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Comparative Analysis and Simulation of Highest Efficiency Multi-junction Solar Cells for Space Applications

  • A. Hadj DidaEmail author
  • M. Bourahla
  • M. Bekhti
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS, volume 62)

Abstract

Nowadays, solar energy is promising the primary source of energy for space missions that have a great potential to generate power for an extremely low operating cost when compared to already existing power generation technologies. The development of space systems is affected to many fields: the study of space itself, the science of materials and especially the field of energy. Indeed, solar arrays are the only non-nuclear means that enable satellites in orbit to be fed continuously. Increasing the efficiency of solar cells is a major goal and the prominent factor in space photovoltaic system research. The most efficient technology for generation of electricity from solar irradiation is multi-junction solar cell. The materials used in these structures are a prime factor, controlling device efficiency. Current triple junction solar cells reach 30% and the next generation will bring 35% in 5 years to peak at 40%. The aim of this work is to simulate, investigate and correlate their performance in terms of efficiency, fill factor, and other electrical parameters. Then, we had made an efficiency comparison between a various solar cells to determine the best choice which will bring a good performance to be used in the design of solar array of space photovoltaic systems.

Keywords

Solar energy Multi-junction solar cells Characterization performance Space photovoltaic systems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departement d’Electrotechnique, Faculté de Génie Electrique, Laboratoire d’Electronique de Puissance AppliquéeUniversité des Sciences et de La Technologie d’oran Mohamed Boudiaf, USTO-MBOranAlgérie
  2. 2.Departement de Recherche et Instrumentation Spatiale, Centre de Développement des SatellitesAgence Spatiale AlgérienneOranAlgérie

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