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Title: Brief review of emerging photovoltaic absorbers

Photovoltaic solar cells have recently made significant commercial progress and are on track toward meeting more than 1% of global energy demand. However, further research is needed on photovoltaic technologies that face no scalability constraints in generating more than 10% of the world's electricity. This 2017 article briefly reviews emerging photovoltaic absorber materials, focusing on research progress over the past 2-3 years. Particular emphasis is given to emerging solar cell absorbers -- for example, SnS, Sb 2Se 3, Cu 2SnS 3, and CuSbSe 2 -- related to established solar cell technologies such as CdTe, Cu(In,Ga)Se 2, and CH 3NH 3PbI 3. Lastly, the general publication and performance trends are discussed, and the promising future research directions are pointed out.
Authors:
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5K00-67927
Journal ID: ISSN 2452-2236
Grant/Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 2452-2236
Publisher:
Elsevier
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)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; solar cells; photovoltaics; absorber materials
OSTI Identifier:
1353420