Nanostructured solar cells for high efficiency photovoltaics

Christiana B. Honsberg, Allen M. Barnett, Douglas Kirkpatrick

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Abstract

The use of nanostructures in photovoltaics offers the potential for high efficiency by either using new physical mechanisms or by allowing solar cells which have efficiencies closer to their theoretical maximum, for example by tailoring material properties. At the same time, nanostructures have potentially low fabrication costs, moving to structures or materials which can be fabricated using chemically or biologically formed materials. Despite this potential, there are multiple and significant challenges in achieving viable nanostructured solar cells, ranging from the demonstration of the fundamental mechanisms, device-level issues such as transport mechanisms and device structures and materials to implement nanostructured solar cells, and low cost fabrication techniques to implement high performance designs. This paper presents the challenges and approaches for using nanostructured solar cells in devices which can approach the thermodynamic limits for solar energy conversion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Record of the 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages2565-2568
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1424400163, 9781424400164
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4 - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: May 7 2006May 12 2006

Publication series

NameConference Record of the 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4
Volume2

Other

Other2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, HI
Period5/7/065/12/06

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Honsberg, C. B., Barnett, A. M., & Kirkpatrick, D. (2006). Nanostructured solar cells for high efficiency photovoltaics. In Conference Record of the 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4 (pp. 2565-2568). [4060204] (Conference Record of the 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4; Vol. 2). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/WCPEC.2006.279769