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Photovoltaic Technologies, Devices and Systems Based on Inorganic Materials, Small Organic Molecules and Hybrids: Volume 1493 (MRS Proceedings)

Photovoltaic Technologies, Devices and Systems Based on Inorganic Materials, Small Organic Molecules and Hybrids: Volume 1493 (MRS Proceedings)

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Materials Research Society
Edition: 1st Edition, 9/2/2013
EAN 9781605114705, ISBN10: 1605114707

Hardcover, 347 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
Language: English

Symposium E, 'Photovoltaic Technologies - Materials, Devices and Systems', and Symposium H, 'Small Molecule Organic Solar Cells', were held November 25–30 at the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Energy needs have been forecast to at least double within the next fifty years. Therefore, unless renewable energy can cover the large deficit that fossil fuels can no longer furnish, the stage is set for a major energy shortage. One promising solution is the conversion of solar energy into usable electric power. However, in conventional single-junction solar cells, the maximum efficiency for the conversion of unconcentrated solar radiation is 31%, because a significant part of solar energy is lost due to thermalization of photocarriers, and another part is lost due to poor or no absorption of below band gap photons. This symposium volume is focused on approaches proposed for reaching or exceeding the SQ thermodynamic limit of solar energy conversion.

Part I. Photovoltaic Technologies
Part II. Concentrated Photovoltaics (CPV)
Part III. Next Generation Solar Cells
Part IV. OPV and Next Generation Solar Cells
Part V. Thin Film Solar Cells
Part VI. Silicon and Thin Film Solar Cells
Part VII. High Efficiency Solar Cells
Part VIII. Solar Cell Physics
Part IX. Characterization
Part X. Advanced Concepts.