Comparing nanowire, multijunction, and single junction solar cells in the presence of light trapping

K. R. Catchpole, S. Mokkapati, F. J. Beck

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In this paper we quantify the constraints and opportunities for radial junction nanowire solar cells, compared to single junction and multijunction solar cells, when light trapping is included. Both nanowire and multijunction designs are reliant on a very low level of traps in the junction region, and without this, single junction designs are optimal. If low trap density at the junction can be achieved, multijunction cells lead to higher efficiencies than nanowire cells for a given diffusion length, except in the case of submicron diffusion lengths. Thus the radial junction structure is not in itself an advantage in general, though if nanowires allow faster deposition or better light trapping than other structures they could still prove advantageous.

Original languageEnglish
Article number084519
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

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