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Next Generation Photovoltaics

High Efficiency through Full Spectrum Utilization, 1st Edition

Edited by A. Martí, A. Luque

CRC Press

136 pages

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Although photovoltaics are regarded by many as the most likely candidate for long term sustainable energy production, their implementation has been restricted by the high costs involved. Nevertheless, the theoretical limit on photovoltaic energy conversion efficiency-above 85%-suggests that there is room for substantial improvement of current commercially available solar cells, both silicon and thin-film based. Current research efforts are focused on implementing novel concepts to produce a new generation of low-cost, high-performance photovoltaics that make improved use of the solar spectrum.

Featuring contributions from pioneers of next generation photovoltaic research, Next Generation Photovoltaics: High Efficiency through Full Spectrum Utilization presents a comprehensive account of the current state-of-the-art in all aspects of the field. The book first discusses topics, such as multi-junction solar cells (the method closest to commercialization), quantum dot solar cells, hot carrier solar cells, multiple quantum well solar cells, and thermophotovoltaics. The final two chapters of the book consider the materials, fabrication methods, and concentrator optics used for advanced photovoltaic cells. This book will be an essential reference for graduate students and researchers working with solar cell technology.

Table of Contents

Non-conventional photovoltaic technology: a need to reach goals

A. Luque and A. Marti

Trends in development of solar photovoltaics

Zh. I. Alferov and V.D. Rumyantsev

Thermodynamics of solar converters

P. Wurfel

Tandem cells for very high concentration

A.W. Bett

Quantum wells in photovoltaic cells

C. Rohr

The importance of very high concentration in 3rd generation solar cells C. Algora

Intermediate band solar cells

A. Marti et. al

Multi-interface novel devices: Models with a continuous substructure

Z.T. Kuznicki

Quantum dot solar cells

A.J. Nozik

Progress in thermophotovoltaic converters

B. Bitnar et. al

Solar cells for TPV converters

V.M. Andreev

Wafer bonding and film transfer for advanced PV cells

C. Jaussaud, E. Jalaguier, and D. Mencaraglia

Concentrator optics for the next generation photovoltaics

P. Benitez and J.C. Minano

Conclusions of the third generation PV workshop for high efficiency through full spectrum utilization

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics
TEC019000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Lasers & Photonics