Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaic Solar Cells—Inexpensive, High-Yield Optical Designs

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M. Collares-Pereira

Departamento de Energias Renovaveis, L.N.E.T.I., Azinhaga dos Lameriros, 1600 Lisboa, Portugal

J. M. Gordon

Applied Solar Calculations Unit, Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer Campus 84993, Israel

J. Sol. Energy Eng 111(2), 112-116 (May 01, 1989) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268295 History: Received September 01, 1988; Revised December 01, 1988; Online November 11, 2009


We propose a new method for manufacturing and deploying amorphous silicon solar cells which is based on creating an effectively “bifacial” photovoltaic device by utilizing part of the glazing of a CPC-type nonimaging concentrator as active absorber. This solar collector could enhance the yearly energy delivery of amorphous silicon solar cells by about 100 percent if the cells are manufactured so as to exploit illumination on both cells sides.

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