Investigation of different buffer layers, front and back contacts for CdS/CdTe PV from numerical analysis

M. A. Matin, Nowshad Amin, Kamaruzzaman Sopian

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Abstract

Polycrystalline thin film CdTe shows great promise for efficient, low-cost photovoltaics (PV) cell. A numerical analysis was conducted utilizing AMPS simulator to explore the possibility of higher efficiency and stable CdS/CdTe cell among seven different cell structures with tin oxide (SnO2) and cadmium stannate (Cd2SnO4) as front contact layer, zinc oxide (ZnO) and zinc stannate (Zn2SnO4) as buffer layer and Ag or antimony telluride (Sb2Te3)with Mo as back contact material. It was found that the structure of CTO/ZTO/CdS/CdTe/Ag produced best efficiency over 17%. This analysis has also shown that Cd 2SnO4 front contact, Zn2SnO4 buffer layer and Sb2Te3 back contact materials are suitable for high efficiency (>15.5%) and stable CdTe based cells. Moreover, it was found that the cell normalized efficiency linearly decreased at the temperature gradient of -0.3%/°C.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Pages1628-1631
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009 - Philadelphia, PA
Duration: 7 Jun 200912 Jun 2009

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Other2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period7/6/0912/6/09

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Buffer layers
Numerical analysis
Photovoltaic cells
Antimony
Zinc oxide
Tin oxides
Cadmium
Thermal gradients
Zinc
Simulators
Thin films
Costs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Matin, M. A., Amin, N., & Sopian, K. (2009). Investigation of different buffer layers, front and back contacts for CdS/CdTe PV from numerical analysis. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (pp. 1628-1631). [5411396] https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2009.5411396

Investigation of different buffer layers, front and back contacts for CdS/CdTe PV from numerical analysis. / Matin, M. A.; Amin, Nowshad; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman.

Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 2009. p. 1628-1631 5411396.

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

Matin, MA, Amin, N & Sopian, K 2009, Investigation of different buffer layers, front and back contacts for CdS/CdTe PV from numerical analysis. in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference., 5411396, pp. 1628-1631, 2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009, Philadelphia, PA, 7/6/09. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2009.5411396
Matin MA, Amin N, Sopian K. Investigation of different buffer layers, front and back contacts for CdS/CdTe PV from numerical analysis. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 2009. p. 1628-1631. 5411396 https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2009.5411396
Matin, M. A. ; Amin, Nowshad ; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman. / Investigation of different buffer layers, front and back contacts for CdS/CdTe PV from numerical analysis. Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 2009. pp. 1628-1631
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