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: 10/92 (Energy & Fuels); 17/148 (Physics Applied); 31/275 (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 Cu-deficient layer formation in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar-cell performance

    Takahito Nishimura, Soma Toki, Hiroki Sugiura, Kazuyoshi Nakada and Akira Yamada

    Version of Record online: 15 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2972

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    The possibilities to improve the efficiency of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells by introducing a Cu-deficient layer (CDL) at the CdS/CIGS interface were demonstrated through evaluation of CIGS and Cu(In,Ga)3Se5 single films, device simulation, and comprehensive evaluation of an 18.5% efficient CIGS solar cell. It was found that CDL leads to the formation of valence band offset and promotion of Cd-diffusion, most importantly discovered the effectiveness of valence band offset formation and difficulty of Cd-diffusion for enhancement of device performance.

  2. Solar cell efficiency tables (version 51) (pages 3–12)

    Martin A. Green, Yoshihiro Hishikawa, Ewan D. Dunlop, Dean H. Levi, Jochen Hohl-Ebinger and Anita W.Y. Ho-Baillie

    Version of Record online: 14 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2978

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    Consolidated tables showing an extensive listing of the highest independently confirmed efficiencies for solar cells and modules are presented. Guidelines for inclusion of results into these tables are outlined and new entries since July 2017 are reviewed, together with progress over the last 25 years. Appendices are included documenting area definitions and also listing recognised test centres.

  3. Managing technical risks in PV investments: How to quantify the impact of risk mitigation measures for different PV project phases?

    Ulrike Jahn, Magnus Herz, David Moser, Giorgio Belluardo and Mauricio Richter

    Version of Record online: 12 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2970

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    The cost priority number (CPN) analysis shows that for 99% of all mitigation measure combinations, the scenarios will result in economic benefit by reducing the CPN to values lower than the reference (104.75 €/kWp/year). Preventive mitigation measures have the highest impact on CPN compared to corrective mitigation measures, for instance, qualification of Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC), and design review will reduce the CPN to 40 €/kWp/year. Savings up to 90 €/kWp/year appear possible for the best combinations of selected mitigation measures.

  4. Two-step selenization using nozzle free Se shower for Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film solar cell

    Yu Jin Song, Jeong-Yoon Kang, Gun Yeol Baek, Jin A Bae, So Hyun Yang and Chan-Wook Jeon

    Version of Record online: 12 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2976

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    • Realization of a nozzle-free Se shower using a porous medium that selectively passes Se vapor.
    • As a low-cost, very simple Se vapor supply method, it can be used as a large-area Se supply equipment simply by extending the shower area.
    • A significantly higher Ga content was obtained in the space charge region and the highest open-circuit voltage of 638 V among the CIGS absorbers obtained by 2-step selenization process.
  5. The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) of photovoltaic modules—Lessons learned from the environmental footprint pilot phase on the way to a single market for green products in the European Union

    Andreas Wade, Philippe Stolz, Rolf Frischknecht, Garvin Heath and Parikhit Sinha

    Version of Record online: 12 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2956

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    Through the formation of a broad coalition of industrial, scientific, and societal stakeholders, the Product Environmental Footprint Guide of the European Commission was applied to photovoltaic electricity generation by developing, testing, and evaluating Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules. This political mandate, as well as the provision of an inclusive, transparent, and interactive testing environment during the environmental footprint pilot phase from 2013 to 2016 enabled the establishment of a common basis for measuring and communicating the environmental performance of photovoltaic electricity generation, which can be recognized by all market actors as well as regulators across Europe.

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