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.

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. Aluminum-doped Zn1 − xMgxO as transparent conductive oxide of Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2-based solar cell for minimizing surface carrier recombination

    Jakapan Chantana, Takuya Kato, Hiroki Sugimoto and Takashi Minemoto

    Version of Record online: 21 JUN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2911

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    Difference of conduction band minimum (EC) between Zn1 − xMgxO:Al (transparent conductive oxide; TCO) layer and Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGSSe) absorber is optimized by varying [Mg]/([Mg] + [Zn]), x. Addition of 12% Mg into ZnO:Al to form Zn0.88Mg0.12O:Al as TCO layer effectively decreases surface carrier recombination and improves photovoltaic parameters. Ultimately, conversion efficiency of CIGSSe solar cell with Cd0.75Zn0.25S/Zn0.79Mg0.21O/Zn0.88Mg0.12O:Al (TCO) layers is enhanced to 20.6% owing to control of total EC alignment in the device.

  2. Reliability of commercial triple junction concentrator solar cells under real climatic conditions and its influence on electricity cost

    Manuel Vazquez, Julen Tamayo-Arriola, Vincenzo Orlando, Neftali Nuñez, Olga Alburquerque and Carlos Algora

    Version of Record online: 14 JUN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2902

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    This paper proposes a methodology for assessing the concentrator solar cell reliability in a real application for a given location provided results from accelerated life tests. The methodology has been applied to a real application in 3 different locations and years obtaining that the influence of the location on the reliability of concentrator solar cells is very important. This important influence affects also in an important way to Levelised Cost of Electricity that has been also analysed.

  3. Hill climbing hysteresis of perovskite-based solar cells: a maximum power point tracking investigation

    Norman Pellet, Fabrizio Giordano, Mohammad Ibrahim Dar, Giuliano Gregori, Shaik Mohammed Zakeeruddin, Joachim Maier and Michael Grätzel

    Version of Record online: 9 JUN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2894

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    In this work, we discuss the issues related to the maximum power point tracking of inorganic–organic perovskite-based solar cells. The hysteresis at the tracking point correlates to the complex impedance of the solar cell, significant at low frequencies. Standard perturb-and-observe algorithms need to be modified by adding hysteretic limiting parameters that control the oscillations of the power output. We show that perovskite-based solar cells work best on average when temporarily polarized in forward bias.

  4. Improvement in open circuit voltage of n-ZnO/p-Si solar cell by using amorphous-ZnO at the interface

    Babar Hussain

    Version of Record online: 7 JUN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2906

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    This paper presents >20% improvement in open circuit voltage of n-ZnO/p-Si solar cell by depositing amorphous-ZnO at the interface at room temperature that possibly improves the passivation and/or avoids oxide formation at the interface during ZnO deposition. Two other materials, aluminum nitride and amorphous-Si, have also been used as buffer layers to evaluate their effect on suppression of interface states. Furthermore, additional advantage of ZnO as an antireflector has been experimentally verified for different thicknesses of ZnO film.

  5. A universal roll-to-roll slot-die coating approach towards high-efficiency organic photovoltaics

    Yu-Ching Huang, Hou-Chin Cha, Charn-Ying Chen and Cheng-Si Tsao

    Version of Record online: 7 JUN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2907

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    We studied the mutual effect of solvent additive and drying process in the R2R process on the performance of roll-to-roll flexible polymer solar cells. The power conversion efficiency of the roll-to-roll slot-die–coated PSCs based on PTB7 and PC71BM can be significantly improved to 7.32%. This study demonstrated a universal roll-to-roll approach towards high-performance flexible polymer solar cells.

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