Extension of PV Optics to include front metallization

Debraj Guhabiswas, Bhushan Sopori, Rene Rivero, N. M. Ravindra

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PV Optics is an optical design package that was developed about a decade ago and has been extensively used since then for design of c-Si, and multijunction a-Si solar cells by researchers and engineers. However, this software did not have the capability to include the front metallization into the device structure. We have now developed version 3.0 of PV Optics, which overcomes this limitation and can be used for most of the current electrode designs for crystalline Si solar cells. A summary of this addition along with the results of a detailed study of the effect of front electrode architecture on the performance of (100) textured monocrystalline cells have been presented here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479932993
StatePublished - 2013
Event39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013 - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2013Jun 21 2013

Publication series

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


Other39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTampa, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • Algorithm development
  • Crystalline materials
  • Optical simulations
  • Ray-tracing
  • Silicon
  • Solar cells


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