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Materials 2015, 8(10), 6761-6771; doi:10.3390/ma8105337

Improving Efficiency of Multicrystalline Silicon and CIGS Solar Cells by Incorporating Metal Nanoparticles

Department of Electronic Engineering, Chang Gung University, Kweishan-Taoyuan 333, Taiwan
Institute of Photoelectronic Thin Film Devices and Technology and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Thin film Devices and Technology, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
Institute of Physics, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw 50-370, Poland
Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
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Academic Editor: Teen-Hang Meen
Received: 25 August 2015 / Revised: 25 September 2015 / Accepted: 28 September 2015 / Published: 8 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from ICASI 2015)
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This work studies the use of gold (Au) and silver (Ag) nanoparticles in multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) and copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) solar cells. Au and Ag nanoparticles are deposited by spin-coating method, which is a simple and low cost process. The random distribution of nanoparticles by spin coating broadens the resonance wavelength of the transmittance. This broadening favors solar cell applications. Metal shadowing competes with light scattering in a manner that varies with nanoparticle concentration. Experimental results reveal that the mc-Si solar cells that incorporate Au nanoparticles outperform those with Ag nanoparticles. The incorporation of suitable concentration of Au and Ag nanoparticles into mc-Si solar cells increases their efficiency enhancement by 5.6% and 4.8%, respectively. Incorporating Au and Ag nanoparticles into CIGS solar cells improve their efficiency enhancement by 1.2% and 1.4%, respectively. The enhancement of the photocurrent in mc-Si solar cells is lower than that in CIGS solar cells, owing to their different light scattering behaviors and material absorption coefficients. View Full-Text
Keywords: Au and Ag nanoparticles; multicrystalline silicon; CIGS solar cells; spin coating Au and Ag nanoparticles; multicrystalline silicon; CIGS solar cells; spin coating

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Jeng, M.-J.; Chen, Z.-Y.; Xiao, Y.-L.; Chang, L.-B.; Ao, J.; Sun, Y.; Popko, E.; Jacak, W.; Chow, L. Improving Efficiency of Multicrystalline Silicon and CIGS Solar Cells by Incorporating Metal Nanoparticles. Materials 2015, 8, 6761-6771.

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