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. High photo-conversion efficiency in double-graded Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 thin film solar cells with two-step sulfurization post-treatment

    Gee Yeong Kim, JungYup Yang, Trang Thi Thu Nguyen, Seokhyun Yoon, Junggyu Nam, Dongho Lee, Dongseop Kim, Minsu Kwon, Chan-Wook Jeon, Yoon-Koo Kim, Seung-Yong Lee, Miyoung Kim and William Jo

    Version of Record online: 27 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2833

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    This study uses a sulfurization process to obtain a double-graded bandgap profile. The CIGSSe thin film that underwent a two-step sulfurization process exhibited a single work function peak, better crystallinity, and high conversion efficiency relative to the thin film that underwent a one-step sulfurization process.

  2. Encapsulation and backsheet adhesion metrology for photovoltaic modules

    Jared Tracy, Nick Bosco, Fernando Novoa and Reinhold Dauskardt

    Version of Record online: 26 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2817

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    We present an adhesion metrology that can be used to assess long-term reliability of photovoltaic modules. Using width-tapered cantilever beam fracture specimens, interfacial adhesion was evaluated on encapsulation and backsheet structures of new and 27-year-old historic modules. Relative to new module materials, backsheet adhesion was 95% and 98% lower for historic modules that were exposed (operated in the field) and unexposed (stored on-site, but out of direct sunlight), respectively. Encapsulation adhesion was 87–94% lower in the exposed modules and 31% lower in the unexposed module.

  3. In situ sulfurization to generate Sb2(Se1 − xSx)3 alloyed films and their application for photovoltaics

    Bo Yang, Sikai Qin, Ding-jiang Xue, Chao Chen, Yi-su He, Dongmei Niu, Han Huang and Jiang Tang

    Version of Record online: 26 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2819

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    High efficiency CdS/Sb2(Se1 − xSx)3 thin film solar cells are produced through introducing a simple in situ sulfurization step during the rapid thermal evaporation of Sb2Se3 film. By optimizing the sulfurization process, we have successfully obtained a champion device exhibiting 5.79% efficiency with a VOC of 0.50 V, JSC of 22.33 mA/cm2 and FF of 52.19%.

  4. Degradation and regeneration in mc-Si after different gettering steps

    Annika Zuschlag, Daniel Skorka and Giso Hahn

    Version of Record online: 26 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2832

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    Light and elevated temperature induced degradation affects significantly the performance of multicrystalline silicon PERC solar cells, and the underlying mechanisms are still unknown. We show that all areas are affected, but effective gettering steps influence significantly the degree of degradation, with P-gettering being more effective than Al-gettering. A model is presented describing the degradation based on getterable and redistributable impurities.

  5. Failure analysis on lattice matched GaInP/Ga(In)As/Ge commercial concentrator solar cells after temperature accelerated life tests

    Vincenzo Orlando, Mercedes Gabás, Beatriz Galiana, Pilar Espinet-González, Santiago Palanco, Neftali Nuñez, Manuel Vázquez, Kenji Araki and Carlos Algora

    Version of Record online: 21 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2818

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    In this paper, failure analysis has been carried out after a temperature-accelerated life test on lattice matched triple junction commercial solar cells. Solar cells were forward biased in darkness inside climatic chambers in order to emulate the photo-generated current under nominal working conditions. Current is the cause of degradation while temperature dominates the accelerating factor of the 1`aging test.