Thermal Behavior of Photovoltaic Devices

Physics and Engineering

  • Olivier Dupré
  • Rodolphe Vaillon
  • Martin A. Green

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Olivier Dupré, Rodolphe Vaillon, Martin A. Green
    Pages 1-28
  3. Olivier Dupré, Rodolphe Vaillon, Martin A. Green
    Pages 29-74
  4. Olivier Dupré, Rodolphe Vaillon, Martin A. Green
    Pages 75-103
  5. Olivier Dupré, Rodolphe Vaillon, Martin A. Green
    Pages 105-128
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 129-130

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the thermal issues in photovoltaics. It also offers an extensive overview of the physics involved and insights into possible thermal optimizations of the different photovoltaic device technologies.
In general, temperature negatively affects the efficiency of photovoltaic devices. The first chapter describes the temperature-induced losses in photovoltaic devices and reviews the strategies to overcome them. The second chapter introduces the concept of temperature coefficient, the underlying physics and some guidelines for reducing their negative impacts. Subsequent chapters offer a comprehensive and general thermal model of photovoltaic devices, and review how current and emerging technologies, mainly solar cells but also thermophotovoltaic devices, can benefit from thermal optimizations.
Throughout the book, the authors argue that the energy yield of photovoltaic devices can be optimized by taking their thermal behavior and operating conditions into consideration in their design.


Thermal Optimization of Photovoltaics Device Physics Thermal Science Solar Energy Conversion Temperature Coefficient Efficiency of Photovoltaic Devices

Authors and affiliations

  • Olivier Dupré
    • 1
  • Rodolphe Vaillon
    • 2
  • Martin A. Green
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Lyon, CNRS, INSA-Lyon VilleurbanneFrance
  2. 2.University of Lyon, CNRS, INSA-Lyon VilleurbanneFrance
  3. 3.Schl. Photovoltaic & Renew. Energy Engg.Uni. of NSW, Austl. Centr. Ad. Photovol Schl. Photovoltaic & Renew. Energy Engg.SydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49456-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49457-9
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