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Functional Materials for Sustainable Energy Applications by P Edwards, S Irvine, S Skinner, J Kilner

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Photovoltaic (PV) thin-films for solar cells

S.J.C. Irvine,     Glyndimager University, UK

Abstract:

The choice of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) materials is put in the context of the Shockley–Queisser limit for the maximum performance of a single-junction solar cell. There are a range of semiconductor materials that are suitable for thin-film PV but those that are currently on an industrial scale can be divided into thin-film silicon, cadmium telluride and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS). Each is considered in turn and the common features such as device structure and transparent conductors are discussed. The prospect for very large-scale ...

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