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Inorganic benchmarks for organic solar cells: considerations of efficiency, stability, and cost
Author(s): David Faiman
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Paper Abstract

The paper reviews first, the recent history of commercial thin film photovoltaic modules in terms of measurements we have performed on their true AM1.5 efficiency (under natural sunlight), and their observed long-term stability properties. Attention is focused on the first generation of single-junction amorphous silicon (a-Si) modules that became available during the 1980s, and we compare their performance with those of late-1990s models fabricated with multi-junction a-Si, CdTe and CuInSe2 thin films. The efficiency and stability of these modules are compared with corresponding measurements we have performed on the high-efficiency organic solar cells that were recently produced at the Johannes Keppler University of Linz. Finally, we review the economics of grid-connected PV systems in order to provide cost benchmarks for future organic competitors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4465, Organic Photovoltaics II, (21 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456924
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David Faiman, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4465:
Organic Photovoltaics II
Zakya H. Kafafi; Denis Fichou, Editor(s)

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