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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2016, Article ID 3613928, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3613928
Research Article

Serially Connected Micro Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells for Compact High-Voltage Sources

1School of Architectural, Civil, Environmental, and Energy Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Republic of Korea
2Advanced Functional Thin Films Department, Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), Changwon 51508, Republic of Korea
3Department of Visual Optics, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul 01811, Republic of Korea

Received 21 July 2016; Accepted 5 October 2016

Academic Editor: Shu Seki

Copyright © 2016 Jiyoon Nam 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.

Abstract

We demonstrate a compact amorphous silicon (a-Si) solar module to be used as high-voltage power supply. In comparison with the organic solar module, the main advantages of the a-Si solar module are its compatibility with photolithography techniques and relatively high power conversion efficiency. The open circuit voltage of a-Si solar cells can be easily controlled by serially interconnecting a-Si solar cells. Moreover, the a-Si solar module can be easily patterned by photolithography in any desired shapes with high areal densities. Using the photolithographic technique, we fabricate a compact a-Si solar module with noticeable photovoltaic characteristics as compared with the reported values for high-voltage power supplies.