Abundant non-toxic materials for thin film solar cells: Alternative to conventional materials

Fahhad Alharbi, John D. Bass, Abdelmajid Salhi, Ahmed Alyamani, Ho Cheol Kim, Robert D. Miller

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Presented are the results of a comparative analysis to identify abundant, non-toxic binary materials with potential applicability for photovoltaics. Materials other than the conventional Si, CdTe, and Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) are examined. The screening is based on the materials' bulk properties and a set of environmental, physical, and chemical criteria. The screening process is detailed and the properties and applicability of the screened materials are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2753-2758
Number of pages6
JournalRenewable Energy
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011



  • Abundant materials
  • Non-toxic materials
  • Thin film solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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