Memorias de investigación
Book chapters:
The interest and potential of ultra-high concentration

Research Areas
  • Electric engineers, electronic and automatic (eil),
  • Technologies of integration for engineering and electronics,
  • Solar cells

The benefits of the ultra-high concentration (>1,000 suns) are shown in terms of cost reduction, raw material availability and efficiency increase. The main challenges for the operation at such high concentrations, namely, (a) to keep a low series resistance; (b) to manufacture tunnel junctions with high peak currents and low series resistance; (c) to design and build advanced characterisation methods and tools; and (d) to increase the reliability of the devices are addressed and solutions for them are proposed. As examples of success in manufacturing multijunction solar cells at ultra-high concentration, we have developed and manufactured a GaInP/GaAs dual-junction device, which exhibits an efficiency of 32.6% for a concentration range going from 499 to 1,026 suns. This efficiency is the world record efficiency for a dual-junction solar cell. Besides, the efficiency is still as high as 31% at 3,000 suns. We have extended this strategy to lattice-matched GaInP/Ga(In)As/Ge triple junction solar cells. At the current state of development, such cells show an efficiency of 36.2% at 700 suns. The theoretical optimisation shows that an efficiency well over 40% at 1,000 suns is achievable.
Book Edition
Book Publishing
Springer Verlag
Springer Series in Optical Sciences
Book title
Next Generation of Photovoltaics: New concepts
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Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Instituto de Energía Solar
  • Departamento: Electrónica Física