Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications

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

Impact Factor: 7.365

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. Sputtered Zn(O,S) buffer layers for CIGS solar modules—from lab to pilot production

    André Wachau, Jonas Schulte, Peter Agoston, Florian Hübler, Alexander Steigert, Reiner Klenk, Frank Hergert, Heinz Eschrich and Volker Probst

    Version of Record online: 21 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2880

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    We have successfully replaced the wet-chemical CdS buffer by Zn(O,S) on CIGS absorbers. The cadmium-free process is reproducible, and the electrical data of the full-size solar modules are stable. Moreover, the dry Zn(O,S) buffer causes lower operational expenditure compared with CdS and allows further upscaling.

  2. On the role of solar photovoltaics in global energy transition scenarios

    Christian Breyer, Dmitrii Bogdanov, Ashish Gulagi, Arman Aghahosseini, Larissa S.N.S. Barbosa, Otto Koskinen, Maulidi Barasa, Upeksha Caldera, Svetlana Afanasyeva, Michael Child, Javier Farfan and Pasi Vainikka

    Version of Record online: 17 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2885

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    This is the first work presenting results for the global solar photovoltaic (PV) demand modelled in hourly resolution for an entire year composed in nine major regions aggregating 145 sub-regions for an energy system based on 100% renewable energy. The energy supply share of solar PV is found to be of slightly more than 40% and solar PV capacities of about 27 and 42 TWp from the mid to the end of the 21st century. These results confirm progressive studies on the leading role of solar PV in the future energy system, now based on a more sophisticated methodology.

  3. Measured and estimated performance of a fleet of shaded photovoltaic systems with string and module-level inverters

    Sara MacAlpine, Chris Deline and Aron Dobos

    Version of Record online: 16 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2884

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    Updated shade modelling tools are benchmarked and compared against annual production data from 46 shaded and unshaded residential photovoltaic systems. Three-dimensional computer-aided design-based tools developed at National Renewable Energy Laboratory and freely downloadable as part of the system advisor model software show improvement over existing shade survey methods and demonstrate a median annual bias error of 2.5%, contributing from 4% to 9% to monthly root-mean-square error, for microinverter or central inverter topologies.

  4. Development of back-junction back-contact silicon solar cells based on industrial processes

    Guilin Lu, Jianqiang Wang, Zhengyi Qian and Wenzhong Shen

    Version of Record online: 7 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2881

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    We have achieved a certified high efficiency of ~22% back-junction back-contact (BJBC) silicon solar cells with the size of 4.04 cm2 by conventional industrial processes of co-diffusion, P ion implantation and annealing oxidation, laser patterning as well as screen printing and co-firing technologies. The manufacturing process flow further successfully yields the maximum efficiency of around 21% BJBC silicon solar cells with enlarged sizes of 6 × 6 cm2. This work has demonstrated the simplified processes for the low-cost and high-efficiency BJBC silicon solar cell industrialization.

  5. Analysis of the EWT-DGB solar cell at low and medium concentration and comparison with a PESC architecture

    Massimo Nicolai, Giovanni Paternoster, Mauro Zanuccoli, Giuseppe de Ceglia, Pierluigi Bellutti, Lorenza Ferrario, Enrico Sangiorgi and Claudio Fiegna

    Version of Record online: 6 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2878

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    We have discussed two fabricated and characterized options for Si solar cells for operation under concentrated light: the passivated emitter solar cell and the emitter wrap through with deep grooved base solar cells. The experimental characterization is reported in the range 1–200 suns showing an encouraging maximum conversion efficiency. Advanced numerical simulations under feasible realistic improvements in terms of material and process quality result in an efficiency close to 24% at 100 suns and to 25% at 50 suns for passivated emitter solar cell and emitter wrap through with deep grooved base, respectively.

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