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: 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 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.

EU PVSEC 2017


Recently Published Articles

  1. Influence of Na on grain boundary and properties of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells

    Mohit Raghuwanshi, Emmanuel Cadel, Sébastien Duguay, Ludovic Arzel, Nicolas Barreau and Philippe Pareige

    Version of Record online: 20 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2869

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    Atomic distribution near grain boundaries (GBs) of Cu(In1−xGax)Se2 solar cells are explored to quantify the amount of Na segregated at GBs for various ‘x’ values. Atom probe tomography results show that the amount of Na at GB is about the same whatever ‘x’ and is unaffected by the crystallographic nature of GB (Cu rich or Cu poor). However, it is shown that cells with higher ‘x’ values contain an overall higher amount of Na. This explains the detrimental effect of Na overdose in thin-film characteristic of degraded performance of Ga-rich cells.

  2. Novel field-effect passivation for nanostructured Si solar cells using interfacial sulfur incorporation

    Dae Woong Kim, Jae-Won Song, Young Min Park, Jung-Ho Lee and Tae Joo Park

    Version of Record online: 20 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2873

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    A novel and simple strategy to introduce negative fixed charges at the interface between Al2O3 and Si through S passivation was proposed for enhancing field-effect passivation performance of nanostructured Si solar cell. As a result, effective minority carrier lifetime and internal quantum efficiency at a blue response region were enhanced up to 65% and 13.9%, respectively.

  3. Wide-bandgap p-type microcrystalline silicon oxycarbide using additional trimethylboron for silicon heterojunction solar cells

    Dong-Won Kang, Porponth Sichanugrist, He Zhang and Makoto Konagai

    Version of Record online: 17 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2875

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    We propose a novel p-type wide-bandgap silicon oxycarbide materials and its film preparation.

    The new p-type microcrystalline silicon oxycarbide (p-μc-SiOxCy:H) films with additional trimethylboron doping exhibited average wide bandgaps (E04) about 2.18 eV.

    This new film was employed as an emitter of HIT-type c-Si solar cells and found that it boosts mainly Voc because of wide E04 and thus power conversion efficiency of 18.9 % based on non-textured flat wafer was attained.

  4. New guidelines for a more accurate extraction of solar cells and modules key data from their current–voltage curves

    Bertrand Paviet-Salomon, Jacques Levrat, Vahid Fakhfouri, Yanik Pelet, Nicolas Rebeaud, Matthieu Despeisse and Christophe Ballif

    Version of Record online: 10 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2872

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    We investigate the optimisation of the fit procedures to determine with the highest accuracy the key data of photovoltaic devices from their current–voltage characteristics. We show that the state-of-the-art fit procedures are outperformed by smart adjustments of the fit range and the regression type. We improve the accuracy in determining the short-circuit current density by up to 15 times, the open-circuit voltage by 3 to 10 times, and the maximum power by 4 to 5 times, compared to state-of-the-art approaches.

  5. Adjusting the Ga grading during fast atmospheric processing of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cell absorber layers using elemental selenium vapor

    Sebastian Simon Schmidt, Christian Wolf, Humberto Rodriguez-Alvarez, Jan-Peter Bäcker, Christian Alexander Kaufmann, Saoussen Merdes, Florian Ziem, Manuel Hartig, Sonja Cinque, Iris Dorbandt, Christine Köble, Daniel Abou-Ras, Roland Mainz and Rutger Schlatmann

    Version of Record online: 8 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2865

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    We study the Cu(In,Ga)Se2 absorber fabrication by fast atmospheric pressure selenization of metal precursor films utilizing elemental selenium vapor from independent sources. We find that a high Se supply during selenization leads to the generally observed Ga accumulation at the back contact, while a reduced Se supply leads to a more homogeneous Ga distribution within the absorber. By optimizing the precursor as well as the Ga in-depth distribution in the CIGSe layer, a conversion efficiency of 15.5% was achieved.

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