Thin film silicon, in the amorphous and microcrystalline form, constitutes at present one of the most promising options for low-cost large-area applications of photovoltaics, especially suited for building integration. The technology has evolved considerably since the first amorphous silicon solar cells were made in the '70s, and is now mature: The last couple of years saw a rapid increase in the number of companies involved in thin film silicon solar cell production. This Chapter wants to be a complete, even if not exhaustive, survey on this topic, starting from material issues, in terms of physical properties and fabrication techniques, then moving towards an introduction to the devices on various grounds (geometries, operation principles, multi-junction approach, modelling, state-ofthe-art overview), and closing with issues involved in module manufacturing and market prospects. © 2010 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
|Title of host publication||Thin Film Solar Cells: Current Status and Future Trends|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
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