Amorphous and Microcrystalline Silicon Solar Cells: Modeling, Materials and Device Technology

  • Ruud E. I. Schropp
  • Miro Zeman

Part of the Electronic Materials: Science & Technology book series (EMST, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Technology of Amorphous and Microcrystalline Silicon Solar Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ruud E. I. Schropp, Miro Zeman
      Pages 3-7
    3. Ruud E. I. Schropp, Miro Zeman
      Pages 9-39
    4. Ruud E. I. Schropp, Miro Zeman
      Pages 41-68
    5. Ruud E. I. Schropp, Miro Zeman
      Pages 69-97
    6. Ruud E. I. Schropp, Miro Zeman
      Pages 99-113
  3. Modeling of Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Ruud E. I. Schropp, Miro Zeman
      Pages 117-146
    3. Ruud E. I. Schropp, Miro Zeman
      Pages 147-174
    4. Ruud E. I. Schropp, Miro Zeman
      Pages 175-201
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 203-207

About this book

Introduction

Amorphous silicon solar cell technology has evolved considerably since the first amorphous silicon solar cells were made at RCA Laboratories in 1974. Scien­ tists working in a number of laboratories worldwide have developed improved alloys based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon and microcrystalline silicon. Other scientists have developed new methods for growing these thin films while yet others have developed new photovoltaic (PV) device structures with im­ proved conversion efficiencies. In the last two years, several companies have constructed multi-megawatt manufacturing plants that can produce large-area, multijunction amorphous silicon PV modules. A growing number of people be­ lieve that thin-film photovoltaics will be integrated into buildings on a large scale in the next few decades and will be able to make a major contribution to the world's energy needs. In this book, Ruud E. I. Schropp and Miro Zeman provide an authoritative overview of the current status of thin film solar cells based on amorphous and microcrystalline silicon. They review the significant developments that have occurred during the evolution of the technology and also discuss the most im­ portant recent innovations in the deposition of the materials, the understanding of the physics, and the fabrication and modeling of the devices.

Authors and affiliations

  • Ruud E. I. Schropp
    • 1
  • Miro Zeman
    • 2
  1. 1.Utrecht University, Debye InstituteNetherlands
  2. 2.Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-5631-2
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-8317-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-5631-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1386-3290
  • About this book