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: 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.

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 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.

EU PVSEC 2017


Recently Published Articles

  1. In situ recycle of PbI2 as a step towards sustainable perovskite solar cells

    Jie Xu, Ziyang Hu, Like Huang, Xiaokun Huang, Xianyu Jia, Jing Zhang, Jianjun Zhang and Yuejin Zhu

    Version of Record online: 21 JUL 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2916

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    This is a manuscript by Jie Xu, Ziyang Hu*, Like Huang, Xiaokun Huang, Xianyu Jia, Jing Zhang, Jianjun Zhang, and Yuejin Zhu and titled “In Situ Recycle of PbI2 as a Step Towards Sustainable Perovskite Solar Cells.” In this paper, high-efficiency perovskite solar cells using in situ recycling PbI2 from thermal decomposition perovskite were developed, demonstrating a process to address the environmental and health issues of lead-based perovskite cells, which offers a step towards sustainable solar technology.

  2. Highly transparent singlet fission solar cell with multistacked thin metal contacts for tandem applications

    Ju Min Lee, Moritz H. Futscher, Luis M. Pazos-Outón and Bruno Ehrler

    Version of Record online: 21 JUL 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2919

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    Singlet fission down conversion can be used to voltage-match a high-band gap solar cell with a silicon solar cell for parallel-connected tandem solar cells. Thus far, the transparency of singlet fission cells is not high enough. Here we show that thin multistacked metals as a top contact of a novel inverted singlet fission solar cell allow for high optical transmittance, leading to >80% average solar cell transmittance in the near-infrared, maintaining more than half of the short-circuit current density.

  3. Evaluation and modeling of the potential effects of a module manufacturing anomaly

    Michael D. Kempe and Dirk C. Jordan

    Version of Record online: 13 JUL 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2908

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    A manufacturing anomaly was found in a subset of modules deployed in a large utility scale project. This potential failure mode was identified during periodic testing of modules during the production run. This potential failure mode was characterized by an interaction between the solder flux and the metallization resulting in electroluminescence dark spots, decreases in fill factor, and increases in series resistance. To assess the potential impact, modules were exposed to varying conditions of high temperature and high humidity to allow for extrapolation to the field environment. This study indicates a low probability that this problem will be seen over the project lifetime and thus is a good case study as to why failure in damp heat should be followed up by further experimentation to assess its relevance.

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    Annual degradation rates of recent crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules

    Tetsuyuki Ishii and Atsushi Masuda

    Version of Record online: 10 JUL 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2903

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    Tree indicators were used to estimate the annual degradation rates of the various recently produced c-Si photovoltaic (PV) modules. Although the performance of the newly installed PV modules decreased by over 2% owing to initial light-induced degradation, little or no performance degradation was observed in all the PV modules composed of p-type solar cells after the stabilization. However, the PV modules composed of n-type solar cells clearly displayed performance degradation originating from the reduction of VOC or potential-induced degradation.

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