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High performance solar cells: It's all about the optics (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Eli Yablonovitch

Paper Abstract

For solar cells at 25%, good electron-hole transport is already a given. Further improvements of efficiency above 25% are all about the photon management! Our mantra is: “A good solar cell has to be a good LED; A great solar cell has to be a great LED! It has been found that thin-film cells are more efficient than the best wafer cells. Even more counter-intuitively, solar cells perform best when some of the solar photons are returned as external fluorescence. That is, the external luminescence yield ext, should be maximized. Good external fluorescence produces record output voltage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 November 2016
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9955, Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration XIII—Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Nonimaging Optics, 995506 (2 November 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2238763
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Eli Yablonovitch, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9955:
Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration XIII—Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Nonimaging Optics
Roland Winston; Jeffrey M. Gordon, Editor(s)

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