International Journal of Photoenergy

Photovoltaic Materials and Devices 2016


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1National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, USA

2Northern New Mexico University, Española, USA


Photovoltaic Materials and Devices 2016

Description

The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has continued its rapid growth in recent years despite shrinking margins, phase-out of government subsidy, and issues such as decline in demand within European countries (except UK). Although the PV installations in Europe, an early market leader, has slowed down, the solar market is being more than compensated by the growth in Asia and the USA. Furthermore, PV has also entered into a significant number of new emerging markets. In 2015, the worldwide installed PV is expected to reach about 52 GW. However, there continues to be excess supply of about 8 GW in 2015. This continued excess production, combined with increased module efficiencies, has created a precipitous drop in the sales prices. Manufacturers will need to reduce processing costs to maintain low prices and improve margins and that cost reduction will come from innovations.

Silicon technology is likely to continue its dominance, but emphasis is changing to higher efficiency technologies based on N-type wafers. At the same time, other technologies based on a-Si, thin-film Si, CIGS, and particularly CdTe are poised for larger share of the PV market. However, there are many challenges both in R&D and in commercialization. The PV R&D community is working on new materials, device designs, and process tools, while there is a rapid growth in commercial equipment for improved processing and higher throughput. One of the major areas expected to receive much attention is characterization and measurements. In particular, PV industry is keen to implement online monitoring.

This special issue will compile papers on all research aspects of measurements and characterization of photovoltaic materials and devices. We invite researchers, academicians, and industry technologists to contribute original research articles as well as reviews related to various PV technologies such as crystalline Si, thin-film technologies (CdTe, CIGS, and amorphous Si:H), and emerging solar cell technologies organic solar, dye-sensitized, multijunction, nanocrystalline, perovskite, and quantum dots.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • All research aspects related to current materials and solar cells
  • Approaches for commercial production, focusing on precursor and feedstock materials, module design and processing, advances in device fabrication, and innovations for device fabrication
  • New materials for PV applications, such as organics, quantum dots, thin-film Si, polymers, and biohybrids
  • Device and process simulations
  • Advanced module design and fabrication technologies
  • Advanced measurement/characterization methods and instrumentation for in situ measurements, defect monitoring, and process control and performance, reliability testing, and standards
  • Technology and process development in industry

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 4174216
  • - Research Article

Improving the Performance of a Semitransparent BIPV by Using High-Reflectivity Heat Insulation Film

Huei-Mei Liu | Chin-Huai Young | ... | Shin-Ku Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 8560728
  • - Research Article

Characterization of Photovoltaic Panels by means of Thermograph Analysis

Noe Samano | José Alfredo Padilla-Medina | Nimrod Vázquez
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1728398
  • - Research Article

Comparison of Different MPPT Algorithms with a Proposed One Using a Power Estimator for Grid Connected PV Systems

Manel Hlaili | Hfaiedh Mechergui
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1217576
  • - Research Article

Enhanced Light Scattering by Preferred Orientation Control of Ga Doped ZnO Films Prepared through MOCVD

Long Giang Bach | Nam Giang Nguyen | Van Thi Thanh Ho
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5186762
  • - Research Article

An Efficient Metal-Free Hydrophilic Carbon as a Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Mojgan Kouhnavard | Norasikin Ahmad Ludin | ... | Mikio Miyake
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 7324138
  • - Research Article

A Power Case Study for Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Solar Panels in Bursa City, Turkey

Ayşegül Taşçıoğlu | Onur Taşkın | Ali Vardar
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 637652
  • - Research Article

New 1,3,4-Oxadiazole Based Photosensitizers for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs)

Umer Mehmood | Ibnelwaleed A. Hussein | Muhammad Daud
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