Role of Doping Dependent Radiative and Non-radiative Recombination in Determining the Limiting Efficiencies of Silicon Solar Cells

Sisir Yalamanchili, Nathan S Lewis, Harry A. Atwater

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Abstract

We show that increasing the bulk doping in a silicon based solar cell can increase the fraction of photo generated carriers that recombine radiatively at open circuit condition. This increases the maximum achievable open circuit voltage (Voc) in a solar cell At higher doping levels auger recombination and band gap narrowing effects dominate leading to a reduction in Voc. Therefore radiative and non-radiative recombinations at Voc determines the optimum doping of the bulk to maximize the performance especially in thin solar cells with increased surface area due to surface texturing.

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.
Pages3223-3226
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

Keywords

  • limiting efficiency
  • photovoltaic cells
  • silicon

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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    Yalamanchili, S., Lewis, N. S., & Atwater, H. A. (2018). Role of Doping Dependent Radiative and Non-radiative Recombination in Determining the Limiting Efficiencies of Silicon Solar Cells. 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. 3223-3226). [8547758] (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.2018.8547758