Silicon continues to dominate the photovoltaic market with increasing efficiencies and lower costs combined with excellent reliability. Further advancement of silicon photovoltaics will be driven by the ability to develop concepts at the cell, module and system level that further increase yield, reduce cost and extend reliability. To maintain this trend, sustained material research in key and emerging areas along the value chain is vital, including: (i) new silicon-enabled absorbers as well as the understanding and mitigation of bulk absorber material defects; (ii) carrier-selective, passivating contact layers and stacks for high voltage devices; (iii) high efficiency device concepts including, but not limited to, photon management, multi-junction solar cells and new metallization schemes; and (iv) silicon PV module and system related material research.
This symposium is focused on these themes, and especially welcomes scientific and technological contributions aimed at (a) increasing the conversion efficiency and lowering the costs, (b) involving cross-cutting developments from other technologies, (c) addressing material requirements for PV system integration, and (d) modeling and characterization aligned with the aforementioned topics.
Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg
Institute of Applied Physics
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
University of New South Wales
School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering
National Renewable Energy Laboratory