Abstract

Two important aspects must be considered when optimizing antireflection coatings (ARCs) for multijunction solar cells to be used in concentrators: the angular light distribution over the cell created by the particular concentration system and the wide spectral bandwidth the solar cell is sensitive to. In this article, a numerical optimization procedure and its results are presented. The potential efficiency enhancement by means of ARC optimization is calculated for several concentrating PV systems. In addition, two methods for ARCs direct characterization are presented. The results of these show that real ARCs slightly underperform theoretical predictions.

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M. A. Green, K. Emery, Y. Hishikawa, W. Warta, and E. D. Dunlop, “Solar cell efficiency tables (Version 38),” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 19(5), 565–572 (2011).
[CrossRef]

M. Victoria, R. Herrero, C. Domínguez, I. Antón, and S. Askins andG. Sala, “Characterization of the spatial distribution of irradiance and spectrum in concentrating photovoltaic systems and their effect on multi-junction solar cells,” Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl.(2011) published online DOI: .
[CrossRef]

M. Victoria, R. Herrero, C. Domínguez, I. Antón, and S. Askins andG. Sala, “Characterization of the spatial distribution of irradiance and spectrum in concentrating photovoltaic systems and their effect on multi-junction solar cells,” Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl.(2011) published online DOI: .
[CrossRef]

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2004 (1)

2000 (3)

I. Rey-Stolle and C. Algora, “Optimum antireflection coatings for heteroface AlGaAs/GaAs solar cells-Part II: The influence of uncertainties in the parameters of window and antireflection coatings,” J. Electron. Mater. 29(7), 992–999 (2000).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Aiken, “High performance anti-reflection coatings for broadband multi-junction solar cells,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 64(4), 393–404 (2000).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Aiken, “Antireflection coating design for series interconnected multi-junction solar cells,” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 8(6), 563–570 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999 (2)

C. Algora and V. Díaz, “Modelling of GaAs solar cells under wide angle cones of homogeneus light,” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 7(5), 379–386 (1999).
[CrossRef]

V. Dı́az Luque and C. Algora del Valle, “On the effects of tilted light in a global prediction of AlGaAs/GaAs solar cell performance,” Solar Energy & Solar Cells 57(4), 313–322 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1985 (1)

1981 (1)

D. Redfield, “Method for evaluation of antireflection coatings,” Solar Cells 3(1), 27–33 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Aiken, D. J.

D. J. Aiken, “Antireflection coating design for series interconnected multi-junction solar cells,” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 8(6), 563–570 (2000).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Aiken, “High performance anti-reflection coatings for broadband multi-junction solar cells,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 64(4), 393–404 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Algora, C.

I. Rey-Stolle and C. Algora, “Optimum antireflection coatings for heteroface AlGaAs/GaAs solar cells-Part II: The influence of uncertainties in the parameters of window and antireflection coatings,” J. Electron. Mater. 29(7), 992–999 (2000).
[CrossRef]

C. Algora and V. Díaz, “Modelling of GaAs solar cells under wide angle cones of homogeneus light,” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 7(5), 379–386 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Algora del Valle, C.

V. Dı́az Luque and C. Algora del Valle, “On the effects of tilted light in a global prediction of AlGaAs/GaAs solar cell performance,” Solar Energy & Solar Cells 57(4), 313–322 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Antón, I.

Askins, S.

M. Victoria, R. Herrero, C. Domínguez, I. Antón, and S. Askins andG. Sala, “Characterization of the spatial distribution of irradiance and spectrum in concentrating photovoltaic systems and their effect on multi-junction solar cells,” Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl.(2011) published online DOI: .
[CrossRef]

Carlson, A.

C. E. Valdivia, E. Desfonds, D. Masson, S. Fafard, A. Carlson, J. Cook, T. J. Hall, and K. Hinzer, “Optimization of antireflection coating design for multijunction solar cells and concentrator systems,” Proc. SPIE 7099, 709915, 709915-10 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Chhajed, S.

Cook, J.

C. E. Valdivia, E. Desfonds, D. Masson, S. Fafard, A. Carlson, J. Cook, T. J. Hall, and K. Hinzer, “Optimization of antireflection coating design for multijunction solar cells and concentrator systems,” Proc. SPIE 7099, 709915, 709915-10 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Desfonds, E.

C. E. Valdivia, E. Desfonds, D. Masson, S. Fafard, A. Carlson, J. Cook, T. J. Hall, and K. Hinzer, “Optimization of antireflection coating design for multijunction solar cells and concentrator systems,” Proc. SPIE 7099, 709915, 709915-10 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Di´az Luque, V.

