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Purdue University Bifacial Module Calculator (PUB)
20 Feb 2018 | Contributor(s):: Binglin Zhao, Xingshu Sun, Mohammad Ryyan Khan, Muhammad Ashraful Alam
A tool to simulate and optimize the energy yield of both bifacial and monofacial solar modules
Nanocrystalline Solar Cells Lab
04 Jan 2017 | | Contributor(s):: SHINE Project, SHINE Project
This lab consists of activities designed to teach students about solar cells. The entire bundle can be downloaded by clicking on the download link in the upper right or compontents can be individually downloaded by visiting the Supporting Docs tab. Learning Objectives: To gain a basic...
Epitaxial Strategies for High Power Optically Pumped Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers and Metamorphic Antimonide Solar Cells
05 Dec 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Ganesh Balakrishnan
We present antimonide-based photovoltaic cells grown on GaAs and Silicon substrates for use as sub-cells in metamorphic multi-junction solar cells. These antimonide cells, based on GaSb, are designed to absorb near-infrared photons. The GaSb layer is grown on either GaAs or Silicon substrates.
Nanotechnology and the NAE Grand Challenge Make Solar Energy Economical
20 Jun 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Edward Davis, Virginia A. Davis
This group of materials is designed to provide a framework to teach students in an introductory engineering course basic nanotechnology concepts. The materials use the NAE grand challenge “Make Solar Energy Economical” to underpin the need and potential for nanotechnology to address...
PVLimits: PV thermodynamic limit calculator
21 Mar 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Mohammad Ryyan Khan, Xin Jin, Muhammad A. Alam
The tool is designed to calculate the thermodynamic performance limit of single-junction and multi-junction solar cells.
Diffusion-Reaction Modeling of Cu Migration in CdTe Solar Devices
26 Oct 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Da GUO, Tian Fang, Richard Akis, Dragica Vasileska
IWCE 2015 presentation. In this work, we report on development of one-dimensional (1D) finite-difference and two- dimensional (2D) finite-element diffusion-reaction simulators to investigate mechanisms behind Cu- related metastabilities observed in CdTe solar cells . The evolution of CdTe...
Thermionic Escape in Quantum Well Solar Cell
16 Dec 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Nicolas Cavassilas, Fabienne Michelini, Marc Bescond
This theoretical work analyzes the photogeneration and the escape of carrier in InGaN/GaN core-shell nanowires. Our electronic transport model considers quantum behaviors such as confinement, tunneling, electron-phonon scattering and electron-photon interactions. The large lattice mismatch...
Simulation of Organic Solar Cell with Graphene Transparent Electrode
12 Nov 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Paolo Paletti, giacomo ulisse, Giuseppe Iannaccone, Gianluca Fiori
IWCE 2015 presentation. We present a simulation study of the performance of organic solar cell (OSC) exploiting graphene as transparent electrode. The approach is based on a multi-scale/multi-physics simulation framework, which is able to provide relevant information regarding the design...
A Multi-Scale Modeling Approach to Study Transport in Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells
26 Oct 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Pradyumna Muralidharan, Dragica Vasileska, Stephen M. Goodnick, Stuart Bowden
IWCE 2015 presentation. Abstract and more information to be added at a later date.
A Crash Course in Nanophotonic Simulations
18 Jun 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Peter Bermel
This seminar will cover rapid, scalable computational methods used in simulating optical reflection,transmission, and absorption in complex structures. After a brief survey of the tools available, the S4 simulation tool will be demonstrated in detail.
Failures in Photovoltaic Modules
16 Apr 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Peter Bermel
In this talk, I will discuss some of the major sources of performance degradation for common glass-encapsulated PV modules, including crystalline silicon and thin films. The greatest reliability challenges have occurred in the latter, with recent studies showing that thin-film modules operating...
15 Jun 2012 | | Contributor(s):: Stephan Suckow
This download provides the program "2/3-Diode Fit", which can be used to interactively simulate or fit I-V characteristics of solar cells using different 2- or 3-diode models. Different file formats and batch processing are supported as well as different modes: dark or illuminated...
[Illinois] AVS Meeting 2012: Understanding Atomic-Layer-Deposition Synthesis of Cu 2 ZnSnS 4 Solar Cells
03 Jun 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Sergey V. Baryshev
Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) has recently attracted attention as a light absorber for photovoltaic applications because of its band gap (εg≈1.4 eV), the relative abundance and low cost of its constituent elements (which permits large-scale low-cost module production), and its demonstrated...
Exciton Dynamics Simulator
31 Dec 2012 | | Contributor(s):: Michael Heiber
Simulates the exciton dynamics in organic photovolatic devices
Design of Optoelectronically-active Polymers for Organic Photovoltaic Applications
01 Feb 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Bryan W. Boudouris
Organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices are of great interest due to their promise of providing flexible, lightweight, and inexpensive alternatives to their currently-used inorganic counterparts. However, large-scale implementation of these modules has been hampered due to their relatively low power...
Birck Solar Research Seminar Series
30 Jan 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Peter Bermel
The Solar Research Series includes presentations from researchers at Purdue and leading researchers across the nation on developments in wafer-based, thin-film, organic and cross-cutting technologies in photovoltaics (PV) and related solar power. Results to be presented will include a mixture of...
Nano Solutions to Our Impending Energy Crisis
11 Nov 2012 | | Contributor(s):: Ali Shakouri
In this talk we review some of the advances in nanoscale energy conversion devices and discuss about the challenges and opportunities to provide a clean energy infrastructure. Couple of examples from solar and thermoelectric materials, devices and systems will be given and the scale of the...
22 Feb 2012 |
PC1D solves the fully coupled nonlinear equations for one-dimensional transport of electrons and holes in crystalline semiconductor devices, with emphasis on photovoltaic devices.
Opportunities of Lasers for Scalable Manufacturing of Solar Energy Devices
21 Aug 2012 | | Contributor(s):: Gary Cheng
Production costs, module conversion efficiencies, and adoption in commercial rooftops continue to be the most critical issues for solar energy technology.The industry continuously seeks technologies that offer scalable and high speed solar device production to replace costly conventional...
NEGF theory of quantum photovoltaic devices
21 Sep 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Urs Aeberhard
Many high-efficiency photovoltaics concepts require an advanced control and manipulation of the optoelectronic properties of the active device structure, leading to a prominent role of low dimensional absorbers such as quantum wells, wires and dots in the implementation of these concepts....