Broadband absorption enhancement in ultra-thin crystalline silicon solar cells by incorporating low cost aluminum nanoparticles

Samarth Jain, Valerie Depauw, Christos Trompoukis, Vladimir Miljkovic, Pol Van Dorpe, Alexandre Dmitriev, Ivan Gordon, Ounsi El Daif

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Abstract

In this study nanodisks made from aluminum are incorporated in a back-reflector scheme in order to enhance the maximum achievable current in one-micron thick crystalline silicon solar cells. We perform three-dimensional numerical investigations of the backward scattering properties of aluminum nanodisks located at the back side, and optimize them for enhancing the absorption in the silicon layer. We also compare our results with previously optimized silver nanodisks and show that Al nanodisks are nearly as efficient as Ag counterpart. We show that if the absorption in the metallic back reflector (flat metal layer) can be avoided; this results in a further enhancement in absorption in the ultra-thin silicon layer. The proposed configuration results in a broadband (500nm to 1200nm) enhancement of absorption (∼ 58 %) for ultra-thin solar cells and has a great potential in thin film photovoltaic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages555-559
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479932993
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013 - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: 16 Jun 201321 Jun 2013

Other

Other39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityTampa, FL
Period16/6/1321/6/13

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Silicon solar cells
Nanoparticles
Crystalline materials
Aluminum
Silicon
Costs
Solar cells
Silver
Scattering
Thin films
Metals

Keywords

  • Absorption
  • Aluminum
  • Photovoltaic cells
  • Plasmons
  • Silicon
  • Thin Films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Jain, S., Depauw, V., Trompoukis, C., Miljkovic, V., Van Dorpe, P., Dmitriev, A., ... Daif, O. E. (2013). Broadband absorption enhancement in ultra-thin crystalline silicon solar cells by incorporating low cost aluminum nanoparticles. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (pp. 555-559). [6744212] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744212

Broadband absorption enhancement in ultra-thin crystalline silicon solar cells by incorporating low cost aluminum nanoparticles. / Jain, Samarth; Depauw, Valerie; Trompoukis, Christos; Miljkovic, Vladimir; Van Dorpe, Pol; Dmitriev, Alexandre; Gordon, Ivan; Daif, Ounsi El.

Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2013. p. 555-559 6744212.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Jain, S, Depauw, V, Trompoukis, C, Miljkovic, V, Van Dorpe, P, Dmitriev, A, Gordon, I & Daif, OE 2013, Broadband absorption enhancement in ultra-thin crystalline silicon solar cells by incorporating low cost aluminum nanoparticles. in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference., 6744212, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 555-559, 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013, Tampa, FL, United States, 16/6/13. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744212
Jain S, Depauw V, Trompoukis C, Miljkovic V, Van Dorpe P, Dmitriev A et al. Broadband absorption enhancement in ultra-thin crystalline silicon solar cells by incorporating low cost aluminum nanoparticles. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2013. p. 555-559. 6744212 https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744212
Jain, Samarth ; Depauw, Valerie ; Trompoukis, Christos ; Miljkovic, Vladimir ; Van Dorpe, Pol ; Dmitriev, Alexandre ; Gordon, Ivan ; Daif, Ounsi El. / Broadband absorption enhancement in ultra-thin crystalline silicon solar cells by incorporating low cost aluminum nanoparticles. Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2013. pp. 555-559
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