V. Dı́az Luque and C. Algora del Valle, “On the effects of tilted light in a global prediction of AlGaAs/GaAs solar cell performance,” Solar Energy & Solar Cells 57(4), 313–322 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Díaz, V.

C. Algora and V. Díaz, “Modelling of GaAs solar cells under wide angle cones of homogeneus light,” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 7(5), 379–386 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Dobrowolski, J. A.

Domínguez, C.

Dunlop, E. D.

M. A. Green, K. Emery, Y. Hishikawa, W. Warta, and E. D. Dunlop, “Solar cell efficiency tables (Version 38),” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 19(5), 565–572 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Emery, K.

M. A. Green, K. Emery, Y. Hishikawa, W. Warta, and E. D. Dunlop, “Solar cell efficiency tables (Version 38),” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 19(5), 565–572 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Fafard, S.

C. E. Valdivia, E. Desfonds, D. Masson, S. Fafard, A. Carlson, J. Cook, T. J. Hall, and K. Hinzer, “Optimization of antireflection coating design for multijunction solar cells and concentrator systems,” Proc. SPIE 7099, 709915, 709915-10 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Green, M. A.

M. A. Green, K. Emery, Y. Hishikawa, W. Warta, and E. D. Dunlop, “Solar cell efficiency tables (Version 38),” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 19(5), 565–572 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Hall, T. J.

C. E. Valdivia, E. Desfonds, D. Masson, S. Fafard, A. Carlson, J. Cook, T. J. Hall, and K. Hinzer, “Optimization of antireflection coating design for multijunction solar cells and concentrator systems,” Proc. SPIE 7099, 709915, 709915-10 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Herrero, R.

M. Victoria, R. Herrero, C. Domínguez, I. Antón, and S. Askins andG. Sala, “Characterization of the spatial distribution of irradiance and spectrum in concentrating photovoltaic systems and their effect on multi-junction solar cells,” Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl.(2011) published online DOI: .
[CrossRef]

Hinzer, K.

C. E. Valdivia, E. Desfonds, D. Masson, S. Fafard, A. Carlson, J. Cook, T. J. Hall, and K. Hinzer, “Optimization of antireflection coating design for multijunction solar cells and concentrator systems,” Proc. SPIE 7099, 709915, 709915-10 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Hishikawa, Y.

M. A. Green, K. Emery, Y. Hishikawa, W. Warta, and E. D. Dunlop, “Solar cell efficiency tables (Version 38),” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 19(5), 565–572 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Kim, J. K.

Masson, D.

C. E. Valdivia, E. Desfonds, D. Masson, S. Fafard, A. Carlson, J. Cook, T. J. Hall, and K. Hinzer, “Optimization of antireflection coating design for multijunction solar cells and concentrator systems,” Proc. SPIE 7099, 709915, 709915-10 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Mont, F. W.

Poitras, D.

Poxson, D. J.

Redfield, D.

D. Redfield, “Method for evaluation of antireflection coatings,” Solar Cells 3(1), 27–33 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Rey-Stolle, I.

I. Rey-Stolle and C. Algora, “Optimum antireflection coatings for heteroface AlGaAs/GaAs solar cells-Part II: The influence of uncertainties in the parameters of window and antireflection coatings,” J. Electron. Mater. 29(7), 992–999 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Sala, G.

Schubert, E. F.

Schubert, M. F.

Southwell, W. H.

Valdivia, C. E.

C. E. Valdivia, E. Desfonds, D. Masson, S. Fafard, A. Carlson, J. Cook, T. J. Hall, and K. Hinzer, “Optimization of antireflection coating design for multijunction solar cells and concentrator systems,” Proc. SPIE 7099, 709915, 709915-10 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Victoria, M.

M. Victoria, R. Herrero, C. Domínguez, I. Antón, and S. Askins andG. Sala, “Characterization of the spatial distribution of irradiance and spectrum in concentrating photovoltaic systems and their effect on multi-junction solar cells,” Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl.(2011) published online DOI: .
[CrossRef]

M. Victoria, C. Domínguez, I. Antón, and G. Sala, “Comparative analysis of different secondary optical elements for aspheric primary lenses,” Opt. Express 17(8), 6487–6492 (2009), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?uri=oe-17-8-6487 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Warta, W.

