Special Issue "Recent Advances in Thin Film Solar Cells"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Paweł Karasiński
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Guest Editor
Department of Optoelectronics, Silesian University of Technology, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
Interests: sol-gel films; integrated optics; photovoltaics; optical evanescent wave sensors
Dr. Cuma Tyszkiewicz
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Guest Editor
Department of Optoelectronics, Silesian University of Technology, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
Interests: theoretical analysis of multilayer optical structures; integrated optics; photovoltaics; optical evanescent wave sensors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Solar energy is a practically inexhaustible natural power resource for Earth. Therefore, the effort in the development of highly efficient solar cells, which is a response to the most pressing environmental and economic concerns, is of extreme importance. Many types of photovoltaic cells are being developed, among which thin-film solar cells have acquired a significant position. This Special Issue will cover new topics that have arisen with the development of thin-film solar cell technologies, initiated by the necessity of reducing material costs. We welcome research and review papers, both theoretical and experimental, in the areas concerning the development of high-conversion thin-film solar and photovoltaic cells, as well as in the related areas. This Special Issue will cover the following, but is not limited to this list:

  • Thin-film solar cells,
  • Multiple junction thin-film solar cells,
  • Inorganic–organic hybrid nanostructured solar cells,
  • All-polymer solar cells,
  • Colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics,
  • Design, modeling, and fabrication of plasmonic nanostructures and Mie scatterers for more efficient light trapping,
  • Carrier recombination and electronic transport mechanisms,
  • Protective and antireflective coatings,
  • Transparent conductive oxides,
  • Photovoltaic systems,
  • Theoretical analysis of thin-film solar cells.

We welcome papers on various aspects of thin-film solar cells, including topics concerning material engineering, fabrication technology, theoretical analysis, characterization and optimization of thin-film solar cell structures, as well as papers describing innovative industrial solutions and practices, thereby allowing better targeting of academic research toward the improvement of thin-film solar cell conversion efficiency.

Dr. Paweł Karasiński
Dr. Cuma Tyszkiewicz
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Thin-film solar cells
  • Design and modeling of materials and solar cell stacks
  • Multifunctional coatings
  • Semiconductors for thin-film solar cells
  • Quantum dot solar cells

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Phototransistor Behavior in CIGS Solar Cells and the Effect of the Back Contact Barrier
Energies 2020, 13(18), 4753; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13184753 - 11 Sep 2020
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In this paper, the impact of the back contact barrier on the performance of Cu (In, Ga) Se2 solar cells is addressed. This effect is clearly visible at lower temperatures, but it also influences the fundamental parameters of a solar cell, such [...] Read more.
In this paper, the impact of the back contact barrier on the performance of Cu (In, Ga) Se2 solar cells is addressed. This effect is clearly visible at lower temperatures, but it also influences the fundamental parameters of a solar cell, such as open-circuit voltage, fill factor and the efficiency at normal operation conditions. A phototransistor model was proposed in previous works and could satisfactorily explain specific effects associated with the back contact barrier, such as the dependence of the saturated current in the forward bias on the illumination level. The effect of this contribution is also studied in this research in the context of metastable parameter drift, typical for Cu (In, Ga) Se2 thin-film solar cells, as a consequence of different bias or light soaking treatments under high-temperature conditions. The impact of the back contact barrier on Cu (In, Ga) Se2 thin-film solar cells is analyzed based on experimental measurements as well as numerical simulations with Technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD). A barrier-lowering model for the molybdenum/Cu (In, Ga) Se2 Schottky interface was proposed to reach a better agreement between the simulations and the experimental results. Thus, in this work, the phototransistor behavior is discussed further in the context of metastabilities supported by numerical simulations. Full article
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