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Avi Braun, Eugene A. Katz and Jeffrey M. Gordon Basic aspects of the temperature coefficients of concentrator solar cell performance parameters Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 21

Version of Record online: 9 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2210

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The basis for the temperature dependence of the principal performance parameters of single and multi-junction concentrator solar cells is examined, focusing on the impact of bandgap and irradiance. The analysis of cells in the radiative limit establishes fundamental bounds. A quasi-empirical model yields predictions consistent with available data. The degree to which the efficiency penalty associated with cell heating can be mitigated by high irradiance is also evaluated.

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