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.


Recently Published Articles

  1. Impact of distributed power electronics on the lifetime and reliability of PV systems

    Carlos Olalla, Dragan Maksimovic, Chris Deline and Luis Martinez-Salamero

    Version of Record online: 26 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2893

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    This paper quantifies the impact of distributed power electronics in photovoltaic systems in terms of end-of-life energy-capture performance and reliability. It is shown how module-level or submodule-level power converters can mitigate variations in cell degradation over time, effectively increasing the system lifespan by 5–10 years compared with the nominal 25-year lifetime. In addition, failure models are developed, and power electronics reliability is taken into account in this work, in order to provide a more comprehensive view of the opportunities and limitations offered by distributed power electronics in photovoltaic systems.

  2. Effects of combined additional indium deposition and potassium fluoride post-deposition treatments on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film solar cells

    Ishwor Khatri, Mutsumi Sugiyama and Tokio Nakada

    Version of Record online: 24 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2892

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    Combined effects of additional indium and potassium fluoride post-deposition treatment were found much effective to improve the performance of the solar cell. The cell performance particularly open-circuit voltage (Voc) improved drastically, which is due to the formation of much Cu-depleted layer at the surface region as confirmed from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  3. Degradation fitting of irradiated solar cells using variable threshold energy for atomic displacement

    Manuel Salzberger, Christel Nömayr, Paolo Lugli, Scott R. Messenger and Claus G. Zimmermann

    Version of Record online: 24 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2888

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    We obtained characteristic degradation curves for proton and electron induced degradation of triple junction (3J) and isotype Ga0.5In0.5P/GaAs/Ge solar cells. The displacement damage dose methodology in combination with a varying effective threshold energy for atomic displacement was used. Using the GaAs NIEL in fitting the 3J data, an energy of 21 eV was determined, whereas an energy of 36 eV was found using the Ga0.5In0.5P NIEL. In isotype cells, effective threshold energies of 22 and 34 eV were determined.

  4. Benchmarking photoactive thin-film materials using a laser-induced steady-state photocarrier grating

    Leon W. Veldhuizen, Gede W.P. Adhyaksa, Mirjam Theelen, Erik C. Garnett and Ruud E.I. Schropp

    Version of Record online: 19 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2889

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    This work demonstrates a comprehensive method, on the basis of the steady-state photocarrier grating technique, to benchmark the quality of traditional and emerging thin-film photoactive materials. Obtained ambipolar diffusion lengths are compared with an effective absorption depth for sunlight. It is observed that for silicon-based thin-film materials, the ambipolar diffusion length is much shorter than their effective absorption depth, while for copper indium gallium selenide chalcopyrite and mixed halide perovskite materials, the diffusion length is similar or larger than this absorption depth.

  5. InAlAs photovoltaic cell design for high device efficiency

    Brittany L. Smith, Zachary S. Bittner, Staffan D. Hellstroem, George T. Nelson, Michael A. Slocum, Andrew G. Norman, David V. Forbes and Seth M. Hubbard

    Version of Record online: 17 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2895

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    This study presents a new design for a single-junction InAIAs solar cell. The design reduces absorption losses from the low band-gap contact layer and preserves window integrity by integrating an etch stop, which is removed before anti-reflective coating deposition. The final cell had a 17.9% efficiency under 1-sun AM1.5 with an anti-reflective coating. This represents a significant improvement over existing reports of single-junction InAIAs cells to date.