The proposed project AMON-RA (Architectures, Materials, and One-dimensional Nanowires for Photovoltaics – Research and Applications) is intended to result in a new type of solar cell, combining advanced hetero- and nano-structures with silicon photovoltaic technology. By ap-plying state-of-the-art photovoltaics design to semiconductor nanowires and nanotrees and assisted by tailor-made theoretical modeling and advanced processing, we aim to demonstrate high-efficiency multi-junction photovoltaic cells made from previously impossible materials combinations. The high degree of self-assembly and insensitivity to lattice parameters inherent in the nanowire growth process will also make it possible to produce such cell relatively cheaply and on inexpensive silicon substrates. In AMON-RA, we will also evaluate the solar cell designs on a systems level, with special attention to future industrialization and upscaling.
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