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THIS CHAPTER INTRODUCES PHOTOVOLTAIC technology and the photo-
voltaic cell. This includes the manufacturing process and function. The
chapter describes the effect of light and temperature on silicon solar cells,
and property and design requirements.
You will also read about solar cells, types of semiconductors, electrical
properties of solar cells, solar cell behaviors and parameters, design guide-
lines, and numerous efficiency-enhancing techniques. You will also learn
about module and circuit design, insulators, and conductors.
Solar Energy
Fundamentals
Topics & Concepts
This chapter covers the following topics and concepts:
Introduction to photovoltaic technology
Insulators and conductors
Semiconductors, including the bond model, the band model, and doping
The photovoltaic (PV) cell
Solar cell types
Electrical properties of solar cells
Solar cell performance
Module and circuit design
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