Optimization of the Light Trapping Nano Structures in CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells

Ola Rashwan, Andrew Newill, Nur Khairana Khairu Najan

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Abstract

The optical absorption and the short circuit current of CdTe thin film solar cells have been improved by incorporating arrays of nanostructures in the gold back contact/reflector layer. In this study, three different nano pillar heights, 100, 200 nm, and 300 nm with two periodicities, were investigated. ANSYS HFSS wave optics simulation software was utilized. An increase of 10% in short circuit current density is achieved comparing to the planar cell of an equivalent thickness. Further enhanced performance of CdTe solar cells is expected by incorporating such optimized nanostructure arrays of different sizes and shapes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE 46th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages911-914
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728104942
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Event46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Conference

Conference46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period6/16/196/21/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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