thin-film solar Articles

  • Modelling of thin–film tandem solar cells

    Numerical modelling of thin–film tandem solar cells is investigated using PC–1D program. The program is adapted to simulate the performance of multi–junction solar cells. Cadmium–zinc telluride (Cd0.6Zn0.4Te) is chosen as an absorber layer material for the wide band gap top cell and copper indium diselenide ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Thin film technologies changing the solar PV business

    The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is clearly in a rapid growth phase. The worldwide industry size was recently estimated at US$50 billion. Over the past few years, production capacity is thought to have grown at an average of 48% each year and cumulative global production is now at 12.4 Giga Watts (GW). It is also an industry on the brink of change. New technologies are emerging that seem ...


  • Walmart turning to thin-film solar for new installations

    Walmart (Bentonville, AR) announced that it plans to expand its renewable energy development initiatives through the adoption of thin-film solar technology at a number of its solar power development sites. The company is in the process of adding solar generating systems at 20 to 30 facilities in California and Arizona, and many of these sites will feature thin-film technology, the ...

  • Thin film investments and opportunity in India with the IFC

    Last week PV Insider spoke to Joseph Hudgins of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) about the drivers behind thin film investment decisions and how the Indian PV market can take off Ahead of his presentation at Thin Film USA (1-2 December, San Francisco), Joseph Hudgins, Principal Solar Scientist, Climate Business Group of the IFC, put a positive spin on a difficult year for the PV ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Transparent conducting oxides superstrate for thin film solar cells: an industrial prospective

    The demand for a TCO coated glass substrate as a base material and front electrode of the solar cells is expected to grow very strongly in the next few years. Therefore it is crucial to prepare the industrial tools and proper glass compositions to meet this very impressive demand. Mass production of extra clear glass and atmospheric pressure thermal CVD tool installed directly on the float glass ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Growth mechanism and optical properties of zinc oxide thin film

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were successfully deposited on glass substrate by radio frequency (RF) sputtering technique. One set of the samples was annealed in open air at temperatures of 423 K, 573 K and 723 K for one hour while another set of samples was annealed under nitrogen atmosphere for the same duration of time and temperature as the other set. A growth mechanism for thin film growth by ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Top industry experts set to gather at Thin Film Summit in Berlin

    PV Insider announce that ‘Busting the Myths’ will be the main focal point of the 4th Annual Thin Film Solar Summit Europe (5-6th March 2012, Berlin), helping to steer the thin film industry out of confusion and fear towards reality and promise. 2011 proved to be a turbulent year for the European thin film industry, with big names going bust, consolidation of the market, ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Deep Research Report on Global and China CIGS Thin Film Solar Cell Industry

    2010 Deep Research Report on Global and China CIGS Thin Film Solar Cell Industry 2010 Deep Research Report on Global and China CIGS Thin Film Solar Cell Industry was professional and depth research report on global and China CIGS thin film solar cell industry. This report has introduced almost all global and China CIGS projects, included CIGS project background, CIGS equipment sources, CIGS ...


  • In situ indium–induced crystallisation of low temperature nano–poly silicon (LTNPS) thin film on ITO glass substrate

    For the first time, the low temperature nano–poly silicon (LTNPS) thin films were formed on indium tin oxide (ITO) glass with a temperature of ∼200ºC using the in situ indium–induced crystallisation of the plasma enhanced CVD (PECVD) deposited a–Si. Compared with the conventional method for transfer of the PECVD formed amorphous structure to the nano–poly one, the technology features a low ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Speakers at Thin Film Europe 2012 answer your crucial questions about the industry

    During our recent webinar on the future of thin film, your peers sent in countless questions about how this burgeoning technology will fare in 2012. So, we went away and asked our industry contacts and upcoming conference speakers – read on to see iSuppli & Solar Buzz respond to your questions on the future of Thin Film for 2012 and beyond. When should we expect the next round of ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Simulation and performance analysis of superstrate Cu(In,Ga)Se 2 solar cells using nanostructured Zn 1– x V x O thin films

    In this paper, we describe in the first step the structural, electrical and optical properties of the nanostructured Zn 1– x V x O thin films deposited on glass substrates by rf-magnetron sputtering using aerogel nanoparticles synthesised by the sol–gel method. The best properties, satisfying the role of window and buffer layers, were achieved, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Efficient photoelectrochemical splitting of water to H2 and O2 at nanocrystalline carbon modified (CM)-n-TiO2 and (CM)-n-Fe2O3 thin films

    Carbon modified titanium oxide (CM-n-TiO2) and iron (III) oxide (CM-n-Fe2O3) thin films were synthesised by thermal flame oxidation of Ti and Fe metal sheets, respectively. Under white light illumination of intensity of 100 mW cm−2 from a 150 W xenon lamp, the optimised CM-n-TiO2 and CM-n-Fe2O3 photoelectrode were found to split water to H2 and O2 with maximum photoconversion efficiencies of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Solar Panels

    The Customer The Company is a worldwide developer, manufacturer, and distributor of solar electricity panels. The Process The Company uses a multiple zone conventional printing dryer for thin-film deposition onto solar cells. A special foil substrate is passed through rollers that transfer a proprietary ink formulation and epoxy adhesive ...

  • The comparison of several silicon solar cells

    The solar cell is also known as the "solar chip", it is a kind of photoelectric semiconductor wafer that works by solar energy. Solar energy refers to solar radiation energy. Since the formation of the earth, organism mainly light and heat, provided by the sun to survive, and as a method of food preservation, such as salt and salted fish. But nowadays, the ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • What Are Solar Buildings Technologies?

    Solar buildings technologies use the non-polluting power of the sun to help heat, cool, and power our buildings. Because buildings now use one-third of the energy currently consumed in this country, the potential markets for using solar buildings technologies in place of conventional ones is substantial. Whether you're a home owner, architect, builder, business owner, or industry or utility ...

  • Solar Streetlights in Extreme Weather

    Nature is brimming with its different forces. They are all meant for good but can have a damaging effect on other items that it comes into contact with. Take for example anything that is outside but is not natural. It can easily get damaged by water and get rusty. Even natural things can be blown away or struck down by the very same beautiful nature. It is very easy to assume that ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • 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

  • How a Solar Light Works

    A solar light is a light that has the ability to convert sunlight from the afternoon hours into electrical energy that eventually powers the light whenever it is required. It looks no different from a regular light but there are very many subtle differences in the background. A solar panel collects the sun’s radiation and then transforms it into electrical energy. The converted ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • A brighter future for solar in Texas

    I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. - Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931 According to the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), Texas has the greatest solar energy potential of any state in the country. “If photovoltaic (PV) systems operating ...

  • CuO/ZnO coupled oxide films obtained by the electrodeposition technique and their photocatalytic activity in phenol degradation under solar irradiation

    CuO/ZnO coupled oxide films were electrodeposited onto an aluminum substrate and tested as photocatalysts in degradation of phenol molecules in aqueous solution under sunlight. The obtained films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The results showed that the photocatalytic activity of films was significant, ...


    By IWA Publishing

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