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.

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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  1. Spectral binning for energy production calculations and multijunction solar cell design

    Iván Garcia, William E. McMahon, Aron Habte, John F. Geisz, Myles A. Steiner, Manajit Sengupta and Daniel J. Friedman

    Version of Record online: 14 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2943

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    Currently, most solar cells are designed for and evaluated under standard spectra intended to represent typical spectral conditions. However, no single spectrum can capture the spectral variability needed for annual energy production calculations, and this shortcoming becomes more significant for series-connected multijunction cells as the number of junctions increases. Here, we show how a large spectral set can be reduced to just a few “proxy” spectra, which still retain the spectral variability information needed for annual energy production design and evaluation.

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    Minimising bulk lifetime degradation during the processing of interdigitated back contact silicon solar cells

    Tasmiat Rahman, Alexander To, Michael E. Pollard, Nicholas E. Grant, Jack Colwell, David N.R. Payne, John D. Murphy, Darren M. Bagnall, Bram Hoex and Stuart A. Boden

    Version of Record online: 12 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2928

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    A key factor in pushing performances of interdigitated back contact solar cells lies in the quality of the bulk material and mitigating process-induced degradation. Our results show that a preoxidation treatment of n-type float zone wafers can lead to >2 ms improvement in bulk minority carrier lifetime at the cell level, resulting in a 4% absolute efficiency boost.

  3. Investigations of temperature and power effects on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin-film formation during a 3-stage hybrid co-sputtering/evaporation process

    Jorge Posada, Marie Jubault, Angélique Bousquet, Eric Tomasella and Daniel Lincot

    Version of Record online: 5 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2926

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    A 3-stage hybrid cosputtering/evaporation sequence for Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) absorbers has been developed by controlling the deposition parameters (temperature, sputtering power, and evaporation). Each step of this sequence has been optimized. (In,Ga)2Se3 layers are deposited in the first stage, followed by Cu2-xSe and Cu2-xSe/(In,Ga)2Se3 layers. Solar cells were completed leading to 9.7% efficiency. These first results open a new avenue for combining the advantages of coevaporation in terms of controlling composition gradients within CIGS films and those of sputtering for large-scale industrial applications.

  4. Effect of KF absorber treatment on the functionality of different transparent conductive oxide layers in CIGSe solar cells

    Jan Keller, Francis Chalvet, Jonathan Joel, Asim Aijaz, Tomas Kubart, Lars Riekehr, Marika Edoff, Lars Stolt and Tobias Törndahl

    Version of Record online: 16 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2925

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    In order to optimize the electro-optical properties of transparent conductive oxide layers like ZnO:B or In2O3:H, elevated deposition or annealing temperatures are required. This contribution shows that the corresponding thermal stress leads to a significant deterioration in the performance of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells if they were subjected to a KF post deposition treatment (KF-PDT). It is suggested that a thermally induced redistribution of K (and possibly Na) leads to a creation of a transport barrier and a decrease in doping density.

  5. Technology-specific yield analysis of various photovoltaic module technologies under specific real weather conditions

    J. Bogenrieder, M. Hüttner, P. Luchscheider, J. Hauch, C. Camus and C.J. Brabec

    Version of Record online: 10 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2921

    An approach to rate the performance of modules under specific real weather conditions is introduced, since solar modules are rated according to standard test conditions which do not give evidence of the performance under outdoor conditions. We use the developed approach to rate the performance of 8 different commercially available photovoltaic modules that have been installed and measured in Germany. The evaluation shows that module properties have a major influence on the performance of photovoltaic modules under different weather conditions.

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