Brief Review of Emerging Photovoltaic Absorbers

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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, Sb2Se3, Cu2SnS3, and CuSbSe2—related to established solar cell technologies such as CdTe, Cu(In,Ga)Se2, and CH3NH3PbI3. Finally, the general publication and performance trends are discussed, and the promising future research directions are pointed out.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)8-15
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017

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© 2017 Elsevier B.V.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5K00-67927


  • absorber materials
  • photovoltaics
  • solar cells


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