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Thin-Film Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells
Author(s): G. F. Fulop
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Paper Abstract

Progress in the development of thin-film polycrystalline CdTe solar cells is reviewed. A wide variety of film preparation techniques is currently being used: Vacuum Evaporation, Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), Spray Pyrolysis, Screen Printing/Sintering, and Electrodepositon. These techniques differ considerably with regard to the quality of the films produced and the level of maturity of the technologies. Only methods producing all-thin-film solar cells are considered. Progress has been rapid and, in 1982, a 10% efficient thin-film solar cell was demonstrated. Work is now in progress at a number of different laboratories to produce a commercially viable solar cell. A critical comparison is made of the various approaches.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1983
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0407, Photovoltaics for Solar Energy Applications II, (8 September 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935691
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G. F. Fulop, G. F. Fulop Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0407:
Photovoltaics for Solar Energy Applications II
David Adler, Editor(s)

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