A bird's-eye view of the development and problems of recent photovoltaic cells and systems and prospects for Si feedstock is presented.
High-efficient low-cost PV modules, making use of novel efficient solar cells (based on c-Si or III-V materials), and low cost solar concentrators are in the focus of this book.
Recent developments of organic photovoltaics, which is expected to overcome its difficulties and to enter the market soon, are also included.
Table of Contents
1. Milestones of Solar Conversion and Photovoltaics.- 2. From Extraterrestrial to Terrestrial PV Applications.- 3. PV Solar Electricity: From a Niche Market toward Mainstream Market for Electricity.- 4. Advanced Solar-Grade Poly-Si.- 5. Edge defined Film Fed Growth (EFG) -Ribbon Silicon Technology.- 6. A Novel High-Efficiency Rear-Contact Solar Cell with Bifacial Sensitivity.- 7. Commercial High Efficiency Si Solar Cells.- 8. III-V Solar Cells and Concentrator Arrays.- 9. Economic Perspective: Is the CPV capable of breaking the Economic Barrier?.- 10. The Fluorescent Solar Energy Concentrator.- 11. Hybrid Photovoltaic/Thermal Collector, based on the Fluorescent Concentrators.- 12. Installation Concept and Future Applications of PV.- 13. Design Rules for Efficient Organic Solar Cells