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Chalcopyrite Solar Cells and Modules

  • R. Klenk
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Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 104)

Chalcopyrite-based solar modules are uniquely combining advantages of thin-film technology with the efficiency and stability of conventional crystalline silicon cells. It is therefore believed that chalcopyrite based modules can take up a large part of the PV market growth once true mass production is started. The efficiency of lab-scale thin-film devices is close to 20% [2], an efficiency comparable to the best multicrystalline silicon cells. Many scaling-up and manufacturing issues have been resolved. Pilot production lines are operational and modules are commercially available. As of 2006, the market share of chalcopyrite photovoltaic (PV) modules is not yet significant but major problems that might prevent further commercialization have not been identified.

Keywords

Thin Solid Film Chemical Bath Deposition Back Contact Ceramic Target Solar Energy Mater 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Klenk
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  1. 1.Solar Energy ResearchHahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin GmbHBerlinGermany

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