photovoltaic cell Articles

  • How do Photovoltaic Cells Actually Work?

    Solar power is an abundant renewable source that could be the solution to our future energy needs, but just how does a solar array produce the electricity that powers our lives? The short answer is that, through a solar panel, photons (light particles) are able to knock electrons off atoms and this causes a flow of electricity. The long ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • Photovoltaics Energy Technologies

    Technology Overview    Photovoltaic (or PV) cells are devices that use semiconductor materials—similar to those used in computer chips—to convert sunlight directly into electricity. The electric current can either be used immediately, or it may be stored, as in a battery, for later use. A typical PV or solar cell might be a square that measures about 4 ...

  • For cheaper solar photovoltaic systems

    It is known for several decades, photovoltaic devices that exploit the sun's energy to convert into electricity used to provide a sustainable alternative - and potentially unlimited - the use of fossil fuels. So why these solar technologies have they not been adopted more widely? Simply “because they are too expensive," said Ji-Seon Kim, professor of Solid Physics at Imperial College of ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Photovoltaic Applications and Policy Initiatives

    Issue: The world photovoltaic (PV) market has grown significantly in recent years. Although this trend is expected to continue in the future, estimates cannot be given with any real certainty. Relevance: In this context the question that arises is the role that public and private funding plays in market development and how this funding should be used to ensure the best results. Although current ...


    By Atlantis Technologies LLC

  • A novel stabilisation scheme for hybrid photovoltaic, fuel–cell and diesel gen–set utilisation system

    The paper presents a novel FACTS–based modulated filter compensator scheme for a hybrid renewable photovoltaic–diesel–fuel cell common DC bus interface scheme. The proposed standalone photovoltaic–diesel–fuel system is fully interfaced using the common AC–DC collection bus topology. This allows for full decoupling of AC and DC type green source and ensures full flexibility in controlling the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Solar power generation by photovoltaic technology

    The various forms of solar energy, solar heat, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electricity, and solar fuels offer a clean, climate-friendly, very abundant and in-exhaustive energy resource to mankind. Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaic (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). The research has been under way since the ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Photovoltaics: Basic Design Principles and Components

    If you are thinking of generating your own electricity, you should consider a photovoltaic (PV) system—a way to generate electricity by using energy from the sun. These systems have several advantages: they are cost-effective alternatives in areas where extending a utility power line is very expensive; they have no moving parts and require little maintenance; and they produce electricity ...

  • Outlook promising for photovoltaic manufacturing in India

    SCHOTT Solar and Panchabuta debated the progress and potential of the photovoltaic supply chain in India during a recent PV Insider webinar. On February 28th PV Insider hosted a webinar entitled ‘Spotlight on Indian PV’, in which three experts provided analysis on the current and future status of the photovoltaic market in India.  The webinar attracted over one thousand ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Photovoltaic Generator Market in India 2014

    This latest market research report titled Photovoltaic Generator Market in India 2014 states that the renewable energy sector is gaining prominence in India. With the country facing a continuous shortfall in the supply of conventional sources required to meet the increasing demand for energy in recent years, the focus is gradually shifting from conventional to renewable sources of energy. In ...

  • Effect of Na and Ti–doping on photovoltaic properties of CuInS
    2
    solar cells

    CuInS2 (CIS) films were deposited on In2S3/TiO2/FTO/glass under air by spray pyrolysis, resulting in superstrate–structured solar cells. We found a significant difference of images between scanning electron microscope and optical microscope, which suggests ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Photovoltaic technology of electricity generation for desert camping

    This paper presents a case study on the utilisation of global solar radiation data on horizontal surface to perform an economic feasibility study of using Photovoltaic (PV) panels with battery backup to meet a small load for a camping site in Saudi Arabia. The analysis considers three scenarios with daily average energy demands: (a) full load, (b) 75% load, and (c) half load, with annual peak ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Towards high efficiency solar cells with new material

    While previous developed materials aimed at high efficiency used several junctions of indiumgallium- nitride (InGaN) with different proportions of indium and gallium side by side to cover a wider solar light spectrum, the newly developed solution treats a zincmanganese-tellurium (ZnMnTe) alloy in such a way that a single junction is able to have a photovoltaic response to almost the entire solar ...

  • All-carbon solar cell harnesses infrared light

    New type of photovoltaic device harnesses heat radiation that most solar cells ignore. Written by David Chandler, MIT News Office.You can read the original new in MIT NewsAbout 40 percent of the solar energy reaching Earth’s surface lies in the near-infrared region of the ...

  • A primogenius study on characterisation of c-Si solar cell

    The use of solar photovoltaic (PV) as distributed energy resources is increasingly being pursued as a supplement and alternative to conventional grid electricity. It has become an important source of energy because of its high reliability, requirement of very little maintenance and capability of generating power with no noise and emissions. Silicon solar cell as renewable energy resource has ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Solar Cell Production Jumps 50 Percent in 2007

    Production of photovoltaics (PV) jumped to 3,800 megawatts worldwide in 2007, up an estimated 50 percent over 2006. At the end of the year, according to preliminary data, cumulative global production stood at 12,400 megawatts, enough to power 2.4 million U.S. homes. Growing by an impressive average of 48 percent each year since 2002, PV production has been doubling every two years, making it the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Quantum dots of lead selenide: evolution of size and geometry and influence on photovoltaic effect

    Lead selenide quantum dots were synthesised by the colloidal chemical synthesis route at different reaction temperatures. The nanocrystals were characterised by X–ray diffraction (XRD), High–resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and FTIR spectroscopy. Diameter of the PbSe quantum dots increased with reaction temperature, with average diameter varying from 30 nm to 200 nm at reaction ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Thermal management of non–concentrating photovoltaic panels under extreme ambient conditions

    Solar photovoltaic modules have reduced efficiency levels when the ambient temperature is very high. In this paper, the temperature and the efficiency of a non–concentrating flat plate collector is determined by a one dimensional steady state analysis at different solar radiation levels for the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where the radiation intensity and ambient temperatures are very high. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Design, development and simulation of PC-based scheme for characterisation of solar photovoltaic modules

    This paper presents design, simulation and experimental set up for characterisation of PV cells/modules in the laboratory. A PC-based data acquisition system and associated interface circuit is developed, simulated and used for loading PV module in the laboratory to completely scan its I-V characteristics under varying environmental conditions of solar insolation and temperature. The scheme makes ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • PSO-based solutions to selective harmonic elimination in stand-alone photovoltaic inverters

    This paper presents accurate particle swarm optimisation (PSO) based-solutions for nonlinear equations of selective harmonic elimination technique to be used in single-phase stand-alone photovoltaic inverters. The proposed PSO-based method computes efficiently the required switching angles of inverter control signals to eliminate low order harmonics up to the 15th from the inverter voltage ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Performances of natural dye–sensitised solar cells - a brief review

    Dye–sensitised solar cells (DSCs), also called as photoelectrochemical cells, have the potential of commercial viability and are the most promising photovoltaic devices among the new generation of renewable energy systems. The dye used is responsible for the light harvesting efficiency and electron injection efficiency of the DSC. Vast amount of work has been done on the performance of DSCs with ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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