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Ultrathin Nano-Absorbers in Photovoltaics: Prospects and Innovative Applications

Götz, Maximilian and Osterthun, Norbert and Gehrke, Kai and Vehse, Martin and Agert, Carsten (2020) Ultrathin Nano-Absorbers in Photovoltaics: Prospects and Innovative Applications. Coatings, 10 (3), p. 218. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/coatings10030218. ISSN 2079-6412.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings10030218


Approaching the first terawatt of installations, photovoltaics (PV) are about to become the major source of electric power until the mid-century. The technology has proven to be long lasting and very versatile and today PV modules can be found in numerous applications. This is a great success of the entire community, but taking future growth for granted might be dangerous. Scientists have recently started to call for accelerated innovation and cost reduction. Here, we show how ultrathin absorber layers, only a few nanometers in thickness, together with strong light confinement can be used to address new applications for photovoltaics. We review the basics of this new type of solar cell and point out the requirements to the absorber layer material by optical simulation. Furthermore, we discuss innovative applications, which make use of the unique optical properties of the nano absorber solar cell architecture, such as spectrally selective PV and switchable photovoltaic windows.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/135652/
Document Type:Article
Title:Ultrathin Nano-Absorbers in Photovoltaics: Prospects and Innovative Applications
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Götz, MaximilianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6078-4359UNSPECIFIED
Osterthun, NorbertUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2668-6605UNSPECIFIED
Vehse, MartinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0578-6121UNSPECIFIED
Agert, CarstenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4733-5257UNSPECIFIED
Date:29 February 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Coatings
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:p. 218
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:ultrathin absorber; amorphous germanium; spectrally selective solar cell; switchable solar cell; absorption enhancement
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Technology, Innovation and Society
HGF - Program Themes:Renewable Energy and Material Resources for Sustainable Futures - Integrating at Different Scales
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SY - Energy Systems Analysis
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Energy Systems Technology (old)
Location: Oldenburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Networked Energy Systems > Urban and Residential Technologies
Deposited By: Götz, Maximilian
Deposited On:29 Jul 2020 11:39
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 11:39

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