Lattice-matched and metamorphic GaInP/GaInAs/Ge concentrator solar cells

R. R. King, C. M. Fetzer, P. C. Colter, K. M. Edmondson, D. C. Law, A. P. Stavrides, H. Yoon, G. S. Kinsey, H. L. Cotal, J. H. Ermer, R. A. Sherif, K. Emery, W. Metzger, R. K. Ahrenkiel, N. H. Karam

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Abstract

Recent developments in epitaxial III-V multijunction solar cell technology have allowed concentrator and 1-sun cells to reach new heights in efficiency under the terrestrial solar spectrum. The bandgaps of the GaInP and GalnAs subcells are controlled by varying indium content, up to 12% indium in the GainAs middle cell, or 0.8% lattice mismatch. Shockley-Read-Hall recombination at dislocations in such metamorphic cells has been restricted to lower levels than previously achieved, and is compared to the lattice-matched case. Terrestrial GaInP/GaInAs/Ge 3-junction cells have been produced at Spectrolab with record efficiencies independently verified at NREL, of 31.3% for metamorphic 1-sun cells and 32.0% for lattice-matched 1-sun cells (25°C, AM1.5G, 4.00 cm 2), and 35.2% for lattice-matched concentrator cells under the AM1.5 Direct, low-AOD spectrum (25°C, 66 suns, 0.26 cm 2).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceddings of the 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
EditorsK. Kurokawa, L.L. Kazmerski, B. McNeils, M. Yamaguchi, C. Wronski
Pages622-625
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventProceddings of the 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion - Osaka, Japan
Duration: May 11 2003May 18 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
VolumeA

Other

OtherProceddings of the 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
CountryJapan
CityOsaka
Period5/11/035/18/03

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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