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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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. Semi-transparent plastic solar cell based on oxide-metal-oxide multilayer electrodes

    Dong Chan Lim, Jae Hoon Jeong, Kihyon Hong, Sungho Nho, Joo-Yul Lee, Quoc Viet Hoang, Sang Kyu Lee, Kyunglim Pyo, Dongil Lee and Shinuk Cho

    Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2965

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    High efficient semi-transparent plastic solar cells based on oxide-metal-oxide were demonstrated from a single unit cell device to 10.0 cm × 10.0 cm sized mini-module devices. The semi-transparent solar cell which has a maximum transparency of 25% in visible region yielded a power conversion efficiency of 8.4%.

  2. Influence of the precursor layer composition and deposition processes on the electronic quality of liquid phase crystallized silicon absorbers

    Daniel Amkreutz, Natalie Preissler, Cham Thi-Trinh, Martina Trahms, Paul Sonntag, Rutger Schlatmann and Bernd Rech

    Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2953

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    In this work, we summarize the influence of different interlayer materials on the electronic and morphological properties of liquid phase crystallized absorbers. We compare interdigitated back-contact solar cells made on these stacks and discuss approaches to further increase the overall cell performance by tackling bulk limitations.

  3. Simple pretreatment processes for successful reclamation and remanufacturing of crystalline silicon solar cells

    Jun-Kyu Lee, Jin-Seok Lee, Young-Soo Ahn, Gi-Hwan Kang, Hee-Eun Song, Min-Gu Kang, Young-Hwan Kim and Churl-Hee Cho

    Version of Record online: 10 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2963

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    The proposed process is capable of recovering unbroken solar cells by applying simple pretreatments on both sides of the PV module that are effective at removing the stress factors during the solar cell recovery process. The unbroken solar cell recovered from the module was immersed in a mixed acid solution to reclaim the crystalline silicon wafer, and a solar cell was remanufactured. The PV performance of the solar cell was evaluated to have a high efficiency of 18.5%.

  4. Tunnel oxide passivating electron contacts as full-area rear emitter of high-efficiency p-type silicon solar cells

    Armin Richter, Jan Benick, Ralph Müller, Frank Feldmann, Christian Reichel, Martin Hermle and Stefan W. Glunz

    Version of Record online: 10 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2960

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    Tunnel oxide passivating contacts (TOPCon) consisting of an ultrathin tunnel oxide capped by a doped Si film exhibit excellent passivation and contact properties. In this work, we study the performance of the TOPCon layer as a full-area emitter at the rear side of p-type Si solar cells, with a special focus on the influence of the lateral conductivity within the p+ front surface field (FSF). Efficiencies up to 24.3% have been achieved with a FSF and up to 23.9% without, demonstrating a high device performance even without a lateral conductivity in the FSF.

  5. Reconstructing photoluminescence spectra at liquid nitrogen temperature from heavily boron-doped regions of crystalline silicon solar cells

    HuiTing Wu, Hieu T. Nguyen, AnYao Liu and Daniel Macdonald

    Version of Record online: 10 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2964

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    In this work, we built a 3-curve model that simulates the shape of the spectrally resolved PhotoLuminescence spectra for different concentrations of boron doping in crystalline silicon at 79 K. This work also shows that the PL spectra from a thermally boron-diffused wafer can be reconstructed based on superposition of PL spectra arising from the layers of different doping beneath the surface, making spectrally resolved PL technique an easy and damage free method to probe the boron dopant profile in the thermally diffused wafers.

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