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Energy Conversion Efficiency of Solar Cells

  • Takashi Kita
  • Yukihiro  Harada
  • Shigeo Asahi
Book

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Takashi Kita, Yukihiro Harada, Shigeo Asahi
    Pages 1-13
  3. Takashi Kita, Yukihiro Harada, Shigeo Asahi
    Pages 15-24
  4. Takashi Kita, Yukihiro Harada, Shigeo Asahi
    Pages 55-79
  5. Takashi Kita, Yukihiro Harada, Shigeo Asahi
    Pages 81-137
  6. Takashi Kita, Yukihiro Harada, Shigeo Asahi
    Pages 139-156
  7. Takashi Kita, Yukihiro Harada, Shigeo Asahi
    Pages 157-202

About this book

Introduction

This book offers a concise primer on energy conversion efficiency and the Shockley-Queisser limit in single p-n junction solar cells. It covers all the important fundamental physics necessary to understand the conversion efficiency, which is indispensable in studying, investigating, analyzing, and designing solar cells in practice. As such it is valuable as a supplementary text for courses on photovoltaics, and bridges the gap between advanced topics in solar cell device engineering and the fundamental physics covered in undergraduate courses.

The book first introduces the principles and features of solar cells compared to those of chemical batteries, and reviews photons, statistics and radiation as the physics of the source energy. Based on these foundations, it clarifies the conversion efficiency of a single p-n junction solar cell and discusses the Shockley-Queisser limit. Furthermore, it looks into various concepts of solar cells for breaking through the efficiency limit given in the single junction solar cell and presents feasible theoretical predictions. To round out readers’ knowledge of p-n junctions, the final chapter also reviews the essential semiconductor physics.

The foundation of solar cell physics and engineering provided here is a valuable resource for readers with no background in solar cells, such as upper undergraduate and master students. At the same time, the deep insights provided allow readers to step seamlessly into other advanced books and their own research topics.

Keywords

Primer on Solar Cells Shockley-Queisser Limit Primer on Photovoltaics Solar Cell Efficiency Detailed Balance Theory in Photovoltaics Energy Conversion Efficiency Limit in PN Junction Solar Cells Carrier Generation and Recombination in Solar Cells Primer on Solar Energy Conversion p-n junction diode P-N junction semiconductor semiconductor materials as photovoltaics

Authors and affiliations

  • Takashi Kita
    • 1
  • Yukihiro  Harada
    • 2
  • Shigeo Asahi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringKobe UniversityKobeJapan
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringKobe UniversityKobeJapan
  3. 3.Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringKobe UniversityKobeJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-9089-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-9088-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-9089-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-3537
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