Advancements in PV multicrystalline silicon solar cells from 1980 to 2010 - An overview

Vinay Budhraja, Durga Misra, N. M. Ravindra

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Abstract

The use of multicrystalline silicon solar cells has increased in the past decade because of its associated reduced cost and high efficiency. This paper discusses the various fabrication and characterization techniques that have been utilized in the advancement of multicrystalline silicon solar cells. The scientific understandings which helped to improve the cell efficiency from approximately 7% in 1980 to 20.3% in 2004 are discussed in this work. Additionally, this study provides an analysis of results of mc-Si solar cells that may lead to efficiency >18% in industrial mc-Si solar cells. An extensive evaluation from material growth to cell processing is also discussed. Although there is no direct relation between the influence of grain boundary or dislocation and solar cell performance, the understanding of its influence on various solar cell parameters has led to improvement in its performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgram - 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011
Pages1032-1037
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2011Jun 24 2011

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Other

Other37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period6/19/116/24/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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