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AlGaAs tunnel junction for high efficiency multi-junction solar cells: Simulation and measurement of temperature-dependent operation

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12 Author(s)
Wheeldon, J.F. ; Centre for Res. in Photonics, Univ. of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada ; Valdivia, C.E. ; Walker, A. ; Kolhatkar, G.
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AlGaAs tunnel junctions are shown to be well-suited to concentrated photovoltaics where temperatures and current densities can be dramatically higher than for 1-sun flat-panel systems. Detailed comparisons of AlGaAs/AlGaAs tunnel junction experimental measurements over a range of temperatures expected during device operation in concentrator systems are presented. Experimental and simulation results are compared in an effort to decouple the tunnel junction from the overall multi-junction solar cell. The tunnel junction resistance is experimentally studied as a function of the temperature to determine its contribution to overall efficiency of the solar cell. The current-voltage behavior of the isolated TJ shows that as the temperature is increased from 25°C to 85°C, the resistance decreases from ~4.7×10-4 ¿·cm2 to ~0.3×10-4 ¿·cm2 for the operational range of a multi-junction solar cell under concentration.

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Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 2009 34th IEEE

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7-12 June 2009