Solar cells based on CdTe thin films

  • T.M. Mazur Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas
  • V.V. Prokopiv Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University
  • M.P. Mazur Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas
  • U.M. Pysklynets Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University
Keywords: thin films, solar cells, CdTe, photovoltaic cells, modules

Abstract

An analysis of the use of semiconductor solar cells based on thin-film cadmium telluride (CdTe) in power engineering is carried out. It is shown that the advantages of thin-film technology and CdTe itself as a direct-gap semiconductor open up the prospect of large-scale production of competitive CdTe solar modules. The physical and technical problems of increasing the efficiency of CdS/CdTe heterostructure solar cells, which are significantly inferior to the theoretically possible value in mass production, are discussed. The state of CdTe thin-film solar cells, which make CdTe a suitable material for ground-based photoelectric conversion of solar energy, the historical development of the CdTe compound, the application of CdTe thin films, the main methods and strategies of device production, device analysis and fundamental problems related to the future development of thin-film modules based on cadmium telluride.

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Published
2021-12-30
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MazurT., ProkopivV., MazurM. and PysklynetsU. 2021. Solar cells based on CdTe thin films. Physics and Chemistry of Solid State. 22, 4 (Dec. 2021), 817-827. DOI:https://doi.org/10.15330/pcss.22.4.817-827.
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