Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications

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Edited By: Martin A. Green, Ryne P. Raffaelle, Tim M. Bruton, Gavin Conibeer, Jean-Francois Guillemoles

Impact Factor: 7.584

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 4/89 (Energy & Fuels); 11/144 (Physics Applied); 18/260 (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 2015, 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. Visualizing the performance loss of solar cells by IR thermography — an evaluation study on CIGS with artificially induced defects

    Andreas Vetter, Finn S. Babbe, Bernhard Hofbeck, Peter Kubis, Michael Richter, Stephan J. Heise, Jörg Ohland, Ingo Riedel and Christoph J. Brabec

    Article first published online: 5 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2749

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    Main results:

    1. We established two methods for inducing adjustable “calibration” defects in thin-film photovoltaic.
    2. These defects may be used, for instance, to assess the accuracy of imaging techniques.
    3. Illuminated lock-in thermography revealed high accuracy in predicting the losses in Pmmp because of local defects.
    4. Therefore, it is an outstanding tool to improve processing of thin-film photovoltaic.
    5. We conclude that our approach is an essential tool to increase power conversion efficiency of thin-film modules by optimized processing.
  2. On the application of the vibrating Kelvin probe method for quality control of Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 thin-film solar modules

    Tetiana Lavrenko, Kerstin Marzinzig, Thomas Walter, Balázs Plesz and Sándor Ress

    Article first published online: 3 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2746

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    Kelvin probe measurements are able to detect spatial potential variations in both reverse and forward biases and therefore to localize electrical defects and material inhomogeneities of a module, which are not visible to other characterization techniques. Moreover, Kelvin probe measurements under reverse bias conditions demonstrated a high sensitivity to variations of the reverse current of the single diodes even under conditions where open-circuit voltage is not severely affected by inhomogeneities.

  3. Accelerated development of CuSbS2 thin film photovoltaic device prototypes

    Adam W. Welch, Lauryn L. Baranowski, Pawel Zawadzki, Clay DeHart, Steve Johnston, Stephan Lany, Colin A. Wolden and Andriy Zakutayev

    Article first published online: 3 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2735

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    High-throughput combinatorial methods are applied to accelerate the development of photovoltaic devices with novel CuSbS2 absorbers. A three-stage self-regulated growth process is developed and used to control absorber purity and orientation. Photovoltaic performance is explored as a function of absorber purity, orientation, and thickness, using a variety of back contacts. This study yields CuSbS2 device prototypes with ~1% efficiency. Overall, this paper illustrates how combinatorial methods can accelerate the development of thin-film photovoltaic devices with novel absorbers.

  4. Flexible Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cell on stainless steel substrate deposited by multi-layer precursor method: its photovoltaic performance and deep-level defects

    Jakapan Chantana, Daisuke Hironiwa, Taichi Watanabe, Seiki Teraji and Takashi Minemoto

    Article first published online: 29 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2748

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    Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) films on flexible stainless steel substrate are fabricated by so-called “multi-layer precursor method.” The impact of Fe concentration, which leads to the formation of deep-level defect in the CIGS films, on cell performances is investigated by both simulation and experimental results. Ultimately, CIGS solar cell on flexible stainless steel substrate with conversion efficiency of 17.5% is fabricated by decreasing Fe concentration to approximately 5.2 × 1016 atom/cm3.

  5. The current status and future prospects of kesterite solar cells: a brief review

    Xiaolei Liu, Yu Feng, Hongtao Cui, Fangyang Liu, Xiaojing Hao, Gavin Conibeer, David B. Mitzi and Martin Green

    Article first published online: 28 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2741