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Third Generation Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics have started replacing fossil fuels as major energy generation roadmaps, targeting higher efficiencies and/or lower costs are aggressively pursued to bring PV to cost parity with grid electricity. Third generation PV technologies may overcome the fundamental limitations of photon to electron conversion in single-junction devices and, thus, improve both their efficiency and cost. This book presents notable advances in these technologies, namely organic cells and nanostructures, dye-sensitized cells and multijunction III/V cells. The following topics are addressed: Solar spectrum conversion for photovoltaics using nanoparticles; multiscale modeling of heterojunctions in organic PV; technologies and manufacturing of OPV; life cycle assessment of OPV; new materials and architectures for dye-sensitized solar cells; advances of concentrating PV; modeling doped III/V alloys; polymeric films for lowering the cost of PV, and field performance factors. A panel of acclaimed PV professionals contributed these topics, compiling the state of knowledge for advancing this new generation of PV.

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Third Generation PhotovoltaicsEdited by Vasilis Fthenakis

Published: March 16th 2012

DOI: 10.5772/1386

ISBN: 978-953-51-0304-2

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-6154-7

Copyright year: 2012

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50662 Total Chapter Downloads

34 Crossref Citations

92 Web of Science Citations

86 Dimensions Citations


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1. Solar Spectrum Conversion for Photovoltaics Using Nanoparticles

By W.G.J.H.M. van Sark, A. Meijerink and R.E.I. Schropp


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2. Multi-Scale Modeling of Bulk Heterojunctions for Organic Photovoltaic Applications

By Varuni Dantanarayana, David M. Huang, Jennifer A. Staton, Adam J. Moulé and Roland Faller


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3. Organic Photovoltaics: Technologies and Manufacturing

By Yulia Galagan and Ronn Andriessen


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4. Life Cycle Assessment of Organic Photovoltaics

By Annick Anctil and Vasilis Fthenakis


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5. Investigating New Materials and Architectures for Grätzel Cells

By Alex Polizzotti, Jacob Schual-Berke, Erika Falsgraf and Malkiat Johal


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6. Nonisovalent Alloys for Photovoltaics Applications: Modelling IV-Doped III-V Alloys

By Giacomo Giorgi, Hiroki Kawai and Koichi Yamashita


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7. Concentrated Photovoltaics

By Robert McConnell and Vasilis Fthenakis


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8. Durable Polymeric Films for Increasing the Performance of Concentrators

By T. J. Hebrink


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9. Performance of Photovoltaics Under Actual Operating Conditions

By George Makrides, Bastian Zinsser, Matthew Norton and George E. Georghiou


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