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.

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In 2016, 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.

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Recently Published Articles

  1. SiOyNx/SiNx stack: a promising surface passivation layer for high-efficiency and potential-induced degradation resistant mc-silicon solar cells

    Chunlan Zhou, Junjie Zhu, Su Zhou, Yehua Tang, Sean E. Foss, Halvard Haug, Ørnulf Nordseth, Erik S. Marstein and Wenjing Wang

    Version of Record online: 25 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2803

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    In this paper, It was found that a SiOyNx film with ~6 nm thickness in the SiOyNx/SiNx stacks is sufficient to provide an effective surface recombination velocity Seff < 2 cm/s. A maximum absolute efficiency gain of 0.5% was obtained compared with single SiNx-coated mc-Si solar cells. In addition, resistance to PID is also significantly improved.

  2. Comparison of global horizontal irradiance forecasts based on numerical weather prediction models with different spatio-temporal resolutions

    Elke Lorenz, Jan Kühnert, Detlev Heinemann, Kristian Pagh Nielsen, Jan Remund and Stefan C. Müller

    Version of Record online: 20 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2799

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    In the framework of the IEA SHC Task 46 “Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting” we compare solar global horizontal irradiance forecasts based on different numerical weather predictions models. These include direct model output of global and limited area models, a rapid update cycle model, a multi model ensemble prediction system, and two MOS systems. In particular we analyze the impact of spatial and temporal averaging and evaluate the model's ability to represent and forecast solar irradiance and cloud variability.

  3. Experimental demonstration of high-concentration photovoltaics on a parabolic trough using tracking secondary optics

    Thomas Cooper, Gianluca Ambrosetti, Fabio Malnati, Andrea Pedretti and Aldo Steinfeld

    Version of Record online: 20 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2800

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    High-concentration on a parabolic trough? By arranging an array of rotating secondary optical elements (SOE) along the focal line of a parabolic trough, we show that the 2D limit of concentration of 215× can be considerably surpassed. We place an array of 3 J cells at the exit of each SOE, thus yielding the first trough-based high-concentration photovoltaic collector (Cg = 590×). From on-sun testing of a full-scale prototype, we report a solar-to-DC efficiency of 20.2%, the highest ever measured for a parabolic-trough-based PV system.

  4. The environmental impact of lightweight HCPV modules: efficient design and effective deployment

    Philip Sandwell, Geoffrey Duggan, Jenny Nelson and Ned Ekins-Daukes

    Version of Record online: 13 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2802

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    We perform a life cycle analysis of a lightweight design of high concentration photovoltaic module by considering the embedded energy and greenhouse gas emissions of its manufacture and deployment. In suitable locations we find low energy and greenhouse gas payback times and the emission intensity of electricity produced is less than those of other PV and CSP technologies in similar locations.

  5. Durability of polymeric encapsulation materials in a PMMA/glass concentrator photovoltaic system

    David C. Miller, Michael D. Kempe, Matthew T. Muller, Matthew H. Gray, Kenji Araki and Sarah R. Kurtz

    Version of Record online: 13 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2796

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    Most specimens show minimal evidence of aging; only 4 of 29 specimens have “failed” to date. Failure modes including combustion, thermal decomposition, fracture, and haze formation have been observed. Effects of aging are suggested by peripheral appearance, photoelasticity, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Thermal degradation is unlikely to contribute to immediate or long-term degradation of siloxanes unless aided by another mechanism, for example, discoloration.

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