Effects of Sub-gap Absorption on Photovoltaic Performance

Stefan T. Omelchenko, Joeson Wong, Nathan S Lewis, Harry A. Atwater

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Abstract

The theoretical maximum photovoltaic efficiency is bounded by the Shockley-Queisser model which assumes that the photovoltaic material has step-function like absorptance, with zero absorption below its bandgap and perfect absorption above. However, typical photovoltaic materials exhibit absorption with an exponential dependence below its bandgap, known as the'Urbach tail' whose steepness is dependent on the Urbach parameter. Using a modified detailed balance model that accounts for sub-gap absorption we show that photovoltaic performance is strongly affected by the magnitude of the Urbach parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1837-1840
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538685297
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 26 2018
Event7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - Waikoloa Village, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC

Other

Other7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa Village
Period6/10/186/15/18

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Keywords

  • detailed balance
  • Shockley-Queisser limit Urbach tail
  • sub-gap absorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Omelchenko, S. T., Wong, J., Lewis, N. S., & Atwater, H. A. (2018). Effects of Sub-gap Absorption on Photovoltaic Performance. In 2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC (pp. 1837-1840). [8547909] (2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2018.8547909