Light-induced degradation in quasi-monocrystalline silicon PERC solar cells: Indications on involvement of copper

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  • SolarWorld Innovations GmbH

Abstract

High-efficiency solar cell designs such as the passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) raise the quality requirements for silicon substrates, favoring monocrystalline materials. Seed-cast quasi-monocrystalline silicon (qm-Si) is a promising alternative for Czochralski (Cz) Si with potential benefits of lower cost and reduced energy footprint. However, the purity and crystalline quality of qm-Si is not on par with Cz-Si, which can cause efficiency losses for example in the form of light-induced degradation (LID). In this contribution, we study the LID phenomena that can be present in qm-Si PERC solar cells, and compare them to the Cz-Si PERC. Degradation and regeneration are analyzed especially from the viewpoint of Cu impurity, which has until very recently been omitted as a source of LID for this device type. Subsequently, differences in LID behavior between qm-Si and Cz-Si are investigated considering the density of dislocations in the bulk. The results imply that slurry-based wafer slicing may introduce contamination that is capable of causing considerable LID in PERC devices fabricated of Si with inherently high defect density.

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1700321
Number of pages7
JournalPHYSICA STATUS SOLIDI A: APPLICATIONS AND MATERIALS SCIENCE
Volume214
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • copper, gettering, impurities, light-induced degradation, silicon, solar cells

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