International Journal of Photoenergy

Photovoltaic Materials and Devices


Publishing date
15 May 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
15 Nov 2011

Lead Editor

1National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, USA

2Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA


Photovoltaic Materials and Devices

Description

The use and manufacturing of photovoltaic (PV) energy has grown very rapidly in the last few years. Expected sales of PV are expected to exceed 15 GW in 2010. Recent advances in traditional wafer silicon, thin-film solar cells, and module technology have resulted in lower prices and higher efficiencies for PV energy. However, in spite of these advances, further rapid progress is needed to reduce the ultimate cost of solar energy to grid parity.

Silicon-wafer-based technologies have now regained impetus from more readily available and cheaper feedstock (following a temporary shortage) and will continue to dominate the PV market in the near future. At the same time, other technologies based on a-Si, CdTe, and CIGS will assume larger shares of the PV market. Because these devices are fabricated in thin films, they have potential for lower cost if the quality of the material and higher module efficiencies can be achieved. Additionally, with a dramatic increase in production underway, all technologies based on current material systems will gain technological maturity. On the other hand, this rapid expansion of the PV industry also brings new challenges—both in commercialization and cost reduction.

The special issue will compile papers on material growth and deposition techniques, material and device properties, device modeling and design, defects and impurities and their influence on device performance, and cell processing techniques that can improve device quality (efficiency and stability).

We invite researchers, academicians, and industry technologists to contribute original research articles as well as reviews related to various PV technologies—Si, CdTe, CIGS, organic solar cells, and third-generation solar cells. 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, and thin-film Si
  • Advanced module design and fabrication technologies

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijp/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 673975
  • - Editorial

Photovoltaic Materials and Devices

Bhushan Sopori | Teh Tan | Peter Rupnowski
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 810801
  • - Research Article

New Results in Optical Modelling of Quantum Well Solar Cells

Silvian Fara | Paul Sterian | ... | Andreea Sterian
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 175610
  • - Research Article

Exploring Spray-Coating Techniques for Organic Solar Cell Applications

Wanyi Nie | Robert Coffin | ... | David L. Carroll
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 396792
  • - Research Article

Detection of Degradation Effects in Field-Aged c-Si Solar Cells through IR Thermography and Digital Image Processing

E. Kaplani
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 910256
  • - Research Article

Simulation of Nonpolar p-GaN/i- N/n-GaN Solar Cells

Ming-Jer Jeng
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 527820
  • - Research Article

Construction of Tungsten Halogen, Pulsed LED, and Combined Tungsten Halogen-LED Solar Simulators for Solar Cell - Characterization and Electrical Parameters Determination

Anon Namin | Chaya Jivacate | ... | Jutturit Thongpron
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 732647
  • - Research Article

Quinhydrone Chemical Passivation of a Silicon Surface for Minority Carrier Bulk-Lifetime Measurements

M. Solcansky | J. Vanek | A. Poruba
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 418924
  • - Research Article

Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy Study of Nanocrystalline Si (nc-Si) Thin Films Deposited on Porous Aluminum with PECVD

S. Ktifa | M. Ghrib | ... | N. Yacoubi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 872324
  • - Methodology Report

Investigation on I-V for Different Heating Temperatures of Nanocomposited MEH-PPV:CNTs Organic Solar Cells

M. S. P. Sarah | F. S. S. Zahid | M. Rusop
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 857567
  • - Research Article

Layer-by-Layer CdS-Modified Film Electrodes for Enhancing the Absorption and Energy Conversion Efficiency of Solar Cells

Ming Li | Yong Liu | ... | Hui Shen
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