Accession Number : ADA632361


Title :   Interdigitated Back-Surface-Contact Solar Cell Modeling Using Silvaco Atlas


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Green, Shawn E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a632361.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 89


Abstract : The Silvaco Atlas semiconductor modeling software was used to simulate an interdigitated back-surface-contact solar cell. The cell is modeled after the silicon-based Sunpower Corporation A-300 solar cell, which contains a number of unique features that give it advantages over conventional solar cells. This simulation attempted to match as closely as possible the results measured by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory from the A-300 cell in order to validate the model. This model was then used to investigate the effects of making the A-300 thinner, which would permit its use in military solar blanket applications. A thin and flexible solar cell is ideal for this application due to its lighter weight, making it portable and flexible, which increases its ruggedness. The ability to simulate an interdigitated back-surface-contact cell also allows future work using computer algorithms to improve power output results as well as investigations into using materials other than silicon, which may further improve power output.


Descriptors :   *SOFTWARE TOOLS , *SOLAR CELLS , BATTERY CHARGERS , COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION , DOPING , ELECTRODES , ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT , GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE , HIGH POWER , INTEGRATED SYSTEMS , LIGHTWEIGHT , MATHEMATICAL MODELS , PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT , POWER , SEMICONDUCTORS , SILICON , SOLAR PANELS , STORAGE BATTERIES , THESES , VOLTAGE


Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Computer Programming and Software
      Solid State Physics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE