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Photovoltaic Devices: A 2000 Overview

  • Lawrence L. Kazmerski

Abstract

The status and directions of current photovoltaic technologies are presented. The emphasis is on the cell and module performances, with indications of the limitations and strengths of crystalline (Si and GaAs) and thin-film (Si, a-Si:H, CdTe, Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2) approaches. Recent advances in concentrator technologies, promise of thin films, and the continuing commercial dominance of crystalline Si photovoltaics are evaluated and considered in their evolution for this new century.

Keywords

Photovoltaics solar cells solar electricity modules conversion efficiency quantum efficiency performance advanced concepts 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence L. Kazmerski
    • 1
  1. 1.National Center for PhotovoltaicsNational Renewable Energy LaboratoryGoldenUSA

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