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High-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells: status and perspectives

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With a global market share of about 90%, crystalline silicon is by far the most important photovoltaic technology today. This article reviews the dynamic field of crystalline silicon photovoltaics from a device-engineering perspective. First, it discusses key factors responsible for the success of the classic dopant-diffused silicon homojunction solar cell. Next it analyzes two archetypal high-efficiency device architectures – the interdigitated back-contact silicon cell and the silicon heterojunction cell – both of which have demonstrated power conversion efficiencies greater than 25%. Last, it gives an up-to-date summary of promising recent pathways for further efficiency improvements and cost reduction employing novel carrier-selective passivating contact schemes, as well as tandem multi-junction architectures, in particular those that combine silicon absorbers with organic–inorganic perovskite materials.

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Submitted
05 Nov 2015
Accepted
11 Feb 2016
First published
12 Feb 2016

This article is Open Access

Energy Environ. Sci., 2016,9, 1552-1576
Article type
Review Article
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High-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells: status and perspectives

C. Battaglia, A. Cuevas and S. De Wolf, Energy Environ. Sci., 2016, 9, 1552
DOI: 10.1039/C5EE03380B

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