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Abstract

Investigations and optimizations on the CdSe thin film solar cell resulted in an enhancement of the photovoltaic AM1 efficiency to peak values above 7 percent on 0.6 cm**2 active area. This efficiency is about 1 percent higher than was expected in the proposal and was mainly achieved by the enhancement of the short circuit current density, which amounts to around 80 percent of the theoretical maximum value. Further enhancements are possible by fabricating the cell on the basis of the ternary compound CdSe-xTe-(1-x). The investigations concerning the cells' stability and considerations about their production costs demonstrate that CdSe thin film solar cells may have a significant potential for terrestrial use as stable, low cost solar cells. The results, which were achieved with relatively little effort compared to other solar cell developments, give reason to expect fast further progress in reaching this goal.

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Authors: RICKUS E, BATTELLE INSTITUT E.V., FRANKFURT/MAIN (GERMANY);JAEGER K H, BATTELLE INSTITUT E.V., FRANKFURT/MAIN (GERMANY);LUKE U, BATTELLE INSTITUT E.V., FRANKFURT/MAIN (GERMANY);FUSSNEGGER H BATTELLE INSTITUT E.V., FRANKFURT/MAIN (GERMANY), BATTELLE INSTITUT E.V., FRANKFURT/MAIN (GERMANY)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10015 EN (1985) MF, 73 P., BFR 150, BLOW-UP BFR 365, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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Record Number: 1989124067400 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en