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Research Publications in journals:
Failure analysis on lattice matched GaInP/Ga(In)As/Ge commercial concentrator solar cells after temperature accelerated life tests
Year:2017
Research Areas
  • Electronic technology and of the communications
Information
Abstract
Accelerated life tests are frequently used to provide reliability information in a moderate period of time (weeks or months), and after that, a failure analysis is compulsory to detect the failure origins. In this paper, a failure analysis has been carried out after a temperature accelerated life test on lattice matched GaInP/Ga(In)As/Ge triple junction commercial solar cells. Solar cells were forward biased in darkness inside three climatic chambers in order to emulate the photo-generated current under nominal working conditions (a concentration level of 820 suns). After the accelerated aging test, a characterization of the resulting cells by means of quantum efficiency, dark and illumination I?V curves, electroluminescence, scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive X-ray, scanning transmission electron microscope and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy has been carried out. Current is identified as the cause of degradation while temperature just dominates the accelerating factor of the aging test. Current promotes the front metal damage produced by the chemical evolution of the electroplating impurities together with those of the tab soldering process. Semiconductor structure does not seem to be responsible of any failure. Therefore, this kind of lattice matched GaInP/Ga(In)As/Ge triple junction solar cells, that as of 2016, are the workhorse of CPV technology, exhibits as a very robust device if the front metal connection is properly accomplished.
International
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JCR
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Title
Progress in Photovoltaics
ISBN
1062-7995
Impact factor JCR
7,365
Impact info
Datos JCR del año 2013
Volume
25
10.1002/pip.2818
Journal number
1
From page
97
To page
112
Month
SIN MES
Ranking
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 5/88 (Energy & Fuels); 14/145 (Physics Applied); 24/271 (Materials Science Multidisciplinary)
Participants
  • Autor: Vincenzo Orlando (UPM)
  • Autor: Mercedes Gabas (Universidad de Málaga)
  • Autor: Beatriz Galiana Blanco (UPM)
  • Autor: Pilar Espinet González (UPM)
  • Autor: Santiago Palanco (Universidad de Málaga)
  • Autor: Neftali Nuñez Mendoza (UPM)
  • Autor: Manuel Vazquez Lopez (UPM)
  • Autor: Kenji Araki
  • Autor: Carlos Algora Del Valle (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Semiconductores III-V
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Instituto de Energía Solar
  • Departamento: Electrónica Física, Ingeniería Eléctrica y Física Aplicada
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