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Novel Semi-transparent Solar Cell Based on Ultrathin Multiple Si/GE Quantum Wells
H. Meddeb, M. Götz-Köhler, K. Gehrke, M. Vehse
Quantum Well, Thin Film Solar Cell, Semi-Transparent Photovoltaics, Integrated PV, Optoelectronic Modelling
Evolving and Emerging Technologies: Tandems; Thin Film absorbers; III-V; New Materials and Concepts; Advanced Modelling
Subtopic: New Materials, Devices and Conversion Concepts
Event: 8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
Session: 2CP.3.2
219 - 221
ISBN: 3-936338-86-8
Paper DOI: 10.4229/WCPEC-82022-2CP.3.2
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In this work, we demonstrate a novel semi-transparent solar cell based on ultrathin hydrogenated amorphous Si/Ge multiple quantum wells (MQW). This concept allows extra degree of freedom for both optical design and bandgap engineering compared to single QW structures. Mainly, the multiplication of the QWs number in a periodic configuration, taking advantage of effective synergy between electronic and photonic confinements, leads to an improvement of photocurrent, while preserving high voltage and fill factor and ensuring significant transparency. The MQW new concept yields a boost in power conversion efficiency up to 3.4% and a considerable average visible transmission of about 33%. The achieved performance points out the promising potential of the proposed semitransparent ultrathin QW solar cell for glass façades and solar windows applications.