Thursday, 21 March 2019

Highly conformal Ni micromesh as a Current Collecting Front Electrode for Reduced Cost Si Solar Cell

N. Gupta, K. D. M. Rao, R. Gupta, F. C. Krebs and G. U. Kulkarni
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 9 (10), 8634–8640 (2017)

Despite relatively high manufacturing cost, crystalline-Si solar cell continues to hold promising future due to its high energy conversion efficiency and long life. As regards cost, one pertinent issue is the top electrode metallization of textured cell surface, which typically involves screen printing of silver paste. The associated disadvantages call for alternative methods that can lower the cost without compromising the solar cell efficiency. In the present work, a highly interconnected one-dimensional (1D) metal wire network has been employed as front electrode on conventional Si wafers. On comparing the efficiency with the conventional cells with screen printed electrodes, a 20% increment in efficiency has been observed. Importantly, the estimated manufacturing cost is at least two orders lower.

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