Solar cell fabricated on welded thin flexible silicon
Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern),
Haberstr. 2a, 91058
2 Department of Physics, University of Konstanz, Universitätsstr 10, Box 676, 78464 Konstanz, Germany
3 BLZ-Bavarian Laser Center, Konrad-Zuse-Str. 2-6, 91052 Erlangen, Germany
4 i-MEET: institute Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstr. 7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
Received: 5 August 2015
Accepted: 6 November 2015
Published online: 11 December 2015
We present a thin-film crystalline silicon solar cell with an AM1.5 efficiency of 11.5% fabricated on welded 50 μm thin silicon foils. The aperture area of the cell is 1.00 cm2. The cell has an open-circuit voltage of 570 mV, a short-circuit current density of 29.9 mA cm-2 and a fill factor of 67.6%. These are the first results ever presented for solar cells on welded silicon foils. The foils were welded together in order to create the first thin flexible monocrystalline band substrate. A flexible band substrate offers the possibility to overcome the area restriction of ingot-based monocrystalline silicon wafers and the feasibility of a roll-to-roll manufacturing. In combination with an epitaxial and layer transfer process a decrease in production costs can be achieved.
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