Structural impact and optical optimization in stretchable thin film flexible solar cells

Li Chen, Weidong Zhou, Meng Tao

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Abstract

Surface texturing in bulk silicon solar cells leads to record high efficiencies due to the reduced reflection and increased optical path lengths. High efficiency thin film solar cells are also feasible with a combination of ultra-thin absorption layer and textured structural design. Based on the rigorous coupled-wave analysis, we report here the structural impact and optical optimization of thin film flexible solar cells with wavy and V-shaped stretchable thin film designs. Compared to the flat thin film solar cells, the effective optical path lengths increases by five-fold at longer wavelength, and the efficiency doubles in wavy and V-shaped thin film solar cells with the same absorption layer thicknesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 8th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE-NANO
Pages55-58
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 10 2008
Event2008 8th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE-NANO - Arlington, TX, United States
Duration: Aug 18 2008Aug 21 2008

Publication series

Name2008 8th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE-NANO

Other

Other2008 8th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE-NANO
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, TX
Period8/18/088/21/08

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Chen, L., Zhou, W., & Tao, M. (2008). Structural impact and optical optimization in stretchable thin film flexible solar cells. In 2008 8th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE-NANO (pp. 55-58). [4617006] (2008 8th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE-NANO). https://doi.org/10.1109/NANO.2008.24