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Development of Silver-Free Silicon Photovoltaic Solar Cells with All-Aluminum Electrodes

Abstract To date, the most popular and dominant material for commercial solar cells is

crystalline silicon (or wafer-Si). It has the highest cell efficiency and cell lifetime out

of all commercial solar cells. Although the potential of crystalline-Si solar cells in

supplying energy demands is enormous, their future growth will likely be constrained

by two major bottlenecks. The first is the high electricity input to produce

crystalline-Si solar cells and modules, and the second is the limited supply of silver

(Ag) reserves. These bottlenecks prevent crystalline-Si solar cells from reaching

terawatt-scale deployment, which means the electricity produced by crystalline-Si

solar cells would never fulfill a noticeable portion of our energy deman... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Sun, Wen-Cheng (Author) / Tao, Meng (Advisor) / Vasileska, Dragica (Committee member) / Yu, Hongbin (Committee member) / Goryll, Michael (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Engineering / Energy / Aluminum Electroplating / Silicon Solar Cell
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 92 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Electrical Engineering 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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