Critical interfaces in emerging thin film photovoltaic technologies: From basic science to policy and economic issues

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Abstract

The widespread adoption of photovoltaic energy conversion technologies, especially in the U.S., is determined by a combination of scientific challenges, economics and energy policy. The Department of Energy has set as a goal the creation of PV platforms that efficiently produce electrical power at a cost of well under $1 per watt installed, which creates breathtaking technical challenges to overcome. This talk will focus on some of the scientific/technical challenges we face in creating 'scalable' (solar cells that can be printed at 100's of meters per day), where materials costs are extremely low, accompanied by low (but increasing) efficiencies. We will review studies underway that allow us to understand and control the critical interfaces in these PV platforms, that currently limit both efficiency an lifetime. We view all of this basic science in the context of a constantly changing political and economic environment for PV-based electricity, and an exciting future for these new PV technologies. Renewable Energy and the Environment Congress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptics for Solar Energy, SOLAR 2013
PublisherOptical Society of America (OSA)
ISBN (Print)9781557529862
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
EventOptics for Solar Energy, SOLAR 2013 - Tucson, AZ, United States
Duration: Nov 3 2013Nov 7 2013

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701

Other

OtherOptics for Solar Energy, SOLAR 2013
CountryUnited States
CityTucson, AZ
Period11/3/1311/7/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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    Armstrong, N. (2013). Critical interfaces in emerging thin film photovoltaic technologies: From basic science to policy and economic issues. In Optics for Solar Energy, SOLAR 2013 (Optics InfoBase Conference Papers). Optical Society of America (OSA). https://doi.org/10.1364/freeform.2013.jt1a.1