Critical Materials Parameters for the Development of Amorphous Silicon Alloys

  • Stanford R. Ovshinsky
  • David Adler
Part of the Institute for Amorphous Studies Series book series (IASS)


Solar cells were invented more than 30 years ago, but have not yet achieved the commercial success predicted many times in the past. There is no question that they efficiently convert the eternally available sunlight directly to electricity, they have the reliability inherent in a system with no moving parts, they can be used as either distributed power sources or central power stations, and they yield minimal environmental contamination or safety hazards.(1) However, it is clear that additional criteria must be imposed to guarantee their large-scale commercial utilization, since they must compete successfully with conventional power sources such as coal, gas, oil, and nuclear energy


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stanford R. Ovshinsky
    • 1
  • David Adler
    • 2
  1. 1.Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.TroyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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