M. A. Green, K. Emery, Y. Hishikawa, W. Warta, and E. D. Dunlop, “Solar cell efficiency tables (Version 38),” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 19(5), 565–572 (2011).
[CrossRef]

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J. Electron. Mater. (1)

I. Rey-Stolle and C. Algora, “Optimum antireflection coatings for heteroface AlGaAs/GaAs solar cells-Part II: The influence of uncertainties in the parameters of window and antireflection coatings,” J. Electron. Mater. 29(7), 992–999 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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Proc. SPIE (1)

C. E. Valdivia, E. Desfonds, D. Masson, S. Fafard, A. Carlson, J. Cook, T. J. Hall, and K. Hinzer, “Optimization of antireflection coating design for multijunction solar cells and concentrator systems,” Proc. SPIE 7099, 709915, 709915-10 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. (3)

M. A. Green, K. Emery, Y. Hishikawa, W. Warta, and E. D. Dunlop, “Solar cell efficiency tables (Version 38),” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 19(5), 565–572 (2011).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Aiken, “Antireflection coating design for series interconnected multi-junction solar cells,” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 8(6), 563–570 (2000).
[CrossRef]

C. Algora and V. Díaz, “Modelling of GaAs solar cells under wide angle cones of homogeneus light,” Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 7(5), 379–386 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl. (1)

M. Victoria, R. Herrero, C. Domínguez, I. Antón, and S. Askins andG. Sala, “Characterization of the spatial distribution of irradiance and spectrum in concentrating photovoltaic systems and their effect on multi-junction solar cells,” Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl.(2011) published online DOI: .
[CrossRef]

Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells (1)

D. J. Aiken, “High performance anti-reflection coatings for broadband multi-junction solar cells,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 64(4), 393–404 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Solar Cells (1)

D. Redfield, “Method for evaluation of antireflection coatings,” Solar Cells 3(1), 27–33 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Solar Energy & Solar Cells (1)

V. Dı́az Luque and C. Algora del Valle, “On the effects of tilted light in a global prediction of AlGaAs/GaAs solar cell performance,” Solar Energy & Solar Cells 57(4), 313–322 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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R. Winston, J. C. Miñano, and P. Benítez, Nonimaging Optics (Elsevier, 2005).

J. Jaus, P. Nitz, G. Peharz, G. Siefer, T. Schult, O. Wolf, M. Passig, T. Gandy, and A. W. Bett, “Second stage reflective and refractive optics for concentrator photovoltaics,” in Proceedings of the 33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conf. (2008) pp. 1–5.

V. Díaz, J. M. Ruíz, C. Algora, and J. Alonso, “Outdoor characterization of GaAs solar cell under tilted light for its encapsulation inside optic concentrator,” in Proceedings of the 27th Eur.Photovoltaic Sol. Energy Conf., (2001).

E. D. Palik, Handbook of Optical Constant of Solids (Academic Press, 1997).

Sopra materials database, www.sopra-sa.com .

S. Wojtczuk, P. Chiu, X. Zhang, D. Derkacs, C. Harris, D. Pulver, and M. Timmons, “InGaP/GaAs/InGaAs 41% concentrator cells using bi-facial epigrowth,” in Proceedings of the 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conf. (2010) pp.1259–1264.

A. N. Matveev, Optics (Mir, 1988)

J. S. Rayleigh, “On the reflection of vibrations at the confines of two media between which the transition is gradual” in Proceedings London Math. Soc.11 (1880) pp. 51–56.

S. R. Kurtz and M. J. O’Neill, “Estimating and controlling chromatic aberration losses for two-junction, two-terminal devices in refractive concentrator systems,” in Proceedings of the 25th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conf. (1996) pp. 361–364.

L. W. James, “Effects of concentrator chromatic aberration on multi-junction cells,” in Proceedings of the 24th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conf. (1994) pp. 1799–1802.

I. García, C. Algora, I. Rey-Stolle, and B. Galiana, “Study of non-uniform light profiles on high concentration solar cells using quasi-3D distributed models,” in Proceedings of the 33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conf. (2008) pp. 1–6.

K. Nishioka, T. Takamoto, and W. Nakajima, “Analysis of triple-junction solar cell under concentration by SPICE,” in Proceedings of the 3rdWorld Conf. on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (2003) pp. 869–872.

M. Victoria, C. Domínguez, S. Askins, I. Antón, and G. Sala, “Optical characterization of FluidReflex concentrator,” in Proceedings of Int. Conf. on Concentrating Photovoltaic Systems (2010) pp. 118–121.

C. Stevenson, P. R. Denton, G. Sadkhin, and V. Fridman, “Stability and Repeatability of 2-Layer Anti-Reflection Coatings,” Denton Vacuum technical paper, http://www.dentonvacuum.com/PDFs/Tech_papers/stab.pdf

A. Luque, Solar cells and optics for photovoltaic concentration (Adam Hilger, 1989).

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