This book offers a global perspective of the current state of affairs in the field of solar power engineering. In four parts, this well-researched volume informs about:
Established solar PV (photovoltaic) technologies
Third-generation PV technologies based on new materials with potential for low-cost large-scale production
Solar cell technology based on new (third-generation) concepts, such as quantum dot solar cells and nano wire solar cells using silicon and compound semiconductors
Economic implications and effects, as well as policies and incentives in various countries of the world involved with solar energy implementation
In addition to discussing manufacturing facts and implementation issues, this book emphasizes the implications of policy measures in countries with good PV activity, such as Japan, China, India, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the United States, and Canada. This volume is intended as a reference for a global audience of advanced students and R&D and industry professionals, as well as investors and policy-makers with fundamental knowledge of photovoltaic technology.
Dr. P. Jayarama Reddy is an energy consultant to the solar photovoltaic industry and serves as a board member of several international renewable energy companies related to solar module fabrication, power generation from biomass and municipal solid waste. He is a retired professor of Physics (Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, India) and has worked in various big research laboratories at Cornell University (US), Imperial College London (UK), Charles University (Czech Republic), and Stuttgart University (Germany). Dr. Reddy is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) and has published a number of papers on polycrystalline thin fi lm solar materials and cells, as well as the book Science and Technology of Photovoltaics, published by BS Publications / CRC Press/Balkema.
Introduction Silicon solar cells Introduction Features of standard c-silicon cells Progress in cell efficiency Mono-crystalline Si solar cells Multi (poly)-crystalline silicon solar cells Materials and processing Future for crystalline silicon solar cells Amorphous silicon solar cells Improving efficiency of Si TF solar cells Polycrystalline CIGS and CdTe thin film solar cells Introduction Highlights of CIGS and CdTe technologies CIGS thin film solar cells CdTe thin film solar cells Challenges to be addressed Polycrystalline TF multi junction solar cells Manufacturing cost of thin film modules Organic and dye sensitized solar cells Introduction Configuration & principle of organic solar cell Types of organic solar cells Dye-sensitized nanostructured solar cells Lifetimes of polymer cells Manufacturing status of DSC and OPV cells Improving efficiencies Nano-TiO2 dye/CIGS tandem solar cells High-efficiency solar devices Introduction III-V multi junction solar cells High concentration PV technology (HCPV) New concepts based solar cells Quantum dot solar cells Nanowire (NW) solar cells NW-polymer hybrid solar cells Third-generation concepts under development Crystalline silicon on glass (CSG) solar cells Policies and Incentives Introduction Incentive mechanisms Policies in selected countries