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: 7.365

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. Is conversion efficiency still relevant to qualify advanced multi-junction solar cells?

    Alexis Vossier, Alberto Riverola, Daniel Chemisana, Alain Dollet and Christian A. Gueymard

    Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2853

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    This study investigates the capacity of multi-junction (MJ) solar cells comprising up to 10 subcells to accommodate a wide range of spectral characteristics of the incident radiation. A systematic study is performed, aimed at a realistic estimation of the energy output of MJ-based concentrating photovoltaic systems at characteristic locations selected to represent a large range of climatic conditions. We show that optimal MJ architectures could have between 4 and 7 subcells. Beyond seven subcells, the slight gains in peak efficiency are likely outweighed by detrimental increases in dependence on local conditions and in annual yield variability

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    Comprehensive characterisation and analysis of PV module performance under real operating conditions

    Atse Louwen, Arjen C. de Waal, Ruud E. I. Schropp, André P. C. Faaij and Wilfried G. J. H. M. van Sark

    Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2848

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    We characterised and analysed the effect of irradiance, temperature, spectrally distributed irradiance and angle-of-incidence on the outdoor performance of eight PV modules. Our results show that variation in irradiance and module temperature generally affect performance the strongest, resulting in a performance effect ranging from +2.8% to -3.2% and -0.5% to -2.2%, respectively. The combined effect of all parameters results in an annual yield deviation ranging from +1.2% to -5.9%.

  3. A woven fabric for interconnecting back-contact solar cells

    Tom Borgers, Jonathan Govaerts, Eszter Voroshazi, Shruti Jambaldinni, Barry O'Sullivan, Sukhvinder Singh, Maarten Debucquoy, Jozef Szlufcik and Jef Poortmans

    Version of Record online: 6 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2851

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    A new approach for interconnecting back-contact cells is introduced, where an array of wires is floats above the cell metallization because of the use of glass fibres in a woven fabric. The interconnection is realized by solder paste forming a contact between cell metallization and wires, and interruption of these wires at certain locations to provide the appropriate electrical pattern. First simulations towards performance and costs, proof-of-concepts and reliability tests are elaborated.

  4. Bandgap imaging in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 photovoltaic modules by electroluminescence

    Matevž Bokalič, Bart E. Pieters, Andreas Gerber, Uwe Rau and Marko Topič

    Version of Record online: 2 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2846

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    A non-destructive bandgap imaging method based on electroluminescence imaging is presented and consists of a calibration and an imaging procedure. The apparent bandgap of the solar cell absorber is calculated from the ratio of two electroluminescence images acquired in different spectral ranges. Bandgap imaging is demonstrated on commercial Cu(In,Ga)Se2 photovoltaic module and reveals bandgap fluctuations between 1.07 and 1.15 eV.

  5. 23.2% laser processed back contact solar cell: fabrication, characterization and modeling

    Morris Dahlinger, Kai Carstens, Erik Hoffmann, Renate Zapf-Gottwick and Jürgen H. Werner

    Version of Record online: 2 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2854

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    We use two laser doping and two laser ablation steps to pattern the complex rear side doping and metallization to manufacture ICB solar cells. We achieve a certified efficiency 23.24% on n-type Cz wafers. Optical and electrical modeling results are in good agreement with measured reflection, quantum efficiency and J/V curves. A free energy loss analysis reveals the bulk as the main loss contributor followed by the doped surfaces.