Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications

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Special Issue: Chalcopyrite Thin Film Solar Cells

September 2010

Volume 18, Issue 6

Pages 389–484

Issue edited by: Ayodhya N. Tiwari, Daniel Lincot, Miguel Contreras

  1. Editorials

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Special Issue Papers
    4. Literature Surveys
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      The time for CIGS (page 389)

      Ayodhya N. Tiwari, Daniel Lincot and Miguel Contreras

      Article first published online: 19 JUL 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.1010

  2. Special Issue Papers

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Special Issue Papers
    4. Literature Surveys
    1. The electronic structure of chalcopyrites—bands, point defects and grain boundaries (pages 390–410)

      Susanne Siebentritt, Malgorzata Igalson, Clas Persson and Stephan Lany

      Article first published online: 15 APR 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.936

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      This paper summarizes the recent progress made in understanding the electronic structure of CIGS. Particular emphasis is given to metastable effects and grain boundaries. We carefully combine theoretical and experimental findings.

    2. Buffer layers and transparent conducting oxides for chalcopyrite Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 based thin film photovoltaics: present status and current developments (pages 411–433)

      N. Naghavi, D. Abou-Ras, N. Allsop, N. Barreau, S. Bücheler, A. Ennaoui, C.-H. Fischer, C. Guillen, D. Hariskos, J. Herrero, R. Klenk, K. Kushiya, D. Lincot, R. Menner, T. Nakada, C. Platzer-Björkman, S. Spiering, A.N. Tiwari and T. Törndahl

      Article first published online: 15 APR 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.955

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      The aim of the present contribution is to give a review on the recent work concerning Cd-free buffer and window layers in chalcopyrite solar cells using various deposition techniques as well as on their adaptation to chalcopyrite-type absorbers such as Cu(In,Ga)Se2, CuInS2, or Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2.

    3. Non-vacuum methods for formation of Cu(In, Ga)(Se, S)2 thin film photovoltaic absorbers (pages 434–452)

      C. J. Hibberd, E. Chassaing, W. Liu, D. B. Mitzi, D. Lincot and A. N. Tiwari

      Article first published online: 24 SEP 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.914

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      Polycrystalline thin films of copper indium diselenide and its alloys with gallium and sulphur (CIGS) have proven to be suitable for use as absorbers in high-efficiency solar cells. Non-vacuum methods for CIGS deposition promise low capital expenditure and materials costs and have been used to produce solar cells with efficiencies of up to 14%. This paper will review the wide range of non-vacuum techniques that have been used to deposit CIGS thin films, highlighting the state of the art and efforts towards commercialization.

    4. CIGS absorbers and processes (pages 453–466)

      Shigeru Niki, Miguel Contreras, Ingrid Repins, Michael Powalla, Katsumi Kushiya, Shogo Ishizuka and Koji Matsubara

      Article first published online: 4 AUG 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.969

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      The current status and future perspectives of Cu(In1-xGax)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells and modules will be discussed in this paper. The conversion efficiencies of the state of the art laboratory-scale CIGS solar cells exceeded 20%, which are comparable to those of crystalline Si solar cells. The requirements on the properties of CIGS absorbers to achieve such high efficiencies will be described. The CIGS modules are already commercially available based on two major CIGS deposition techniques such as co-evaporation and selenization. The current status, problems, and prospects of co-evaporation and selenization will also be discussed. High-efficiency flexible CIGS solar cells with efficiencies similar to those fabricated on soda–lime glass (SLG) substrates have been achieved by developing a novel Na incorporation technique. Critical issues to demonstrate high-efficiency flexible solar cells will also be discussed.

    5. Advanced diagnostic and control methods of processes and layers in CIGS solar cells and modules (pages 467–480)

      Roland Scheer, Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez and Wyatt K. Metzger

      Article first published online: 15 APR 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.966

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      CuInGaSSe solar cell production can use laser light scattering for process control as well as Raman scattering and time-resolved photoluminescence for quality control. We discuss the principles, strengths, and weaknesses of these methods and give guidance for their application.

  3. Literature Surveys

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Special Issue Papers
    4. Literature Surveys
    1. Photovoltaics literature survey (no. 80) (pages 481–484)

      Compiled by Santosh Shrestha

      Article first published online: 24 AUG 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.1028

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