thin-film photovoltaic Articles

  • Quantum dots of lead selenide: evolution of size and geometry and influence on photovoltaic effect

    Lead selenide quantum dots were synthesised by the colloidal chemical synthesis route at different reaction temperatures. The nanocrystals were characterised by X–ray diffraction (XRD), High–resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and FTIR spectroscopy. Diameter of the PbSe quantum dots increased with reaction temperature, with average diameter varying from 30 nm to 200 nm at reaction ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Net-zero energy: a case study on renewable energy and policy issues at Richardsville Elementary School, Kentucky

    Blazing the trail as the first net-zero energy school, Richardsville Elementary School, Kentucky produces as much renewable energy as it consumes. The high performance, LEED® Gold certified facility was opened in October 2010 for 550 students. Key elements included insulated concrete form-walls, geothermal HVAC systems with decentralised and distributive pumps, active day-lighting with light ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Applicability of Equivalent Diode Models to Modeling Various Thin-Film Photovoltaic (PV) Modules in a Wide Range of Temperature and Irrandiance Conditions

    Abstract In the paper results of fitting of current-voltage (I-V) curves acquired in a wide range of irradiances and temperatures with use of equivalent either single (SEM) or double (DEM) diode model as applied to several commercial thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules are presented. It is shown that like in case of crystalline silicon PV modules also for CIGS (CuInGaSe2) as well as CdTe ...

  • Case study - Future Business Centre - Cambridge

    System kWp: 4.6 Area: 57 m sq Inverter: Aurora Modules Used: PS-A opaque, PS-C transparent Double Glazed Unit (DGU) Polysolar was requested to provide the PV glazing for the stairwell curtain walling and the decorative rainscreen cladding. This saw the first truly transparent curtain wall elements employed in the UK and a BREEAM rating of Excellent. ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Strong consortium works on higher efficiencies in CIGS

    AVANCIS and Smit Thermal Solutions team up with European research institutes HZB, CNRS and Solliance for higher efficiencies in CIGS Thin-film photovoltaic CIGS technology has seen considerable growth of manufacturing capacity in recent years. The environmental impact, especially the CO2 footprint of CIGS thin-film panels shows great advantages ...


    By Solliance

  • Transparent conducting oxides superstrate for thin film solar cells: an industrial prospective

    The demand for a TCO coated glass substrate as a base material and front electrode of the solar cells is expected to grow very strongly in the next few years. Therefore it is crucial to prepare the industrial tools and proper glass compositions to meet this very impressive demand. Mass production of extra clear glass and atmospheric pressure thermal CVD tool installed directly on the float glass ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Solar Cell Thin Film Analysers from Hiden Analytical

    Solar cell thin film analysers are used to facilitate research and development (R&D) into novel photovoltaic architectures by monitoring the processing conditions for epitaxial deposition of photovoltaic materials. These growth methods cover a range of advanced techniques, such as plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) and radio frequency sputtering, which are used to generate a ...


    By Hiden Analytical Ltd.

  • New Antenna, merged with solar panels

    The EPFL researchers have managed to merge antennas and solar cells in a mixed device that promises unprecedented efficiency. It is a first step towards the development of more compact and lighter satellites, but also to the improvement of mobile communication systems used in case of disaster. Traditionally, telecommunication antennas and solar cells do not mix. They must function independently ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Top industry experts set to gather at Thin Film Summit in Berlin

    PV Insider announce that ‘Busting the Myths’ will be the main focal point of the 4th Annual Thin Film Solar Summit Europe (5-6th March 2012, Berlin), helping to steer the thin film industry out of confusion and fear towards reality and promise. 2011 proved to be a turbulent year for the European thin film industry, with big names going bust, consolidation of the market, ...


    By New Energy Update

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