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Process Development and Basic Studies of Electrochemically Deposited CdTe-Based Solar Cells; Annual Technical Report, Phase I: May 15, 1998 - May 14, 1999

Description: The project describes long-term research and development issues related to polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. The general research approach is based on combining activities aimed at improvement of cell performance and stability with activities aimed at increasing fundamental understanding of the properties of materials making up the cells: CdTe, CdS, multi-layer back contact, and transparent conducting oxide (TCO) front contact. The authors emphasize the relation between structural and electronic material properties and various processing procedures, as well as the microscopic mechanisms responsible for the cell performance and its degradation. Major results and conclusions of this project include: (1) Stress tests of the cells under various stress conditions revealed conditions providing the most severe degrading of different cell parameters; (2) Consecutive stress testing under different bias revealed some reversible effects; (3) Preliminary analysis of the data obtained demonstrated a significant role of electromigration of the charged defects/impurities; (4) Some new approaches for the cell characterization and the data analysis were developed and checked experimentally; (5) New stress test experiments were planned for continued studies of degradation mechanisms.
Date: August 25, 2000
Creator: Kaydanov, V.I. & Ohno, T.R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Optimization of Processing and Modeling Issues for Thin Film Solar Cell Devices Including Concepts for The Development of Polycrystalline Multijunctions: Annual Report; 24 August 1998-23 August 1999

Description: This report describes results achieved during phase 1 of a three-phase subcontract to develop and understand thin-film solar cell technology associated to CuInSe{sub 2} and related alloys, a-Si and its alloys, and CdTe. Modules based on all these thin films are promising candidates to meet DOE long-range efficiency, reliability, and manufacturing cost goals. The critical issues being addressed under this program are intended to provide the science and engineering basis for the development of viable commercial processes and to improve module performance. The generic research issues addressed are: (1) quantitative analysis of processing steps to provide information for efficient commercial-scale equipment design and operation; (2) device characterization relating the device performance to materials properties and process conditions; (3) development of alloy materials with different bandgaps to allow improved device structures for stability and compatibility with module design; (4) development of improved window/heterojunction layers and contacts to improve device performance and reliability; and (5) evaluation of cell stability with respect to illumination, temperature, and ambient and with respect to device structure and module encapsulation.
Date: August 25, 2000
Creator: Birkmire, R.W.; Phillips, J.E.; Shafarman, W.N.; Eser, E.; Hegedus, S.S. & McCandless, B.E. (Institute of Energy Conversion)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Optimization of processing and modeling issues for thin film solar cell devices: Final report, February 3, 1997--September 1, 1998

Description: This final report describes results achieved under a 20-month NREL subcontract to develop and understand thin-film solar cell technology associated to CuInSe{sub 2} and related alloys, a-Si and its alloys, and CdTe. Modules based on all these thin films are promising candidates to meet DOE's long-range efficiency, reliability and manufacturing cost goals. The critical issues being addressed under this program are intended to provide the science and engineering basis for the development of viable commercial processes and to improve module performance. The generic research issues addressed are: (1) quantitative analysis of processing steps to provide information for efficient commercial-scale equipment design and operation; (2) device characterization relating the device performance to materials properties and process conditions; (3) development of alloy materials with different bandgaps to allow improved device structures for stability and compatibility with module design; (4) development and improved window/heterojunction layers and contacts to improve device performance and reliability; and (5) evaluation of cell stability with respect to device structure and module encapsulation.
Date: February 28, 2000
Creator: Birkmire, R. W.; Phillips, J. E.; Shafarman, W. N.; Hegedus, S. S. & McCandless, B. E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department