Coupled spectral-hybridizable-discontinuous-Galerkin modeling of thin-film photovoltaic solar cells

Tom H. Anderson, Benjamin J. Civiletti, Peter B. Monk, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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Abstract

An optoelectrical model has been developed to simulate thin-film photovoltaic solar cells with periodically corrugated metallic backreflectors. The rigorous coupled-wave approach (RCWA) is used to calculate the absorption across the solar spectrum. This enables the calculation of the generation rate that drives a drift-diffusion model for the electrons and holes. The drift-diffusion equations are discretized using a hybridizable-discontinuous-Galerkin (HDG) scheme. The Newton{Raphson method is used to solve the resulting nonlinear system, with upwinding and homotopy used for stabilization. Numerical results concerning the convergence of HDG indicate that the HDG model is efficient and can be used to assess and improve solar cell designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Concepts in Solar and Thermal Radiation Conversion and Reliability
EditorsJeremy N. Munday, Michael D. Kempe, Peter Bermel
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510620896
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventNew Concepts in Solar and Thermal Radiation Conversion and Reliability 2018 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2018Aug 21 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume10759
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherNew Concepts in Solar and Thermal Radiation Conversion and Reliability 2018
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period8/19/188/21/18

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Discontinuous Galerkin
Solar Cells
Thin Films
Solar cells
solar cells
Thin films
thin films
Modeling
Newton-Raphson method
Drift-diffusion Equations
Upwinding
Drift-diffusion Model
solar spectra
nonlinear systems
Homotopy
Nonlinear systems
Stabilization
Absorption
Nonlinear Systems
stabilization

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Anderson, T. H., Civiletti, B. J., Monk, P. B., & Lakhtakia, A. (2018). Coupled spectral-hybridizable-discontinuous-Galerkin modeling of thin-film photovoltaic solar cells. In J. N. Munday, M. D. Kempe, & P. Bermel (Eds.), New Concepts in Solar and Thermal Radiation Conversion and Reliability [107590X] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 10759). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2320795
Anderson, Tom H. ; Civiletti, Benjamin J. ; Monk, Peter B. ; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh. / Coupled spectral-hybridizable-discontinuous-Galerkin modeling of thin-film photovoltaic solar cells. New Concepts in Solar and Thermal Radiation Conversion and Reliability. editor / Jeremy N. Munday ; Michael D. Kempe ; Peter Bermel. SPIE, 2018. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering).
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Anderson, TH, Civiletti, BJ, Monk, PB & Lakhtakia, A 2018, Coupled spectral-hybridizable-discontinuous-Galerkin modeling of thin-film photovoltaic solar cells. in JN Munday, MD Kempe & P Bermel (eds), New Concepts in Solar and Thermal Radiation Conversion and Reliability., 107590X, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 10759, SPIE, New Concepts in Solar and Thermal Radiation Conversion and Reliability 2018, San Diego, United States, 8/19/18. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2320795

Coupled spectral-hybridizable-discontinuous-Galerkin modeling of thin-film photovoltaic solar cells. / Anderson, Tom H.; Civiletti, Benjamin J.; Monk, Peter B.; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh.

New Concepts in Solar and Thermal Radiation Conversion and Reliability. ed. / Jeremy N. Munday; Michael D. Kempe; Peter Bermel. SPIE, 2018. 107590X (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 10759).

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