Impact of Tabula Rasa and Phosphorus Diffusion Gettering on 21% Heterojunction Solar Cells Based on n-Type Czochralski-Grown Upgrade Metallurgical-Grade Silicon

Rabin Basnet, William Weigand, Zhengshan Yu, Chang Sun, Sieu P. Phang, Fiacre E. Rougieux, Roland Einhaus, Julien Degoulange, Zachary Holman, Daniel Macdonald

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Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of tabula rasa (TR) and phosphorus diffusion gettering (PDG), both in isolation and in combination, for improving the electronic quality of n-type Czochralski grown Upgraded Metallurgical-Grade (UMG) silicon wafers. We have found that the bulk lifetimes of the UMG wafers were affected by both oxygen precipitate nuclei and mobile metallic impurities. Thus, we achieved the best bulk lifetimes after subjecting the UMG wafers to a TR step prior to a PDG step. Further, we report silicon heterojunction solar cells results based on the UMG wafers subjected to a TR step prior to a PDG step. The best in-house measured efficiencies were 21.2 % and 20.8 % for the UMG wafers from the middle and tail regions of the ingot, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1687-1691
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538685297
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2018
Event7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - Waikoloa Village, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Other

Other7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa Village
Period6/10/186/15/18

Keywords

  • Czochralski
  • phosphorus diffusion gettering
  • silicon heterojunction solar cell
  • tabula rasa and upgraded metallurgical-grade silicon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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    Basnet, R., Weigand, W., Yu, Z., Sun, C., Phang, S. P., Rougieux, F. E., Einhaus, R., Degoulange, J., Holman, Z., & Macdonald, D. (2018). Impact of Tabula Rasa and Phosphorus Diffusion Gettering on 21% Heterojunction Solar Cells Based on n-Type Czochralski-Grown Upgrade Metallurgical-Grade Silicon. In 2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC (pp. 1687-1691). [8548218] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2018.8548218