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Comparison between different schemes for passivation of multicrystalline silicon solar cells by means of hydrogen plasma and front side oxidation

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7 Author(s)
Ghannam, M. ; IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven, Belgium ; Palmers, G. ; Elgamel, H.E. ; Nijs, J.
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Different schemes for passivation of solar cells fabricated using casted multicrystalline silicon from Eurosolare are investigated. The efficiency of solar cells with front side oxide surface passivation, front side and/or back side hydrogen plasma passivation are compared. It is shown that oxide passivation of the front surface combined with hydrogen passivation from the back side is the optimum passivation scheme. A 16.2% top efficiency is obtained on 4 cm2 cells implementing this passivation scheme and a 16.8% top efficiency is estimated with an optimized ARC combination.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:62 ,  Issue: 11 )

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Mar 1993

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