As environmental concerns escalate, solar power is increasingly seen as an attractive alternative energy source. Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells addresses the practical and theoretical issues fundamental to the viable conversion of sunlight into electricity. Written by three internationally renowned experts, this valuable reference profits from results and experience gained from research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. Features include: Introduction to the principles of photovoltaics, providing a grounding in semiconductor physics for the novice reader Special emphasis on the methods of attaining high efficiency and thereby cost-effective solar power Examination of the physics, design and technology of crystalline silicon solar cells, in particular thin film cells Survey of a selection of alternative cell types equipping the reader with a complete overview Detailed description of measuring and analysis techniques to facilitate determining physical semiconductor and solar cell parameters Accessible to those with a basic knowledge of physics and mathematics, this is an excellent introductory book for students studying solid state and semiconductor physics. All those working in photovoltaic development and production will find Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells an indispensable resource.
Table of contents
The Principles of Photovoltaics.
The P-N Junction.
The Physics of Solar Cells.
High Efficiency Solar Cells.
Si Solar Cell Technology.
Selected Solar Cell Types.
Analysis and Measuring Techniques.