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Temperature Dependence of Silicon-based Thin Film Solar Cells on Their Intrinsic Absorber

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2011

Kobsak Sriprapha
Affiliation:
kobsak@solid.pe.titech.ac.jp, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Physical Electronics, 2-12-1, S9-9, O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 152-8552, Japan, +81357342662, +81357342897
Ihsanul Afdi Yunaz
Affiliation:
Ihsan.y.aa@m.titech.ac.jp, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Physical Electronics, 2-12-1, S9-9, O-okayama, Meguro-ku,, Tokyo, 152-8552, Japan
Shuichi Hiza
Affiliation:
hiza@solid.pe.titech.ac.jp, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Physical Electronics, 2-12-1, S9-9, O-okayama, Meguro-ku,, Tokyo, 152-8552, Japan
Kun Ho Ahn
Affiliation:
ahn.k.aa@m.titech.ac.jp, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Physical Electronics, 2-12-1, S9-9, O-okayama, Meguro-ku,, Tokyo, 152-8552, Japan
Seung Yeop Myong
Affiliation:
myongsy@kaist.ac.kr, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Physical Electronics, 2-12-1, S9-9, O-okayama, Meguro-ku,, Tokyo, 152-8552, Japan
Akira Yamada
Affiliation:
yamada.a.ac@m.titech.ac.jp, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Quantum Nanoelectronics Research Center, 2-12-1, S9-9, O-okayama, Meguro-ku,, Tokyo, 152-8552, Japan
Makoto Konagai
Affiliation:
konagai.m.aa@m.titech.ac.jp, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Physical Electronics, 2-12-1, S9-9, O-okayama, Meguro-ku,, Tokyo, 152-8552, Japan
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Abstract

The temperature dependence of Si-based thin-film single junction solar cells on the phase of the intrinsic absorber is investigated in order to find the optimal absorber at high operating temperatures. For comparison, hydrogenated amorphous, protocrystalline, and microcrystalline silicon solar cells are fabricated by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition and hot-wired CVD techniques. Photo J-V characteristics are measured using a solar simulator at the ambient temperature range of 25-85°C. It is found that the cells with a higher open-circuit voltage usually show lower temperature-dependent behaviors; the protocrystalline silicon solar cells provide the lowest temperature coefficient of efficiency, while the microcrystalline silicon solar cells are highly sensitive to the temperature. Therefore, protocrystalline silicon solar cells are promising for use in high temperature regions.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2007

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