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: 10/92 (Energy & Fuels); 17/148 (Physics Applied); 31/275 (Materials Science Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1099-159X

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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.


Recently Published Articles

  1. Device physics underlying silicon heterojunction and passivating-contact solar cells: A topical review

    Raghu V. K. Chavali, Stefaan De Wolf and Muhammad A. Alam

    Version of Record online: 15 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2959

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    An end-to-end modeling and characterization framework is essential for system development of heterojunction solar cell technology. In this paper, the authors discuss a multiscale and process-to-module modeling framework; review the technology milestones, current status, and levelized cost of energy–based cost analysis; and explain how the complexity of carrier transport and electrostatics define the performance and reliability characteristics of this promising solar cell technology.

  2. Verifying defective PV-modules by IR-imaging and controlling with module optimizers

    Claudia Buerhop, Frank W. Fecher, Tobias Pickel, Adrian Häring, Tim Adamski, Christian Camus, Jens Hauch and Christoph J. Brabec

    Version of Record online: 11 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2985

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    Quality control and efficient operation of PV-systems can be achieved for example by occasional IR-imaging or tracking with module optimizers. Module failures affect the electrical properties, which influence the module power and yield as well as the temperature distribution during operation. Mapping of the irregular temperature distribution and the module power or yield allow the identification of module failures and the impact on the power output.

  3. Evolution of cell cracks in PV-modules under field and laboratory conditions

    Claudia Buerhop, Sven Wirsching, Andreas Bemm, Tobias Pickel, Philipp Hohmann, Monika Nieß, Christian Vodermayer, Alexander Huber, Bernhard Glück, Julia Mergheim, Christian Camus, Jens Hauch and Christoph J. Brabec

    Version of Record online: 28 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2975

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    This work highlights a twofold approach for life-time study of precracked modules: (1) outdoor exposure of precracked modules for 1 year and (2) artificial stressing of precracked modules with a novel load test setup simulating snow and wind loads. The outdoor exposure reveals that at moderate weather conditions, no changes were detectable. Accelerated loading tests, performed in parallel, point out that underpressure causes severe cracks and fracture at elevated pressure. Surprisingly, cracks visible under loading disappear in the unloaded stage.

  4. Fabrication and temperature-dependent performance of aluminum-alloyed back-junction n-type silicon solar cells

    Shuai Li, Guanhua Lin, Yang Li, Zhen Li, Wenxiu Gao, Qijin Cheng and Chao Chen

    Version of Record online: 28 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2982

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    We fabricated aluminum-alloyed back-junction n-type silicon solar cells on well-established industrial production line of p-type silicon solar cells. High efficiencies are achieved based on both uncompensated and compensated silicon. By our investigations, the aluminum-alloyed back-junction silicon solar cells feature lower absolute temperature coefficient especially for moderate carrier diffusion lengths. Moreover, the lowest absolute temperature coefficient is obtained on the aluminum-alloyed back-junction solar cell when the compensated silicon is used. In addition, the mechanism of lower temperature coefficient is thoroughly investigated.

  5. The view-factor effect shaping of I-V characteristics

    Assaf Peled and Joseph Appelbaum

    Version of Record online: 19 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2979

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    The diffuse radiation is coupled with the PV module's view factor to sky, such that the latter can be factored into the various mechanisms that diminish the output power. Study of the viewfactor also highlights the formation of step patterns across the module's I-V characteristics. The power losses incurred by the view factor effect may range from 3% to 25% with respect to nominal, depending on the rate of diffuse irradiation on site.