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Development of large area thin crystalline silicon-film solar cells

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9 Author(s)
A. M. Barnett ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Delaware Univ., Newark, DE, USA ; F. A. Domian ; B. W. Feycock ; D. H. Ford
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The development of thin polycrystalline silicon-film solar cells on low-cost ceramic substrates for commercial power applications is presented. The silicon-film solar cell design uses light trapping to achieve increases in voltage, current, and efficiency compared to conventional thick polycrystalline solar cells. The device analysis indicates that a solar cell conversion efficiency of 19% is achievable using thin (30 mu m) polycrystalline silicon-film designs. This performance prediction exceeds that of the conventional thick (400 mu m) polycrystalline silicon solar cell. 1 cm/sup 2/, 14.2% laboratory-scale and a 78 cm/sup 2/, 8.5% commercial size solar cell are demonstrated.<>

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Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 1988., Conference Record of the Twentieth IEEE

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26-30 Sept. 1988