Effect of texturing and surface preparation on lifetime and cell performance in heterojunction silicon solar cells

Matthew Edwards, Stuart Bowden, Ujjwal Das, Michael Burrows

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Heterojunction solar cells have potential for very high device voltages and currents, yet this relies on correct preparation of wafer surfaces prior to amorphous silicon (a-Si) deposition. This paper investigates the preparation of wafer surfaces by NaOH texturing and thinning prior to a-Si intrinsic layer deposition. It is found that with a CP etch or low-temperature anneal, and with correct deposition parameters, effective wafer lifetimes in excess of 1 ms can be achieved, indicating excellent surface passivation. Low reflectance achieved following wafer texturing along with high wafer lifetime led to efficiencies in finished devices as high as 17.6%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1373-1377
Number of pages5
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Heterojunctions
  • HIT cells
  • Lifetime
  • Surface treatments
  • Texturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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