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Journal of Photonics for Energy

Comparative investigation on designs of light absorption enhancement of ultrathin crystalline silicon for photovoltaic applications
Author(s): Yi Huang; Wei Wang; Wu Pan; Weizhong Chen; Zhen Wang; Xinyu Tan; Wensheng Yan
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Paper Abstract

Ultrathin crystalline silicon wafers for photovoltaic applications have attracted intensive attention because of potential benefits in cost-effectiveness. Structural design with high light absorption is important for photovoltaics because planar ultrathin silicon is poor in absorption. We conduct a comparative investigation on designs of light absorption enhancement for 2-μm-thick ultrathin crystalline silicon, where the front texture is a nanopyramidal structure and the rear adopts several designs. Our calculation results show that both of the ultrathin silicon with front nanopyramids and rear silver nanoarrays and the ultrathin silicon with two-sided nanopyramids are promising for photovoltaic applications. For the latter design, the calculated photocurrent achieves the highest value of 35.1  mA/cm2 when a perfect electric conductor layer is applied at the bottom. In contrast, the former design has a lower photocurrent value of 31.2  mA/cm2. But, this design is of practical significance because the majority of experimental reports on ultrathin crystalline silicon solar cells are single-sided front-textured at present and the fabrication techniques of plasmonic Ag nanoarrays are matured. Compared with previous reports, the present work offers a multiple option of structural designs for ultrathin crystalline silicon to enhance the light absorption for photovoltaic applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 November 2016
PDF: 10 pages
J. Photon. Energy 6(4) 047001 doi: 10.1117/1.JPE.6.047001
Published in: Journal of Photonics for Energy Volume 6, Issue 4
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Yi Huang, Chongqing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Wei Wang, Chongqing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Wu Pan, Chongqing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Weizhong Chen, Chongqing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Zhen Wang, Chongqing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Xinyu Tan, China Three Gorges Univ. (China)
Wensheng Yan, Chongqing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)


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