Research on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    Since the 16th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, the focus of the Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell Task at the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) has narrowed somewhat. Responsibility for silicon material preparation and ribbon growth were consolidated at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the end of FY 1983. Five subcontracts were awarded under RFP No. RB-2-02090, 'Research onBasic Understanding of High Efficiency in Silicon Solar Cells.' JPL and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are also working on high efficiency solar cell research under SERI subcontract. Reports of past solar cell improvements have prompted appreciable interest in the physical, chemical, and elec?trical transport properties of grain boundaries and other electrically active defects. Studies to achievebetter understanding of the hydrogen passivation process are be?ing conducted at various subcontractors, and our in-house research continues. This paper presents the results of these efforts as well as future directions.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages6
    StatePublished - 1984

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-211-2347


    • crystalline silicon solar cells
    • grain boundaries (GBS)
    • hydrogen passivation


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