17% Efficiency heterostructure solar cell based on p-type crystalline silicon

M. Tucci, G. De Cesare

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In this work we describe in detail the process used to obtain high efficiency amorphous/crystalline silicon heterostructure solar cells, based on p-type crystalline silicon, typically used in cast production. The back side contact and very effective back surface field have been obtained by a screen printing process. An amorphous silicon intrinsic buffer layer and a n-type amorphous emitter have been deposited on the top of the wafer. A particular treatment has been performed on the top of the n layer in order to increase the conductance and reduce the activation energy of the layer. Finally a silver grid and an antireflection coating are deposited on the top of the device. With the aid of a numerical model, able to describe in detail the role of defect density at the heterojunction and the transport mechanism in the whole structure we analyze the photovoltaic performance. The current-voltage characteristic under AM1.5 and the quantum efficiency on 2.25 cm2sample have been reported. An efficiency of 17% is achieved that represents the highest result obtained on heterostructure solars cell based on p-type crystalline silicon. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663 - 667
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry

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