Numerical study of metal oxide Schottky type solar cells

Zhu, L., Shao, Guosheng and Luo, J. ORCID: 0000-0003-0310-2443 (2012) Numerical study of metal oxide Schottky type solar cells. Solid State Sciences, 14 (7). pp. 857-863. ISSN 1293-2558

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Abstract

Metal oxide (MO) semiconductors hold the promise for the development of high efficiency solar cells with low cost. Currently heterostructure type MO solar cells have been theoretically and experimentally studied, demonstrated their potential for applications. This paper highlights a numerical investigation on Schottky type MO solar cells using CuO as the absorption layer. It is shown that the doping concentration, absorption layer thickness, barrier height and back surface field have significant effects on the performance of the devices. Under the optimal structure and doping, the Schottky barrier solar cells, if can be fabricated with suitable techniques, can have a conversion efficiency up to 18.5%, comparable to MO heterojunction solar cells, but at a much simpler structure and lower cost. Some guidelines about the materials selection and structure design for MO Schottky barrier solar cells are summarized.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: solar cells, oxide semiconductor, Schottky diode, CuO, Cu2O, CuO/Cu2O heterostructure
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies
Depositing User: Sarah Taylor
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 13:24
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2018 13:24
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.solidstatesciences.2012.04.020
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1572

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