Numerical analysis of the temperature effects on single junction solar cells efficiencies

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Abstract

A numerical analysis of the temperature effects on single-junction solar cells efficiencies is presented. In this work the temperature effects are included both explicitly in the input empirical parameters such as the mobility, carrier concentration, affinity energy, etc. and implicitly considered in the governing physics. The semiconductors used in this study are Si, GaAs, and CdTe, and the temperature range were chosen to be in the range from 300 K to 350 K to mimic realistic operation range. For the Si cell, the efficiency dropped from 25.84% at room temperature to around 20.95% at 350 K, for GaAS cell from 28.01% to 23.95%, and for CdTe from 18.87% to 17.20%. Quantitatively CdTe cells are less affected by temperature change compared to Si and GaAs Cells; but, within the used range, still Si and GaAs cells are more efficient than CdTe.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages779-781
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781479932993
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013 - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: 16 Jun 201321 Jun 2013

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Other

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

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Keywords

  • SCAPS
  • Solar cell simulation
  • Solar cells
  • Temperature effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Hossain, M. I., Bousselham, A., & Alharbi, F. H. (2013). Numerical analysis of the temperature effects on single junction solar cells efficiencies. In 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013 (pp. 779-781). [6744264] (Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744264