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High-Efficiency Full Back Contacted Cells Using Industrial Processes

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Full-size (156 ×156 mm2) interdigitated back contact (IBC) solar cells have been developed with conventional industry processes. With PC1D simulation and short-flow experiment verification, we found that the tunnel junction shunting of rear n+/p+ could be mitigated significantly by controlling the boron surface concentration; therefore, it is not necessary to form a gap between rear emitter and back surface field. Made by a novel yet relative simple process, the IBC cells preliminarily achieved 19.65% best efficiency with Jsc and Voc as high as 40.5 mA/cm2 and 655 mV, respectively, while FF was only 73.9% due to the low pseudo fill factor (Pff) and high series resistance. Through the optimization of the rear pattern process, Pff was improved up to 82.5% and FF up to 77%. With further optimization of emitter, front surface field, passivation, and rear pattern design, the cells potentially can achieve up to 22.0% efficiency in the near future.

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Photovoltaics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan. 2014

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