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The p recombination layer in tunnel junctions for micromorph tandem solar cells

  • yao, wj
  • zeng, xb
  • peng, wb
  • liu, sy
  • xie, xb
  • wang, c
  • liao, xb
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
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A new tunnel recombination junction is fabricated for n-i-p type micromorph tandem solar cells. We insert a thin heavily doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) p(+) recombination layer between the n a-Si:H and the p hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) layers to improve the performance of the n-i-p tandem solar cells. The effects of the boron doping gas ratio and the deposition time of the p-a-Si: H recombination layer on the tunnel recombination junctions have been investigated. The current-voltage characteristic of the tunnel recombination junction shows a nearly ohmic characteristic, and the resistance of the tunnel recombination junction can be as low as 1.5 by using the optimized p-a-Si:H recombination layer. We obtain tandem solar cells with open circuit voltage V(oc) = 1.4 V, which is nearly the sum of the V(oc)s of the two corresponding single cells, indicating no V(oc) losses at the tunnel recombination junction.

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