Special Issue "Advances in Thin Silicon Solar Cells"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jialiang Huang
Guest Editor
School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia
Interests: solar cell; thin-film silicon technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit your work to this Special Issue on “Advances in Thin Silicon Solar Cells”. Thanks to the remarkable growth rate over the past decade, photovoltaic (PV) has now exceeded the peak of 1 TW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide. Therefore, photovoltaic is gradually becoming a traditional source of electricity. Thin-film silicon technology has many advantages, including: (i) rich raw and non-toxic materials; (ii) rigid or flexible, possibly even lightweight substrates; (iii) a uniform appearance, which is very suitable for building integration. Thin-film silicon modules can also be easily patterned with lasers to achieve various degrees of transparency, which further boosts the potential of this promissing material. Over the past decade, huge industrial efforts have been made to expand thin-film silicon technology. At the same time, a huge step has been taken in the understanding of thin-film silicon materials and devices. We can now identify possible inter-relationships between substrate morphology and plasma process conditions, as well as device structures and parasitic losses in solar cells.  

This Special Issue aims to gather and share the latest views on the past and current development of thin-film photovoltaic materials and solar cells. Suitable topics include experimental and theoretical discoveries related to thin-film photovoltaic materials, devices, and manufacturing technologies. We hope that you can join our Special Issue by publishing important comments and/or original research articles.

Dr. Jialiang Huang
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • solar cell
  • thin-film silicon technology
  • earth-abundant
  • non-toxic
  • upscalable

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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