Photovoltaic solar electricity: State of the art and future prospects

T. M. Razykov

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Abstract

We review here the technical progress made in the past several years in the area of single and polycrystalline thin film PV (photovoltaic) technologies based on Si, III-V, II-VI and I-III-VI2 semiconductors. PV electricity is one of the most options identified for sustainable providing of future energy requirements of the world. At the moment PV market is growing rapidly by 30-40% each year like telecommunication and computers. PV production was 520 MW in 2002. Si and GaAs single crystalline solar cells performed high efficiency very closed to theoretically predicted maximum value. Single- and polycrystalline Si solar cells still remain the predominant PV technology at the present. The cost of these solar cells is rather high (US$ 3.5-4.5). Thin film PV was developed as a means of substantially reducing the cost of solar cells. Remarkable progress has been achieved in this field for recent years. CdTe and Cu(In, Ga)Se2 thin film solar cells performed a record efficiencies of 16-17% and 18-19% respectively. These values are highest for thin film solar cells. The thermodynamic limit of the solar energy conversion to electricity is 93-95%. This goal can be achieved on thin film quantum well solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICEMS 2003 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages297-301
Number of pages5
Volume1
ISBN (Print)750626210X, 9787506262101
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems, ICEMS 2003 - Beijing, China
Duration: 9 Nov 200311 Nov 2003

Other

Other6th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems, ICEMS 2003
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period9/11/0311/11/03

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Solar cells
Electricity
Thin films
Energy conversion
Solar energy
Semiconductor quantum wells
Telecommunication
Costs
Thermodynamics
Semiconductor materials
Crystalline materials
Thin film solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Razykov, T. M. (2003). Photovoltaic solar electricity: State of the art and future prospects. In ICEMS 2003 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (Vol. 1, pp. 297-301). [1273871] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc..

Photovoltaic solar electricity : State of the art and future prospects. / Razykov, T. M.

ICEMS 2003 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems. Vol. 1 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2003. p. 297-301 1273871.

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

Razykov, TM 2003, Photovoltaic solar electricity: State of the art and future prospects. in ICEMS 2003 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems. vol. 1, 1273871, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 297-301, 6th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems, ICEMS 2003, Beijing, China, 9/11/03.
Razykov TM. Photovoltaic solar electricity: State of the art and future prospects. In ICEMS 2003 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems. Vol. 1. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2003. p. 297-301. 1273871
Razykov, T. M. / Photovoltaic solar electricity : State of the art and future prospects. ICEMS 2003 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems. Vol. 1 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2003. pp. 297-301
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