Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications

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Edited By: Martin A. Green, Ryne P. Raffaelle, Tim M. Bruton, Jean-Francois Guillemoles

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 5/88 (Energy & Fuels); 14/145 (Physics Applied); 24/271 (Materials Science Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1099-159X

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Aims and Scope and Partnership with Eu PVSEC

Progress in Photovoltaics offers a prestigious forum for reporting advances in this rapidly developing technology, aiming to reach all interested professionals, researchers and energy policy-makers.

Due to the huge growth of interest in the field, we now receive far more paper submissions than we can ever hope to publish in the journal. It has therefore become necessary to revise the Aims and Scope to be more restrictive in the types of papers that are encouraged and to clarify those that are not.

True to the journal’s title, the key criterion is that submitted papers should report substantial “progress” in photovoltaics. The full Aims and Scope of Progress in Photovoltaics can be found on the Overview page.


In 2016, Progress in Photovoltaics once again proudly partners with the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC). Through the partnership the best research papers from the event will be published in Progress in Photovoltaics, the high impact, international journal for the latest research in photovoltaic technology.


Recently Published Articles

  1. Predetermined static configurations of a partially shaded photovoltaic module

    Buvana Lefevre, Stef Peeters, Jef Poortmans and Johan Driesen

    Version of Record online: 18 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2834

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    We propose a method to compute the energy yield of a photovoltaic module subject to partial shading. By applying constraints, we generate series-parallel cell configurations that are practically feasible, and identify the configuration characteristics that consistently yield a higher energy. We show that by proper design of the PV module's configuration the energy yield can be significantly improved over that of the conventional configuration.

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    On the temperature dependence of dual-junction laser power converters

    S. Kasimir Reichmuth, Henning Helmers, Simon P. Philipps, Michael Schachtner, Gerald Siefer and Andreas W. Bett

    Version of Record online: 11 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2814

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    Dual-junction GaAs laser power converters are experimentally evaluated. Temperature-dependent external quantum efficiency and monochromatic current–voltage measurements at 809 nm have been undertaken. The temperature dependence of the current matching of the two GaAs subcells is quantified. Losses in performance due to variations in operating temperature for power-by-light applications are calculated to be between 16.2% and 21.0%. Future potential enhancements in cell performance are discussed. For elevated temperatures, super-linear behavior of the spectral response with increasing irradiance is observed, which is attributed to effective luminescent coupling.

  3. Radiometer calibration methods and resulting irradiance differences

    Aron Habte, Manajit Sengupta, Afshin Andreas, Ibrahim Reda and Justin Robinson

    Version of Record online: 7 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2812

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    This study investigated calibration responsivities provided by NREL's Broadband Outdoor Calibration (BORCAL) and a few prominent manufacturers. These different methods of calibration resulted in +1% to +2% differences in solar irradiance measurement thereby demonstrating that calibration differences have significant measurement impacts. Analyzing these differences will ultimately assist in the development of a consensus standard for calibration and improve the bankability of solar projects.

  4. Modeling the potential of screen printed front junction CZ silicon solar cell with tunnel oxide passivated back contact

    Chia-Wei Chen, Martin Hermle, Jan Benick, Yuguo Tao, Young-Woo Ok, Ajay Upadhyaya, Andrew M. Tam and Ajeet Rohatgi

    Version of Record online: 4 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2809

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    Carrier selective passivated contact composed of thin oxide, n + polycrystalline Si and metal on top of n-Si absorber can significantly lower the recombination current density while providing excellent specific contact resistance. This paper shows a methodology to model such passivated contact cells using Sentaurus device model. We first validated the methodology by modeling a 24.9% reference cell. The model is then extended to assess the efficiency potential of TOPCon cells on commercial grade n-type Cz material with screen-printed front contacts.

  5. Progress in thin film CIGS photovoltaics – Research and development, manufacturing, and applications

    Thomas Feurer, Patrick Reinhard, Enrico Avancini, Benjamin Bissig, Johannes Löckinger, Peter Fuchs, Romain Carron, Thomas Paul Weiss, Julian Perrenoud, Stephan Stutterheim, Stephan Buecheler and Ayodhya N. Tiwari

    Version of Record online: 3 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2811

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    In this review, the recent developments and trends of research in laboratories and industrial achievements communicated within the last years are reviewed. The major developments linked to alkali post deposition treatment and composition grading in Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGS), surface passivation, buffer, and transparent contact layers are emphasized. Future concepts as for example CIGS-based tandem solar cells and improvements in low light device performance are discussed, and some challenges of the technology transfer from lab to industry are investigated.