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Characterization of MOCVD Thin-Film CdTe Photovoltaics on Space-Qualified Cover Glass

Lamb, DA, Irvine, SJC, Clayton, AJ, Kartopu, G, Barrioz, V, Hodgson, SD, Baker, MA, Grilli, R, Hall, J, Underwood, CI and Kimber, R (2016) Characterization of MOCVD Thin-Film CdTe Photovoltaics on Space-Qualified Cover Glass IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 6 (2). pp. 557-561.

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Abstract

This paper details the AM0 conversion efficiency of a metal-organic chemical vapor phase deposition thin-film cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell deposited onto a cerium-doped cover glass (100 μm). An AM0 best cell conversion efficiency of 12.4% (0.25-cm2 contact area) is reported. An AM0 mean efficiency of 12.1% over eight cells demonstrated good spatial uniformity. Excellent adhesion of the cell structure to the cover glass was observed with an adhesive strength of 38 MPa being measured before cohesive failure of the test adhesive. The device structure on cover glass was also subject to severe thermal shock cycling of +80 °C to -196 °C, showing no signs of delamination and no deterioration of the photovoltaic (PV) performance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Mechanical Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Lamb, DAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Irvine, SJCUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Clayton, AJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kartopu, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Barrioz, VUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hodgson, SDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Baker, MAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grilli, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hall, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Underwood, CIUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kimber, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : March 2016
Funders : Engineering and Physical Science Research Council
Identification Number : 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2016.2520199
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 IEEE. Personal use is permitted, but republication/redistribution requires IEEE permission.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Cadmium telluride (CdTe), metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), photovoltaic (PV) cells, transparent conductive oxide (TCO)
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 27 Jul 2016 10:27
Last Modified : 27 Jul 2016 10:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811474

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