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Christopher Kerestes, Yi Wang, Kevin Shreve, James Mutitu, Tim Creazzo, Paola Murcia and Allen Barnett Design, fabrication, and analysis of transparent silicon solar cells for multi-junction assemblies Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 21

Version of Record online: 23 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.1232

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Transparent silicon solar cells can lead to an increased efficiency of silicon-based multi-junction assemblies by transmitting near and below band gap energy light for conversion in a low band gap solar cell. A silicon + germanium system is analyzed, under full illumination and under a filter, to study the optical and photovoltaic effects textured silicon has compared with planar silicon. Although planar silicon allows greater Ge efficiency, textured Si generates greater system efficiency.

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