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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2014, Article ID 613173, 11 pages
Review Article

A Review on Development Prospect of CZTS Based Thin Film Solar Cells

Solar Energy Research Institute, Yunnan Normal University, Kunming 650092, China

Received 5 December 2013; Accepted 6 March 2014; Published 26 May 2014

Academic Editor: David Lee Phillips

Copyright © 2014 Xiangbo Song et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cu2ZnSnS4 is considered as the ideal absorption layer material in next generation thin film solar cells due to the abundant component elements in the crust being nontoxic and environmentally friendly. This paper summerized the development situation of Cu2ZnSnS4 thin film solar cells and the manufacturing technologies, as well as problems in the manufacturing process. The difficulties for the raw material’s preparation, the manufacturing process, and the manufacturing equipment were illustrated and discussed. At last, the development prospect of Cu2ZnSnS4 thin film solar cells was commented.