NREL Collaboration Breaks 1-Volt Barrier in CdTe Solar Technology

Wyatt Metzger

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


NREL scientists have worked with Washington State University and the University of Tennessee to improve the maximum voltage available from CdTe solar cells. Changes in dopants, stoichiometry, interface design, and defect chemistry improved the CdTe conductivity and carrier lifetime by orders of magnitude, thus enabling CdTe solar cells with open-circuit voltages exceeding 1 volt for the first time. Values of current density and fill factor for CdTe solar cells are already at high levels, but sub-par voltages has been a barrier to improved efficiencies. With voltages pushed beyond 1 volt, CdTe cells have a path to produce electricity at costs less than fossil fuels.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5K00-66434


  • cadmium telluride
  • CdTe
  • solar


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