Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications

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

Impact Factor: 6.726

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 7/92 (Energy & Fuels); 17/147 (Physics Applied); 29/275 (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.

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.


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In 2017, Progress in Photovoltaics once again proudly partnered 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.

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Recently Published Articles

  1. Effect of KF absorber treatment on the functionality of different transparent conductive oxide layers in CIGSe solar cells

    Jan Keller, Francis Chalvet, Jonathan Joel, Asim Aijaz, Tomas Kubart, Lars Riekehr, Marika Edoff, Lars Stolt and Tobias Törndahl

    Version of Record online: 16 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2925

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    In order to optimize the electro-optical properties of transparent conductive oxide layers like ZnO:B or In2O3:H, elevated deposition or annealing temperatures are required. This contribution shows that the corresponding thermal stress leads to a significant deterioration in the performance of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells if they were subjected to a KF post deposition treatment (KF-PDT). It is suggested that a thermally induced redistribution of K (and possibly Na) leads to a creation of a transport barrier and a decrease in doping density.

  2. Technology-specific yield analysis of various photovoltaic module technologies under specific real weather conditions

    J. Bogenrieder, M. Hüttner, P. Luchscheider, J. Hauch, C. Camus and C.J. Brabec

    Version of Record online: 10 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2921

    An approach to rate the performance of modules under specific real weather conditions is introduced, since solar modules are rated according to standard test conditions which do not give evidence of the performance under outdoor conditions. We use the developed approach to rate the performance of 8 different commercially available photovoltaic modules that have been installed and measured in Germany. The evaluation shows that module properties have a major influence on the performance of photovoltaic modules under different weather conditions.

  3. Colloidal quantum dot solar cell power conversion efficiency optimization using analysis of current-voltage characteristics and electrode contact imaging by lock-in carrierography

    Lilei Hu, Mengxia Liu, Andreas Mandelis, Alexander Melnikov and Edward H. Sargent

    Version of Record online: 10 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2920

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    A colloidal quantum dot solar cell (CQDSC) efficiency optimization strategy was developed as a guiding criterion for high-efficiency CQDSC fabrication. Voltage-dependent photocurrents were observed for the high-efficiency CQDSCs and ascribed to low carrier mobility-enhanced carrier recombination. The theoretically demonstrated existence of optimized carrier mobility and bandgap energy for a maximized power conversion efficiency was validated experimentally in our state-of-the-art CQDSCs. Large-area lock-in carrierography carrier diffusion-wave imaging reveals contact lifetime variations at the electrode/colloidal quantum dot interface and correlates with solar efficiency.

  4. Helium permeation as a fast quality indicator for barrier properties of solar cell encapsulates

    Stefan-H. Schulze, Christian Ehrich, Rico Meitzner and Matthias Pander

    Version of Record online: 2 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2922

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    Proton irradiation of CdTe thin film photovoltaics deposited on cerium-doped space glass

    Dan A. Lamb, Craig I. Underwood, Vincent Barrioz, Russell Gwilliam, James Hall, Mark A. Baker and Stuart J.C. Irvine

    Version of Record online: 2 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2923

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    The effects of proton irradiation of CdTe solar cells deposited directly onto radiation hard cover glass were investigated using 0.5-MeV proton energy and different dose rates the cells were subjected. At the lowest fluence, 1 × 1012 cm−2, the relative efficiency of the solar cells was 95%. Increasing the proton dose to 1 × 1013 cm−2 and then 1 × 1014 cm−2 decreased the solar cell efficiency to 82% and 4%, respectively. The degradation in performance was shown to be partially reversible. The CdTe solar cells demonstrated a radiation hardness (to protons) that is far superior to conventional multi-junction III-V solar cells used for space.

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