Industrial Silicon Wafer Solar Cells

Advances in OptoElectronics. 2007;2007 DOI 10.1155/2007/24521


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Journal Title: Advances in OptoElectronics

ISSN: 1687-563X (Print); 1687-5648 (Online)

Publisher: Hindawi Limited

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering: Electronics | Science: Physics: Optics. Light

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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Dirk-Holger Neuhaus (Deutsche Cell GmbH, Berthelsdorfer Straße 111 A, 09599 Freiberg/Saxony, Germany)
Adolf Münzer (SolarWorld Industries Deutschland GmbH, Otto-Hahn-Ring 6, 81739 München, Germany)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 11 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

In 2006, around 86% of all wafer-based silicon solar cells were produced using screen printing to form the silver front and aluminium rear contacts and chemical vapour deposition to grow silicon nitride as the antireflection coating onto the front surface. This paper reviews this dominant solar cell technology looking into state-of-the-art equipment and corresponding processes for each process step. The main efficiency losses of this type of solar cell are analyzed to demonstrate the future efficiency potential of this technology. In research and development, more various advanced solar cell concepts have demonstrated higher efficiencies. The question which arises is “why are new solar cell concepts not transferred into industrial production more frequently?”. We look into the requirements a new solar cell technology has to fulfill to have an advantage over the current approach. Finally, we give an overview of high-efficiency concepts which have already been transferred into industrial production.