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Amorphous Photovoltaics

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

Abstract

The only obstacle to the immediate widespread use of solar cells is the enormous cost of conventional crystalline-silicon solar cells. The problem lies in the production of crystalline-silicon arrays:
  • • Crystalline silicon must be 100 μm thick. This intrinsic requirement cannot be overcome.

  • • Crystals now are pulled from the melt, which limits the diameter of single solar cells to 10 cm.

  • • More than half of the material is lost during cutting and polishing.

Keywords

Solar Cell Crystalline Silicon Internal Field Stainless Steel Substrate Solar Cell Application 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Adler
    • 1
  • Stanford R. Ovshinsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.MichiganUSA

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