi = {10.1109/WCPEC.2006.279481},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2006},
month = {Mon May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2006}
}

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