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Improvement of solar cell efficiency using nano-scale top and bottom grating
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We study solar-cell designs using nano-grating on both top (transmission) and bottom (reflection) of the solar cell. First, we perform simulations based on rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA) to evaluate the diffraction top gratins. In RCWA method, we calculate up to 20 harmonics, and sweep the launch angle of incident light from 0 to 90 degree. The incident light varies from100nm to 1200nm wavelength. Triangular grating can achieve higher light absorption compared to the rectangular grating. The best top grating is around 200nm grating period, 100nm grating height, and 50% filling factor, which responses to 37% improvement for triangular grating and 23% for rectangular grating compared to non-grating case. Then, we use Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) to simulate transmission/reflection double grating cases. We simulated triangular-triangular (top-bottom) grating cases and triangular-rectangular (top-bottom) grating case. We realize solar cell efficiency improvement about 42.4%. For the triangular-triangular (top-bottom) grating case, the 20% efficiency improvement is achieved. Finally, we present weighted-light simulation for the double grating for the first time and show the best grating can achieve 104% light improvement, which is quite different from traditional non-weighted calculation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8111, Next Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion II, 811111 (20 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892807
Show Author Affiliations
Xiaomin Jin, California Polytechnic State Univ. (United States)
Ashton Ellaboudy, California Polytechnic State Univ. (United States)
Greg Chavoor, California Polytechnic State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8111:
Next Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion II
Loucas Tsakalakos, Editor(s)

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