International Journal of Photoenergy

Photovoltaic Materials and Devices 2014


Publishing date
11 Jul 2014
Status
Published
Submission deadline
21 Feb 2014

Lead Editor

1National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, USA

2Solar Energy Consultant, Midland, MI, USA

3Princeton Optronics, Trenton, NJ, USA


Photovoltaic Materials and Devices 2014

Description

The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has continued its rapid growth in recent years despite the economic difficulties, phaseout (or elimination, in some cases) of government subsidy, and issues such as shortage of poly feedstock. Although the expected demand for PV energy has grown to about 38 GW in 2013, there continues to be excess capacity (about 63 GW in 2013). This excess production, combined with increased module efficiencies, has created a precipitous drop in the sales prices. Although a stabilization of prices in the next few years is expected, there is also an expectation of a steeper growth in the PV energy demand. 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 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
  • Advanced measurement/characterization methods and instrumentation for in situ measurements, defect monitoring, and process control and performance, reliability testing, and standards

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/submit/journals/ijp/pvmd14/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 534312
  • - Editorial

Photovoltaic Materials and Devices 2014

Bhushan Sopori | Peter Rupnowski | ... | Prakash Basnyat
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 582083
  • - Research Article

Enhanced Efficiencies for High-Concentration, Multijunction PV Systems by Optimizing Grid Spacing under Nonuniform Illumination

Pratibha Sharma | Alex W. Walker | ... | Henry Schriemer
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 861249
  • - Research Article

Synthesis and Characterization of CZTS Thin Films by Sol-Gel Method without Sulfurization

Xiaoqi Yu | Aobo Ren | ... | Lianghuan Feng
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 186579
  • - Research Article

Device Modeling of the Performance of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells with V-Shaped Bandgap Profiles

Shou-Yi Kuo | Ming-Yang Hsieh | ... | Fang-I Lai
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 956083
  • - Research Article

The Structure and Stability of Molybdenum Ditelluride Thin Films

Zhouling Wang | Wenwu Wang | ... | Guanggen Zeng
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 373497
  • - Research Article

Novel Terthiophene-Substituted Fullerene Derivatives as Easily Accessible Acceptor Molecules for Bulk-Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells

Filippo Nisic | Alessia Colombo | ... | Alessandra Tacca
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 615860
  • - Research Article

Analysis and Monitoring Results of a Building Integrated Photovoltaic Façade Using PV Ceramic Tiles in Taiwan

Yen-Chieh Huang | Chi-Chang Chan | ... | Shin-Ku Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 890563
  • - Research Article

TiCl4 Pretreatment and Electrodeposition Time Investigations of ZnO Photoelectrodes Preparation for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

Xiaoping Zou | Yan Liu | ... | Xiangmin Meng
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 352156
  • - Research Article

Characterizations of Cuprous Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Spin Coating Technique with Different Additives for the Photoelectrochemical Solar Cell

D. S. C. Halin | I. A. Talib | ... | M. A. A. Hamid
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 361519
  • - Research Article

Cooperative Optimal Control Strategy for Microgrid under Grid-Connected and Islanded Modes

Xuemei Zheng | Qiuming Li | ... | Danmei Ding
International Journal of Photoenergy
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