Advances in Photovoltaics R&D: An Overview

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A summary status of the advanced photovoltaics research and development is presented. These technologies cover two broad areas: (1) Thin-film intermediate efficiency ( greater than 10%) solar cells for flat plate applications, and (2) Single-crystal, high-efficiency ( greater than 30%) solar cells for concentrators. Major progress is highlighted for polycrystalline and amorphous silicon, cadmium sulfide, gallium arsenide, emerging materials, and spectrum-splitting and multiple junction concentrators.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes
Event16th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference - Atlanta, Georgia
Duration: 9 Aug 198114 Aug 1981


Conference16th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference
CityAtlanta, Georgia

NREL Publication Number

  • ACNR/CP-213-4316


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