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Physics and Technology of Amorphous-Crystalline Heterostructure Silicon Solar Cells

  • Wilfried G. J. H. M. van Sark
  • Lars Korte
  • Francesco Roca


  • Updated state-of-the art of heterojunction thin film solar cell research

  • Written for all experts in this field

  • Recent research in Physics and Technology of Amorphous-Crystalline Heterostructure Silicon Solar Cells


Part of the Engineering Materials book series (ENG.MAT., volume 0)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Miro Zeman, Dong Zhang
    Pages 13-43
  3. Florian Ruske
    Pages 301-330
  4. Mario Tucci, Luca Serenelli, Simona De Iuliis, Massimo Izzi, Giampiero de Cesare, Domenico Caputo
    Pages 331-375
  5. Caspar Leendertz, Rolf Stangl
    Pages 459-482
  6. Djicknoum Diouf, Jean-Paul Kleider, Christophe Longeaud
    Pages 483-519
  7. Niels E. Posthuma, Barry J. O’Sullivan, Ivan Gordon
    Pages 521-537
  8. Delfina Muñoz, Thibaut Desrues, Pierre-Jean Ribeyron
    Pages 539-572
  9. Back Matter

About this book


The challenge of developing photovoltaic (PV) technology to a cost-competitive alternative for established energy sources can be achieved using simple, high-throughput mass-production compatible processes. Issues to be addressed for large scale PV deployment in large power plants or in building integrated applications are enhancing the performance of solar energy systems by increasing solar cell efficiency, using low amounts of materials which are durable, stable, and abundant on earth, and reducing manufacturing and installation cost. Today’s solar cell multi-GW market is dominated by crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafer technology, however new cell concepts are entering the market. One very promising solar cell design to answer these needs is the silicon hetero-junction solar cell, of which the emitter and back surface field are basically produced by a low temperature growth of ultra-thin layers of amorphous silicon. In this design, amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) constitutes both "emitter" and "base-contact/back surface field" on both sides of a thin crystalline silicon wafer-base (c-Si) where the photogenerated electrons and holes are generated; at the same time, a Si:H passivates the c-Si surface. Recently, cell efficiencies above 23% have been demonstrated for such solar cells. In this book, the editors present an overview of the state-of-the-art in physics and technology of amorphous-crystalline heterostructure silicon solar cells.


Heterojunction Modelling Thin Films

Editors and affiliations

  • Wilfried G. J. H. M. van Sark
    • 1
  • Lars Korte
    • 2
  • Francesco Roca
    • 3
  1. 1.Copernicus Institute Science Technology and SocietyUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Inst. Silizium-PhotovoltaikHelmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und EnergieBerlinGermany
  3. 3.ENEA - Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico SostenibileUnità Tecnologie PorticiNapoliItaly

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