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Current silicon heterojunction PV modules can have lower production costs compared to conventional crystalline silicon. Abstract Research and development of silicon heterojunction SHJ solar cells has seen a marked increase since the recent expiry of core patents describing SHJ technology.
SHJ solar cells are expected to offer various cost benefits compared to conventional crystalline silicon solar cells. This paper analyses the production costs associated with five different SHJ cell designs, including an interdigitated back-contacted IBC design.
Using life-cycle costing, we analyzed the current cost breakdown of these SHJ designs, and compared them to conventional diffused junction monocrystalline silicon modules.
Coupling the results for current designs with literature data on technological improvements, we also present a prospective analysis of production costs for the five SHJ cells and modules. For current designs, module costs were calculated to be 0.
The efficiency bonus for SHJ modules compared to conventional c-Si modules is offset by a strong increase in metallization costs for SHJ designs, as comparatively large amounts of low-temperature silver-paste are required.
For module materials, the requirement for conductive adhesives results in a small cost penalty for SHJ modules compared to c-Si modules, which is more than balanced by the effect of higher efficiency in SHJ modules. Our prospective study showed that improvements in cell processing and module design could result in a significant drop in production costs for all module types studied.
The SHJ modules gain much advantage by reducing and replacing silver consumption, increased cell efficiency and thinner wafers and have prospective production costs of 0.
Conventional c-Si module cost is less sensitive to silver paste consumption, limiting the potential for cost reduction, and has prospective production costs of 0.Another defining term in the overall behavior of a solar cell is the fill factor (FF). This factor is a measure of quality of a solar cell.
This is the available power at the maximum power point (P m) divided by the open circuit voltage (V OC) and the short circuit current (I SC). A cost roadmap for silicon heterojunction solar cells.
(I sc) and fill factor (FF). The assumed efficiencies for each of the SHJ designs, For the reference SHJ design, we assume that the application of a silver grid on both sides of the solar cell, thus the total paste requirement per cell is grams. The fill factor (FF) is an important parameter that determines the power conversion efficiency of an organic solar cell.
There are several factors that can significantly influence FF, and these factors interact with each other very intricately. Due to this reason, a deep understanding of FF is quite difficul.
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