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Title: 17.1%-Efficient Multi-Scale-Textured Black Silicon Solar Cells without Dielectric Antireflection Coating

In this work we present 17.1%-efficient p-type single crystal Si solar cells with a multi-scale-textured surface and no dielectric antireflection coating. Multi-scale texturing is achieved by a gold-nanoparticle-assisted nanoporous etch after conventional micron scale KOH-based pyramid texturing (pyramid black etching). By incorporating geometric enhancement of antireflection, this multi-scale texturing reduces the nanoporosity depth required to make silicon `black' compared to nanoporous planar surfaces. As a result, it improves short-wavelength spectral response (blue response), previously one of the major limiting factors in `black-Si' solar cells. With multi-scale texturing, the spectrum-weighted average reflectance from 350- to 1000-nm wavelength is below 2% with a 100-nm deep nanoporous layer. In comparison, roughly 250-nm deep nanopores are needed to achieve similar reflectance on planar surface. Here, we characterize surface morphology, reflectivity and solar cell performance of the multi-scale textured solar cells.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1048593
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: [Proceedings] 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC '11), 19-24 June 2011, Seattle, Washington; Related Information: See NREL/CP-5200-50707 for preprint
Publisher:
Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; ANTIREFLECTION COATINGS; DIELECTRIC MATERIALS; ETCHING; MONOCRYSTALS; MORPHOLOGY; PERFORMANCE; REFLECTIVITY; SILICON; SILICON SOLAR CELLS; SOLAR CELLS; SPECTRAL RESPONSE; WAVELENGTHS; Solar Energy - Photovoltaics