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Novel concepts for low-cost and high-efficient thin film solar cells
Author(s): D. Gómez; A. Menéndez; P. Sánchez; A. Martínez; L. J. Andrés; M. F. Menéndez; N. Campos; A. García; B. Sánchez
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Paper Abstract

This work presents the activities carried out at ITMA Materials Technology related to the building integration of thin film (TF) photovoltaics (PV). Three different approaches have been developed in order to achieve high efficient solar cells at low manufacturing costs: (i) a new route for manufacturing monolithical silicon based thin film solar cells on building materials, (ii) the use of metallic nanoparticles for light trapping (plasmonic effects and light scattering) and (iii) the luminescent sol-gel coating on glass for solar concentration. In the first case, amorphous silicon modules (single junction) have been successfully manufactured at lab scale on steel and commercial ceramic substrates with efficiencies of 5.4% and 4.0%, respectively. Promising initial attempts have been also made in ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), a polymer with high potential in textile architecture. In a similar way, the development of nanotechnology based coatings (metallic nanoparticles and luminescent materials) represent the most innovative part of the work and some preliminary results are showed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8110, Thin Film Solar Technology III, 81100S (13 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.893342
Show Author Affiliations
D. Gómez, ITMA Materials Technology (Spain)
A. Menéndez, ITMA Materials Technology (Spain)
P. Sánchez, ITMA Materials Technology (Spain)
A. Martínez, ITMA Materials Technology (Spain)
L. J. Andrés, ITMA Materials Technology (Spain)
M. F. Menéndez, ITMA Materials Technology (Spain)
N. Campos, ITMA Materials Technology (Spain)
A. García, ITMA Materials Technology (Spain)
B. Sánchez, Acciona Instalaciones (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8110:
Thin Film Solar Technology III
Louay A. Eldada, Editor(s)

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