Chapter 1: Introduction - Motivation of Polycrystalline Thin-Film Solar Cells

Wyatt Metzger

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Thin-film solar cell development may be conceptualized as improving processes to lower costs and improve performance, with characterization as a guide along the way. Yet, pushing the boundaries of characterization is as much at the core of thin-film solar cell development as material synthesis. As PV continues to mature, there is an endless drive to improve performance to compete. Hence, PV technology is striving for increasing levels of perfection, requiring a corresponding sophistication in characterization and understanding. Consequently, the topic of this book -advanced characterization-is timely and critical to develop the potential of thin-film solar technology.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationAdvanced Characterization of Thin Film Solar Cells
EditorsM. Al-Jassim, N. Haegel
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5K00-79998


  • material synthesis
  • polycrystalline thin-film solar cells
  • PV technology
  • thin-film solar cell development
  • thin-film solar technology


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