Optimization of Processing and Modeling Issues for Thin Film Solar Cell Devices Including Concepts for the Development of Polycrystalline Multijunctions: Annual Report, 24 August 1998-23 August 1999

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report

Abstract

This report describes results achieved during phase I of a three-phase subcontract to develop and understand thin-film solar cell technology associated to CuInSe2 and related alloys, a-Si and its alloys, and CdTe. Modules based on all these thin films are promising candidates to meet DOE long-range efficiency, reliability, and manufacturing cost goals. The critical issues being addressed underthis program are intended to provide the science and engineering basis for the development of viable commercial processes and to improve module performance. The generic research issues addressed are: 1) quantitative analysis of processing steps to provide information for efficient commercial-scale equipment design and operation; 2) device characterization relating the device performance tomaterials properties and process conditions; 3) development of alloy materials with different bandgaps to allow improved device structures for stability and compatibility with module design; 4) development of improved window/heterojunction layers and contacts to improve device performance and reliability; and 5) evaluation of cell stability with respect to illumination, temperature, and ambientand with respect to device structure and module encapsulation.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages130
StatePublished - 2000

Bibliographical note

Work performed by University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-520-28783

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