Third Generation Photovoltaics

Advanced Solar Energy Conversion

  • M. A. Green

Part of the Springer series in photonics book series (PHOTONICS, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Pages 1-6
  3. Pages 35-58
  4. Pages 59-67
  5. Pages 69-80
  6. Pages 125-126
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 129-160

About this book


Photovoltaics, the direct conversion of sunlight to electricity, is now the fastest growing technology for electricity generation. Present "first generation" products use the same silicon wafers as in microelectronics. "Second generation" thin-films, now entering the market, have the potential to greatly improve the economics by eliminating material costs. Martin Green, one of the world’s foremost photovoltaic researchers, argues in this book that "second generation" photovoltaics will eventually reach its own material cost constraints, engendering a "third generation" of high performance thin-films. The book explores, self-consistently, the energy conversion potential of advanced approaches for improving photovoltaic performance and outlines possible implementation paths.


Photovoltaics Solar energy Solar energy conversion electricity entropy technology

Authors and affiliations

  • M. A. Green
    • 1
  1. 1.Special Research Centre, 3rd Generation PhotovoltaicsUniversity of New South WalesSidneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-26562-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-26563-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1437-0379
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