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Bandgap engineered smart three-terminal solar cell: New perspectives towards very high efficiencies in the silicon world

Abstract : Band gap engineered smart three terminal solar cell: new perspectives towards very high efficiencies in the silicon world Abstract : We present the design of a new architecture of three-terminal (3-T) photovoltaic tandem solar cells. It combines an interdigitated back contacted (IBC) bottom lateral subcell with a heterojunction vertical top cell. In this concept, the two subcells can work independently and there is no need for tunnel junctions. It is particularly well suited to silicon back contact subcells and to various types of top cell materials from III-V compounds or perovskites. The working principle is detailed here using as an example a p/i III-V front stack onto n-type silicon IBC bottom cell. We perform 2D modeling using realistic material input parameters and show how interface bandgap engineering can improve the tandem cell efficiency up to a reachable 35% value. The proposed cell concept named BESTT (bandgap engineered smart silicon three-terminal) cell can be realized with less technological steps and at a lower cost compared to the conventional four-terminal process.
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Zakaria Djebbour, Walid El-Huni, Anne Migan-Dubois, Jean-Paul Kleider. Bandgap engineered smart three-terminal solar cell: New perspectives towards very high efficiencies in the silicon world. Progress in Photovoltaics, Wiley, 2019, 27 (4), pp.306. ⟨10.1002/pip.3096⟩. ⟨hal-02072942⟩

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