Outdoor Operation of GaInP/GaAs/Ge Triple Junction Concentrator Solar Cells Up to 1000 Suns

H. Cotal, R. Sherif, A. Paredes, G. Glenn, D. Krut, N. H. Karam, J. Kiehl, K. Emery

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Results from GaInP/GaAs/Ge, triple-junction concentrator solar cells of larger area than what is typically reported are presented for outdoor measurements up to 1000 suns. The IV characteristics of solar cell assemblies measured under steady illumination at various concentration levels are reported. For a cell aperture area of 0.605×0.605 cm 2, the efficiency reached 34.2% at 161 suns and is in close agreement with 33.4% at 52 suns measured by the HIPSS at NREL for cells of the same type and size. Near 1000 suns, the outdoor efficiency is 27.88% with fill factor of 77.7%. The dependence of the V oc on concentration is linear from the data obtained from the HIPSS and nonlinear, specifically at higher concentration levels, for the outdoor tests. Their different V oc. behavior with concentration is due to heat effects. All outdoors test results showed no cell failures even as high as 1000 suns!


Conference3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-3): Joint Conference of 13th PV Science and Engineering Conference, 30th IEEE PV Specialists Conference, and 18th European PV Solar Energy Conference
CityOsaka, Japan

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-36511


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