Title: Solar cells with mesh-structured emitter
Authors : Glunz, Stefan
Schumacher, Jürgen
Warta, Wilhelm
Knobloch, Joachim
Wettling, Wolfram
Published in : Progress in photovoltaics
Volume(Issue) : 4
Issue : 6
Pages : 415
Pages to: 424
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Wiley
Issue Date: Nov-1996
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Mesh-structured emitter; Photovoltaics; Simulation; Silicon
Subject (DDC) : 621.3: Electrical engineering and electronics
Abstract: The mesh‐structured emitter solar cell (MESC) is introduced as a novel solar cell processing scheme. By the formation of inverted pyramids or microgrooves on a wafer with a homogeneous heavy phosphorus diffusion, a mesh of highly conducting emitter lines is formed. Using this technique, the lateral conductivity of the emitter can be increased, keeping the emitter dark saturation current at a low level. The high phosphorus surface concentration results in a low contact resistance even for screen‐printed contacts. Thus, this technique is ideal for solar cells with screen‐printed contacts, because the finger spacing of the front contact can be extended, resulting in smaller shadowing losses. Also the processing scheme of high‐efficiency solar cells can be simplified, because the formation of the surface texturization and the locally deep diffused emitter can be combined in one step. The first cells with a mesh‐structured emitter, evaporated front contacts and local ohmic rear contacts have shown efficien ies up to 21.1%. Lifetime test structures have been used to determine a low dark saturation current of 58 fA cm−2 for the mesh‐structured emitter, although the structure is not yet optimized.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Computational Physics (ICP)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1002/(SICI)1099-159X(199611/12)4:6<415::AID-PIP152>3.0.CO;2-1
ISSN: 1062-7995
1099-159X
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/11572
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