In this work, the design, fabrication and characterisation of a millimetre-size photovoltaic (PV) energy source is described. The fabrication process is based on p-type silicon-on-insulator wafers. It is shown that scaling up the number of cells from 9 to 169 makes the open-circuit voltage to increase from 3.6 to 101.5 V with generated power densities ranging from 2.07 to 6.7 mW/cm2 under 100 mW/cm2 standard AM 1.5 Global Spectrum. A prototype consisting of a PV mini-module connected to a mini-battery has been assembled, modelled and characterised. The results show that the mini-PV source can be used in low power applications. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
If you can't find a tool you're looking for, please click the link at the top of the page to "Go to old article view". Alternatively, view our Knowledge Base articles for additional help. Your feedback is important to us, so please let us know if you have comments or ideas for improvement.