Advances and Opportunities in the Amorphous Silicon Research Field

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The amorphous materials and thin-film solar cells program was initiated by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1978 and then transferred to the Solar Energy Research Institute. The aim of the present DOE/SERI program is to achieve 5-year DOE research goals by addressing photo?voltaic research in single-junction amorphous thin films as well as the most promising option in high-efficiency,multijunction solar cells. Multiyear subcontract awards initiated in 1983 were designed to demonstrate a stable, small-area, p-i-n solar cell of at least 12% (AMl) efficiency, a stable submodule of at least 8% (AMl) efficiency (total area, 1000 cm ), and a proof-of-concept multijunction amorphous silicon alloy thin-film solar cell that will lead to achieving an 18% efficiency goal in 1988.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages8
    StatePublished - 1984

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-211-2339


    • amorphous materials
    • solar cells
    • thin films


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