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History of Solar Cell Development

Chapter

Abstract

It has been 175 years since 1839 when Alexandre Edmond Becquerel observed the photovoltaic (PV) effect via an electrode in a conductive solution exposed to light [1]. It is instructive to look at the history of PV cells [2] since that time because there are lessons to be learned that can provide guidance for the future development of PV cells.

Keywords

Alexandre Edmond Becquerel Photovoltaics (PV) Selenium cell Copper and copper oxide cell Einstein’s photon theory Czochralski crystal growth Bell labs silicon cell Telstar communication satellite Arab oil embargo AlGaAs/GaAs solar cell InGaP/GaInAs/Ge triple junction cell Amorphous silicon (a-Si) solar cell Public utility regulation act (PURPA) National renewable energy lab (NREL) InGaP/GaAs two junction cell GaAs/GaSb stacked cell Photovoltaic advanced space power (PASP+) flight Concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) GaSb infrared cells 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.JX Crystals Inc.BellevueUSA

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