Efficiency Improvement of a-Si:H/μc-Si:H Tandem Solar Cells by Adding a-SiOx:H Layer between Ag Nano Particles and the Active Layer

  • Ozcan Abdulkadir
  • Dhinaharan Nagamalai
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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 177)


In this article, we investigated the positive effect of a-SiOx:H layer between Ag surface plasmon polaritons and the active layer of a thin film a- Si:H/μc-Si:H tandem solar cell by isolating the metal nano particles that are responsible of creating surface recombination centres on the top cell. We fabricated four identical a-Si:H/μc-Si:H tandem cells having different thickness of a-SiOx:H layer like 0, 10, 20 and 30 nm just before the Ag nano particle development, and measured J-V characteristics of each to find out an optimum a-SiOx:H insulating layer thickness. We showed that the overall efficiency of a tandem cell with Ag nano particles could be improved up to 8.65% compared with the one having no a-SiOx:H layer. The most promising layer thickness for a small area tandem cell was obtained around 20 nm with an overall efficiency of 16.19%. An improvement of 14.6% in short circuit current density (JSC) and 2.64% in open circuit voltage (Voc) was achieved.


tandem cell micromorph solar cell a-Si:H μc-Si:H surface plasmon polariton nano particle cell efficiency insulating layer efficiency enhancement solar cell 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Electrical & Electronic EngineeringK.T.O. Karatay UniversityKonyaTurkey
  2. 2.Network Architect and Security ExpertWireilla Net Solutions PTY LtdVictoriaAustralia

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