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Flexible A-SI Based Solar Cells with Plastic Film Substrate

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 February 2011

Yukimi Ichikawa
Affiliation:
New Energy Laboratory, Fuji Electric Corporate Research and Development, Ltd. 2-2-1, Nagasaka, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 240-01, Japan
Shinji Fujikake
Affiliation:
New Energy Laboratory, Fuji Electric Corporate Research and Development, Ltd. 2-2-1, Nagasaka, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 240-01, Japan
Katsuya Tabuchi
Affiliation:
New Energy Laboratory, Fuji Electric Corporate Research and Development, Ltd. 2-2-1, Nagasaka, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 240-01, Japan
Toshiaki Sasaki
Affiliation:
New Energy Laboratory, Fuji Electric Corporate Research and Development, Ltd. 2-2-1, Nagasaka, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 240-01, Japan
Toshio Hama
Affiliation:
New Energy Laboratory, Fuji Electric Corporate Research and Development, Ltd. 2-2-1, Nagasaka, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 240-01, Japan
Takashi Yoshida
Affiliation:
New Energy Laboratory, Fuji Electric Corporate Research and Development, Ltd. 2-2-1, Nagasaka, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 240-01, Japan
Hiroshi Sakai
Affiliation:
New Energy Laboratory, Fuji Electric Corporate Research and Development, Ltd. 2-2-1, Nagasaka, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 240-01, Japan
Misao Saga
Affiliation:
New Energy Laboratory, Fuji Electric Corporate Research and Development, Ltd. 2-2-1, Nagasaka, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 240-01, Japan
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Abstract

A flexible amorphous silicon (a-Si) based photovoltaic (PV) module has been developed. The a-Si solar cell fabricated on a heat-resistance plastic film with a thickness of 50μm has a new monolithic series-connected structure named SCAF to obtain a high output voltage required for practical use. Applying a-Si/a-SiGe double-junction structure to 40cm × 80cm SCAF solar cells, we obtained a stabilized efficiency of 9% with an excellent reproducibility. Flexible PV modules fabricated from the SCAF solar cells have been tested in several demonstration sites to study their durability under outdoor conditions.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 1999

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References

1. Ichikawa, Y et al. (1993) “Large-area Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells with High Stabilized Efficiency and Their Fablication Technology”, 23rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 10-14 May 1993, Lousville, USA.Google Scholar
2. Ichikawa, Y et al. (1994) “A New Structure a-Si Solar Cell with Plastic Film Substrate”, 1st World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy and Conversion, 5-9 December 1994, Waikoloa, Hawaii.Google Scholar
3. Ichikawa, Y et al. (1996) “Film-substrate a-Si Solar Cells with a new monolithic Series-connected Structure”, Journal of Non-crystalline Solids, 198–200 (1996), 10811086.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
4. Horiguchi, M et al. (1996) “A Flexible PV Module for Residential Applications”, International PVSEC-9, 11-15 Nov. 1996, Miyazaki, Japan.Google Scholar

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