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Title: Photo-voltaic power generating means and methods

Abstract

A photo-voltaic power cell based on a photoelectric semiconductor compound and the method of using and making the same. The semiconductor compound in the photo-voltaic power cell of the present invention can be electrolytically formed at a cathode in an electrolytic solution by causing discharge or decomposition of ions or molecules of a non-metallic component with deposition of the non-metallic component on the cathode and simultaneously providing ions of a metal component which discharge and combine with the non-metallic component at the cathode thereby forming the semiconductor compound film material thereon. By stoichiometrically adjusting the amounts of the components, or otherwise by introducing dopants into the desired amounts, an N-type layer can be formed and thereafter a P-type layer can be formed with a junction therebetween. The invention is effective in producing homojunction semiconductor materials and heterojunction semiconductor materials. The present invention also provides a method of using three electrodes in order to form the semiconductor compound material on one of these electrodes. Various examples are given for manufacturing different photo-voltaic cells in accordance with the present invention.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. (Los Angeles, CA)
  2. (Marina del Rey, CA)
  3. (Camarillo, CA)
  4. (Ambler, PA)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
MONOSOLAR INC
OSTI Identifier:
864834
Patent Number(s):
4425194
Application Number:
06/460,013
Assignee:
Monosolar, Inc. (CA) OSTI
DOE Contract Number:  
AC01-76ET20218
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
photo-voltaic; power; generating; means; methods; cell; based; photoelectric; semiconductor; compound; method; electrolytically; formed; cathode; electrolytic; solution; causing; discharge; decomposition; molecules; non-metallic; component; deposition; simultaneously; providing; metal; combine; forming; film; material; thereon; stoichiometrically; adjusting; amounts; components; otherwise; introducing; dopants; desired; n-type; layer; thereafter; p-type; junction; therebetween; effective; producing; homojunction; materials; heterojunction; provides; electrodes; form; various; examples; manufacturing; cells; accordance; photo-voltaic power; simultaneously providing; p-type layer; generating means; electrolytic solution; semiconductor compound; power generating; metal component; semiconductor materials; semiconductor material; compound film; film material; material thereon; n-type layer; junction therebetween; metallic component; compound material; desired amount; cell based; power cell; introducing dopant; desired amounts; photoelectric semiconductor; /205/136/

Citation Formats

Kroger, Ferdinand A., Rod, Robert L., Panicker, Ramachandra M. P., and Knaster, Mark B. Photo-voltaic power generating means and methods. United States: N. p., 1984. Web.
Kroger, Ferdinand A., Rod, Robert L., Panicker, Ramachandra M. P., & Knaster, Mark B. Photo-voltaic power generating means and methods. United States.
Kroger, Ferdinand A., Rod, Robert L., Panicker, Ramachandra M. P., and Knaster, Mark B. Tue . "Photo-voltaic power generating means and methods". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/864834.
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title = {Photo-voltaic power generating means and methods},
author = {Kroger, Ferdinand A. and Rod, Robert L. and Panicker, Ramachandra M. P. and Knaster, Mark B.},
abstractNote = {A photo-voltaic power cell based on a photoelectric semiconductor compound and the method of using and making the same. The semiconductor compound in the photo-voltaic power cell of the present invention can be electrolytically formed at a cathode in an electrolytic solution by causing discharge or decomposition of ions or molecules of a non-metallic component with deposition of the non-metallic component on the cathode and simultaneously providing ions of a metal component which discharge and combine with the non-metallic component at the cathode thereby forming the semiconductor compound film material thereon. By stoichiometrically adjusting the amounts of the components, or otherwise by introducing dopants into the desired amounts, an N-type layer can be formed and thereafter a P-type layer can be formed with a junction therebetween. The invention is effective in producing homojunction semiconductor materials and heterojunction semiconductor materials. The present invention also provides a method of using three electrodes in order to form the semiconductor compound material on one of these electrodes. Various examples are given for manufacturing different photo-voltaic cells in accordance with the present invention.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1984},
month = {1}
}

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