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Alloying From Screen-Printed Aluminum Pastes Containing Boron Additives

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4 Author(s)
Rauer, M. ; Fraunhofer Inst. for Solar Energy Syst., Freiburg, Germany ; Schmiga, C. ; Glatthaar, M. ; Glunz, S.W.

We present a detailed study on alloying from screen-printed aluminum pastes containing boron additives (Al-B pastes) to further enhance the efficiency of p- and n-type silicon solar cells with an Al-alloyed back-surface field and rear emitter, respectively. Due to the high B solubility in Si, the additional incorporation of B atoms as acceptors into the Al-alloyed p+ region-referred to as Al-B codoping of Si-provides improved shielding of electrons from the recombination-active surface. Thus, alloying from Al-B pastes allows for significantly thinner p + regions and leads to a considerable reduction of the p + saturation current densities. By comparing surface-passivated p+ regions alloyed from Al-B pastes or conventional Al pastes with each other, we show that a highly recombination-active defect limits the minority carrier lifetime in these p+ regions. We demonstrate that the acceptor concentration profiles of the p+ regions can easily be modified by adding different amounts of aluminum diboride or boron trioxide as B sources to the Al pastes.

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Photovoltaics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan. 2013

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