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Solar cell theory, materials, fabrication, design, modules, and systems are discussed. The solar source of light energy is described and quantified, along with a review of semiconductor properties… Expand
Within the space of a few years, hybrid organic–inorganic perovskite solar cells have emerged as one of the most exciting material platforms in the photovoltaic sector. This review describes the… Expand
While the photovoltaics industry is currently dominated by silicon wafer-based "first generation" technology, there is a clear move towards "second generation" thin-film technology. Second generation… Expand
A new silicon solar cell structure, the passivated emitter and rear cell, is described. The cell structure has yielded independently confirmed efficiencies of up to 22.8%, the highest ever reported… Expand
An updated tabulation is presented of the optical properties of intrinsic silicon relevant to solar cell calculations. the absorption coeficient, refractive index and extinction coeficient at 300 K… Expand
The light trapping properties of textured optical sheets have become of recent interest in photovoltaic energy conversion since light trapping allows a significant reduction in the thickness of… Expand
Birds on migration alternate between consuming fuel stores during flights and accumulating fuel stores during stopovers. The optimal timing and length of flights and stopovers for successful… Expand
S. Pillai would like to acknowledge the UNSW Faculty of Engineering Research Scholarship. K.R. Catchpole acknowledges the support of an Australian Research Council fellowship.
The first silicon solar cell was reported in 1941 and had less than 1% energy conversion efficiency compared to the 25% efficiency milestone reported in this paper. Standardisation of past… Expand
This paper reports the recent improvements in the energy conversion efficiencies of solar cells on magnetically-confined Czochralski grown (MCZ) and float zone (FZ) silicon substrates at the… Expand