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Title: Solar cells with low cost substrates, process of making same and article of manufacture

Abstract

A solar cell is disclosed having a substrate and an intermediate recrystallized film and a semiconductor material capable of absorbing light with the substrate being selected from one of a synthetic organic resin, graphite, glass and a crystalline material having a grain size less than about 1 micron/sup 2/. The intermediate recrystallized film has a grain size in the range of from about 10 microns/sup 2/ to about 10,000 microns/sup 2/ and a lattice mismatch with the semiconductor material not greater than about 4%. The semiconductor material has a grain size not less than about 10 microns/sup 2/. An anti-reflective layer and electrical contact means are provided. Also disclosed is a subcombination of substrate, intermediate recrystallized film and semiconductor material. Also, methods of formulating the solar cell and subcombination are disclosed.

Inventors:
OSTI Identifier:
5423836
Application Number:
ON: DE84005920
Assignee:
EDB-84-034717
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-77CH00178
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; SOLAR CELLS; DESIGN; MANUFACTURING; ANTIREFLECTION COATINGS; GRAIN SIZE; RECRYSTALLIZATION; SUBSTRATES; COATINGS; CRYSTAL STRUCTURE; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; EQUIPMENT; MICROSTRUCTURE; PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; SIZE; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; 140501* - Solar Energy Conversion- Photovoltaic Conversion

Citation Formats

Mitchell, K.W. Solar cells with low cost substrates, process of making same and article of manufacture. United States: N. p., Web.
Mitchell, K.W. Solar cells with low cost substrates, process of making same and article of manufacture. United States.
Mitchell, K.W. . "Solar cells with low cost substrates, process of making same and article of manufacture". United States.
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abstractNote = {A solar cell is disclosed having a substrate and an intermediate recrystallized film and a semiconductor material capable of absorbing light with the substrate being selected from one of a synthetic organic resin, graphite, glass and a crystalline material having a grain size less than about 1 micron/sup 2/. The intermediate recrystallized film has a grain size in the range of from about 10 microns/sup 2/ to about 10,000 microns/sup 2/ and a lattice mismatch with the semiconductor material not greater than about 4%. The semiconductor material has a grain size not less than about 10 microns/sup 2/. An anti-reflective layer and electrical contact means are provided. Also disclosed is a subcombination of substrate, intermediate recrystallized film and semiconductor material. Also, methods of formulating the solar cell and subcombination are disclosed.},
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