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Balance of System Cost Analysis to Investigate Future Economic Competitiveness of Tandem Solar Cells

Abstract As single junction silicon based solar cells approach their Shockley–Queasier (SQ) conversion efficiency limits, tandem solar cells (TSC) provide an attractive prospect for higher efficiency cells. Although TSCs have been shown to be more efficient, their higher fabrication costs are a limiting factor for their economic competitiveness and large-scale integration in PV power systems. Current literature suggests that even with reduced costs of fabrication in the future, TSCs still offer no competitive benefit for integration in utility-scale systems and may yield minimal benefits only in places where area-related costs are high. This work investigates Balance of Systems (BoS) circumstances under which TSCs can attain economic viability in sc... (more)
Created Date 2017-05
Contributor Mugwisi, Ngoni (Author) / Holman, Zachary (Thesis Director) / Phelan, Patrick (Committee Member) / Electrical Engineering Program / Industrial, Systems / Barrett, The Honors College
Subject Tandem Solar Cells / Cost Modeling / Balance of Systems / Efficiency
Series Academic Year 2016-2017
Type Text
Extent 35 pages
Language English
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Collaborating Institutions Barrett, the Honors College
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