Approaching conversion limit with all-dielectric solar cell reflectors

Sze Ming Fu, Yi Chun Lai, Chi Wei Tseng, Sheng Lun Yan, Yan Kai Zhong, Chang Hong Shen, Jia Min Shieh, Yu Ren Li, Huang-Chung Cheng, Gou Chung Chi, Peichen Yu, Albert Lin

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Metallic back reflectors has been used for thin-film and waferbased solar cells for very long time. Nonetheless, the metallic mirrors might not be the best choices for photovoltaics. In this work, we show that solar cells with all-dielectric reflectors can surpass the best-configured metalbacked devices. Theoretical and experimental results all show that superior large-angle light scattering capability can be achieved by the diffuse medium reflectors, and the solar cell J-V enhancement is higher for solar cells using all-dielectric reflectors. Specifically, the measured diffused scattering efficiency (D.S.E.) of a diffuse medium reflector is >0.8 for the light trapping spectral range (600nm-1000nm), and the measured reflectance of a diffuse medium can be as high as silver if the geometry of embedded titanium oxide(TiO2) nanoparticles is optimized. Moreover, the diffuse medium reflectors have the additional advantage of roomtemperature processing, low cost, and very high throughput. We believe that using all-dielectric solar cell reflectors is a way to approach the thermodynamic conversion limit by completely excluding metallic dissipation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A106-A117
JournalOptics Express
Issue number3
StatePublished - 9 Feb 2015

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