Investigation of Thin Film Solar Cells on CdS/CdTe Base with Different Back Contacts


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The peculiarities of photo-electric processes in thin film CdS/CdTe solar cells (SC) with different back electrodes (Cu/Au, ITO, Cu/ITO) have been studied. As it was established by capacitance – voltage (C – V) characteristics, the potential barrier heights for CdTe/Cu/Au and CdTe/ITO were 0.3 eV and 2.2 eV, respectively. The concentrations of charge carriers near back contact consisted 91020 m–3 and 21021 m–3, respectively. A high carrier concentration and high potential barrier of the ITO back contact caused the tunnel – recombination mechanism of the charge transport. The investigations of CdS/CdTe/ITO SC spectral photosensitivity testify a negative impact of the developed grain-boundary surface of the base layer on the processes of diffusion and separation of non-equilibrium current carriers generated by short-wave radiation. It is shown that the deposition of Cu nanolayer before the deposition of ITO films give stable efficiency 10 % for bifacial CdS/CdTe solar cells.



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Pietro VINCENZINI, Kunihito KOUMOTO, Nicola ROMEO and Mark MEHOS




G. Khrypunov et al., "Investigation of Thin Film Solar Cells on CdS/CdTe Base with Different Back Contacts", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 74, pp. 119-123, 2010

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October 2010




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