Abstract

Metal fingers typically cover more than 10% of the active area of concentrator solar cells. Microfabricated dielectric optical designs that can completely eliminate front contact shading losses are explored. Essentially no microconcentrator optical losses need be incurred, series resistance losses can be reduced, and net efficiency gains of roughly 15% (relative) are realistic.

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E. A. Katz, J. M. Gordon, W. Tassew, and D. Feuermann, J. Appl. Phys. 100, 044514 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005 (2)

2004 (1)

A. Luque, P. Gidon, M. Pirot, I. Antón, C. Del-Cañizo, and C. Jausseaud, Prog. Photovoltaics 12, 517 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (1)

2001 (1)

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Y. Haruvy, I. Gilath, M. Maniewictz, and N. Eisenberg, J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol. 13, 547 (1998).

1990 (1)

A. Cuevas, R. A. Sinton, N. E. Midkiff, and R. M. Swanson, IEEE Electron Device Lett. 11, 6 (1990).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Electron Device Lett. (1)

A. Cuevas, R. A. Sinton, N. E. Midkiff, and R. M. Swanson, IEEE Electron Device Lett. 11, 6 (1990).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

E. A. Katz, J. M. Gordon, W. Tassew, and D. Feuermann, J. Appl. Phys. 100, 044514 (2006).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol. (1)

J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol. (1)

Y. Haruvy, I. Gilath, M. Maniewictz, and N. Eisenberg, J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol. 13, 547 (1998).

Opt. Lett. (3)

Prog. Photovoltaics (1)

A. Luque, P. Gidon, M. Pirot, I. Antón, C. Del-Cañizo, and C. Jausseaud, Prog. Photovoltaics 12, 517 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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

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Z. I. Alferov and V. D. Rumyantsev, in Next Generation Photovoltaics, A.Martí and A.Luque, eds. (Institute of Physics, 2004), Chap. 2.

A. W. Bett, in Next Generation Photovoltaics, A.Martí and A.Luque, eds. (Institute of Physics, 2004), Chap. 4.

M. Yamaguchi, K. Araki, and T. Takamoto, in Concentrator Photovoltaics, A.Luque and V.M.Andreev, eds. (Springer, 2007), Chap. 15.

G. Glenn, Spectrolab Inc., 12500 Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, Calif., technical prospectus and private communications (2005).

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