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Crystals 2019, 9(2), 87;

Nanowires for High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Solar Photovoltaics

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, London WC1E 7JE, UK
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Received: 3 January 2019 / Revised: 2 February 2019 / Accepted: 6 February 2019 / Published: 8 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Growth and Structural Characterization of Self-Nucleated Nanowires)
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Solar energy is abundant, clean, and renewable, making it an ideal energy source. Solar cells are a good option to harvest this energy. However, it is difficult to balance the cost and efficiency of traditional thin-film solar cells, whereas nanowires (NW) are far superior in making high-efficiency low-cost solar cells. Therefore, the NW solar cell has attracted great attention in recent years and is developing rapidly. Here, we review the great advantages, recent breakthroughs, novel designs, and remaining challenges of NW solar cells. Special attention is given to (but not limited to) the popular semiconductor NWs for solar cells, in particular, Si, GaAs(P), and InP. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanowires; photovoltaics; solar cells nanowires; photovoltaics; solar cells

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