An overview of crystalline silicon solar cell technology: Past, present, and future

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Abstract

Crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cell, ever since its inception, has been identified as the only economically and environmentally sustainable renewable resource to replace fossil fuels. Performance c-Si based photovoltaic (PV) technology has been equal to the task. Its price has been reduced by a factor of 250 over last twenty years (from ∼ 76 USD to ∼ 0.3 USD); its market growth is expected to reach 100 GWP by 2020. Unfortunately, it is still 3-4 times higher than carbon-based fuels. With the matured PV manufacturing technology as it exists today, continuing price reduction poses stiff challenges. Alternate manufacturing approaches in combination with thin wafers, low (< 10 x) optical enhancement with Fresnel lenses, band-gap engineering for enhanced optical absorption, and newer, advanced solar cell configurations including partially transparent bifacial and back contact solar cells will be required. This paper will present a detailed, cost-based analysis of advanced solar cell manufacturing technologies aimed at higher (∼ 22 %) efficiency with existing equipment and processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Conference on the Advancement of Materials and Nanotechnology, ICAMN IV 2016
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Volume1877
ISBN (Electronic)9780735415577
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2017
Event4th International Conference on the Advancement of Materials and Nanotechnology, ICAMN 2016 - Langkawi, Malaysia
Duration: 9 Nov 201611 Nov 2016

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Other4th International Conference on the Advancement of Materials and Nanotechnology, ICAMN 2016
CountryMalaysia
CityLangkawi
Period9/11/1611/11/16

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solar cells
manufacturing
Fresnel lenses
fossil fuels
resources
optical absorption
wafers
engineering
costs
augmentation
carbon
silicon
configurations

Keywords

  • c-Si
  • Photovoltaic
  • Solar Cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Sopian, K., Cheow, S. L., & Zaidi, S. H. (2017). An overview of crystalline silicon solar cell technology: Past, present, and future. In 4th International Conference on the Advancement of Materials and Nanotechnology, ICAMN IV 2016 (Vol. 1877). [020004] American Institute of Physics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4999854

An overview of crystalline silicon solar cell technology : Past, present, and future. / Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Cheow, S. L.; Zaidi, Saleem H.

4th International Conference on the Advancement of Materials and Nanotechnology, ICAMN IV 2016. Vol. 1877 American Institute of Physics Inc., 2017. 020004.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sopian, K, Cheow, SL & Zaidi, SH 2017, An overview of crystalline silicon solar cell technology: Past, present, and future. in 4th International Conference on the Advancement of Materials and Nanotechnology, ICAMN IV 2016. vol. 1877, 020004, American Institute of Physics Inc., 4th International Conference on the Advancement of Materials and Nanotechnology, ICAMN 2016, Langkawi, Malaysia, 9/11/16. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4999854
Sopian K, Cheow SL, Zaidi SH. An overview of crystalline silicon solar cell technology: Past, present, and future. In 4th International Conference on the Advancement of Materials and Nanotechnology, ICAMN IV 2016. Vol. 1877. American Institute of Physics Inc. 2017. 020004 https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4999854
Sopian, Kamaruzzaman ; Cheow, S. L. ; Zaidi, Saleem H. / An overview of crystalline silicon solar cell technology : Past, present, and future. 4th International Conference on the Advancement of Materials and Nanotechnology, ICAMN IV 2016. Vol. 1877 American Institute of Physics Inc., 2017.
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