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Title: Method for processing silicon solar cells

The instant invention teaches a novel method for fabricating silicon solar cells utilizing concentrated solar radiation. The solar radiation is concentrated by use of a solar furnace which is used to form a front surface junction and back-surface field in one processing step. The present invention also provides a method of making multicrystallline silicon from amorphous silicon. The invention also teaches a method of texturing the surface of a wafer by forming a porous silicon layer on the surface of a silicon substrate and a method of gettering impurities. Also contemplated by the invention are methods of surface passivation, forming novel solar cell structures, and hydrogen passivation.
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. (Golden, CO)
  2. (Lafayette, CO)
  3. (Lakewood, CO)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Midwest Research Institute (Kansas City, MO) NREL
Patent Number(s):
US 5627081
Contract Number:
Research Org:
Midwest Research Institute
Country of Publication:
United States
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