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Coatings 2014, 4(1), 162-202;

Applications of Oxide Coatings in Photovoltaic Devices

PVcomB, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Hahn-Meintner Platz 1, 14109 Berlin, Germany
Received: 10 February 2014 / Accepted: 10 March 2014 / Published: 24 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Thin Film Materials for Photovoltaic Applications)
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Metalloid and metal based oxides are an almost unavoidable component in the majority of solar cell technologies used at the time of writing this review. Numerous studies have shown increases of ≥1% absolute in solar cell efficiency by simply substituting a given layer in the material stack with an oxide. Depending on the stoichiometry and whether other elements are present, oxides can be used for the purpose of light management, passivation of electrical defects, photo-carrier generation, charge separation, and charge transport in a solar cell. In this review, the most commonly used oxides whose benefits for solar cells have been proven both in a laboratory and industrial environment are discussed. Additionally, developing trends in the use of oxides, as well as newer oxide materials, and deposition technologies for solar cells are reported. View Full-Text
Keywords: oxides; solar cells; photo conversion efficiency oxides; solar cells; photo conversion efficiency

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