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Thin Film Solar Cells

  • Kasturi Lal Chopra
  • Suhit Ranjan Das

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 1-18
  3. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 19-70
  4. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 71-152
  5. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 153-194
  6. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 195-273
  7. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 275-347
  8. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 349-390
  9. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 391-402
  10. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 403-426
  11. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 427-456
  12. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 457-481
  13. Kasturi Lal Chopra, Suhit Ranjan Das
    Pages 483-505
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 507-607

About this book

Introduction

"You, 0 Sun, are the eye of the world You are the soul of all embodied beings You are the source of all creatures You are the discipline of all engaged in work" - Translated from Mahabharata 3rd Century BC Today, energy is the lifeline and status symbol of "civilized" societies. All nations have therefore embarked upon Research and Development pro­ grams of varying magnitudes to explore and effectively utilize renewable sources of energy. Albeit a low-grade energy with large temporal and spatial variations, solar energy is abundant, cheap, clean, and renewable, and thus presents a very attractive alternative source. The direct conver­ sion of solar energy to electricity (photovoltaic effect) via devices called solar cells has already become an established frontier area of science and technology. Born out of necessity for remote area applications, the first commercially manufactured solar cells - single-crystal silicon and thin film CdS/Cu2S - were available well over 20 years ago. Indeed, all space vehicles today are powered by silicon solar cells. But large-scale terrestrial applications of solar cells still await major breakthroughs in terms of discovering new and radical concepts in solar cell device structures, utilizing relatively more abundant, cheap, and even exotic materials, and inventing simpler and less energy intensive fabrication processes. No doubt, this extraordinary challenge in R/D has led to a virtual explosion of activities in the field of photovoltaics in the last several years.

Keywords

development electricity photovoltaics solar energy thin film thin films

Authors and affiliations

  • Kasturi Lal Chopra
    • 1
  • Suhit Ranjan Das
    • 2
  1. 1.Indian Institute of TechnologyNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.National Research CouncilOttawaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-0418-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0420-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0418-8
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