Title

Comparison And Optimization Of The Performance Of Si And Gaas Solar-Cells

Title - Alternative

Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells

Keywords

Open-Circuit-Voltage; Quantum Efficiency; Silicon; Lifetimes; Energy & Fuels; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; Physics, Applied

Abstract

Designing solar cells involves optimizing the device makeup, such as the semiconductor layer thickness and the impurity doping concentration, as well as the device parameters, such as the minority-carrier lifetime, the minority-carrier diffusion coefficient, and the surface recombination velocity. Optimization of solar cell performance is normally carried out by varying the device makeup or a particular device parameter and assuming the rest of the parameters are constant. These device parameters, nonetheless, are influenced by the device makeup and should not be considered as independent variables. We calculate the performance of Si and GaAs cells using device-makeup-dependent parameters determined from experimental observations or, if uncertainty arises, from physical judgement based on available information. Both n/p and p/n Si and GaAs optimized cell structures are suggested, For the specific device parameters used, our calculations show conversion efficiencies of 18.75% and 26.8% for the optimized, without texturized surface, Si and GaAs cells, respectively, under one AM1.5 global normal sun condition. For concentrator cell applications, the optimized Si and GaAs cells can yield 22.5% and 30.2% efficiencies, respectively. Comparison of model predications and experimental data shows good agreement.

Publication Title

Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells

Volume

28

Issue/Number

1

Publication Date

1-1-1992

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

9

Last Page

28

WOS Identifier

WOS:A1992JX57800002

ISSN

0927-0248

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