Progress and prospects for ultrathin solar cells

  title={Progress and prospects for ultrathin solar cells},
  author={In{\`e}s Massiot and Andrea Cattoni and St{\'e}phane Collin},
  journal={Nature Energy},
A Brief History of Light Management in Solar Cells
A high density piezoelectric energy harvesting device from highway traffic — System design and road test
Abstract Massive dissipated kinetic energy of roadway traffic is a sustainable energy source that can be harvested via piezoelectric effect. The piezoelectric energy harvesting technology provides a
Additive manufacturing-based recycling of laboratory waste into energy harvesting device for self-powered applications
Abstract The laboratory waste produced in several parts of the world has scaled up the pollution and adverse effect on human health in the present era. The “3 R” (reduce, reuse, and recycle) scheme
Boosting the performance of flexible in-plane micro-supercapacitors by engineering MoS2 nanoparticles embedded in laser-induced graphene
Abstract As an essential miniature energy storage device, flexible in-plane micro-supercapacitors (MSCs) have the advantages of rapid charge and discharge, instantaneously high power output, long
CIGS photovoltaics: reviewing an evolving paradigm
Copper indium selenide chalcopyrite-structure alloys with gallium (CIGS) are unique among the highest performing photovoltaic (PV) semiconductor technologies. They are structurally disordered,
Controllable optical resonances and unidirectional scattering by core-shell nanoparticles
Nanoparticles supporting a distinct series of Mie resonances have enabled a new class of nanoantennas and provide efficient ways to manipulate light at the nanoscale. The ability to flexibly tune the


Free-standing 2.7 μm thick ultrathin crystalline silicon solar cell with efficiency above 12.0%
Abstract In this paper, a record-breaking efficiency of 12.3% is experimentally demonstrated for a flexible free-standing, 2.7-μm-thick ultrathin crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cell, which is the
Graphene-assisted spontaneous relaxation towards dislocation-free heteroepitaxy
The spontaneous relaxation of misfit strain achieved on graphene-coated substrates enables the growth of heteroepitaxial single-crystalline films with reduced dislocation density and could transform the monolithic integration of largely lattice-mismatched systems by covering a wide range of the misfit spectrum.
Optically-thick 300 nm GaAs solar cells using adjacent photonic crystals.
Three strategies for a 300 nm thick GaAs cell are presented, predicting a maximum photocurrent, Jsc=29.9 mA/cm2 under the radiative limit, including an enhanced absorption in the Urbach-tail, and the increased absorption isolating the Fabry-Perot resonances, the single pass absorption and the scattered contribution from the incident light is analyzed.
Revisiting thin silicon for photovoltaics: a technoeconomic perspective
It is found that the state-of-the-art industry concept could not achieve the climate targets even with very aggressive financial scenarios, therefore the capex reduction benefit of thin wafers is needed to facilitate more rapid PV growth.
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15% Efficiency Ultrathin Silicon Solar Cells with Fluorine-Doped Titanium Oxide and Chemically Tailored Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):Poly(styrenesulfonate) as Asymmetric Heterocontact.
A promising strategy to fabricate high-performance ultrathin c-Si HSCs with a simple and low-temperature procedure is shown.
A 19.9%-efficient ultrathin solar cell based on a 205-nm-thick GaAs absorber and a silver nanostructured back mirror
Conventional photovoltaic devices are currently made from relatively thick semiconductor layers, ~150 µm for silicon and 2–4 µm for Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2, CdTe or III–V direct bandgap semiconductors.
Cd-Free Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 Thin-Film Solar Cell With Record Efficiency of 23.35%
In this article, the excellent properties of state-of-the-art Cd-free Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)<sub>2</sub> (CIGSSe) solar cells with Zn(O,S,OH)<italic><sub>x</sub></italic>/Zn<sub>0.8</sub>Mg<sub>0.2</sub>O
Development of reflective back contacts for high-efficiency ultrathin Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells
Abstract Because of poor light absorption, Cu(In,Ga)Se2-based (CIGS) solar cells with an ultrathin absorber layer (