Hyrbid advanced concept solar cells

Christiana Honsberg, Stephen Bremner, Jongwon Lee, Adam Bailey, Som Dahal

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


Advanced concept or third generation solar cells rely on modification to the basic process of absorption/recombination or collection to increase the efficiency above that from a singe junction solar cell. While there are a number of advanced concept approaches, a feature of theses is that they have focused primarily on inclusion of a single type of physical mechanism. Such single mechanism advanced concept solar cells are in general limited in efficiency to the equivalent tandem solar cell which has the same number of processes. This paper demonstrates that solar cells using combinations of different approaches have higher thermodynamic efficiencies. Some combinations demonstrate higher efficiencies that either of the constituent approaches, and, significantly, even exceed the efficiency of the "equivalent" tandem structure. Moreover, such advanced concept hybrid structures have benefits other than efficiency increases, including reduced sensitivity to materials or to physical processes which are difficult to implement, or to non-idealities in the solar cell structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgram - 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2011Jun 24 2011

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Other37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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