Advanced Solar Cell Materials, Technology, Modeling, and Simulation
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Advanced Solar Cell Materials, Technology, Modeling, and Simulation

Laurentiu Fara (Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania) and Masafumi Yamaguchi (Toyota Technological Institute, Japan)
Release Date: July, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 354
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1927-2
ISBN13: 9781466619272|ISBN10: 1466619279|EISBN13: 9781466619289
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While measuring the effectiveness of solar cell materials may not always be practical once a device has been created, solar cell modeling may allow researchers to obtain prospective analyses of the internal processes of potential materials prior to their manufacture.

Advanced Solar Cell Materials, Technology, Modeling, and Simulation discusses the development and use of modern solar cells made from composite materials. This volume is targeted toward experts from universities and research organizations, as well as young professionals interested in pursuing different subjects regarding advanced solar cells.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Alternative Fuel Sources
  • Dye-sensitized Solar Cells
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Organic Solar Cells
  • Photovoltaic Conversion
  • Polymer Solar Cells
  • Quantum Dot Solar Cells
  • Quantum Efficiency (QE) and I-V
  • Quantum Well Solar Cells
  • Solar Cell Modeling
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This work considers a new paradigm in photovoltaic conversion, using quantum confinement as well as light and thermal management. Chapters by international photovoltaic scientists shed light on the latest materials, technology, modeling, simulation, and device and system designs for different types of advanced solar cells. The first part of the book reviews new trends in solar cells and discusses the physical limitations of photovoltaic conversion. Later sections deal with quantum well solar cells, hybrid and polymer solar cells, high efficiency solar cells, and luminescent solar concentrators. Some specific topics explored include phononic engineering for hot carrier solar cells, quantum dot solar cells, and quantum confinement modeling and simulation for quantum well solar cells. The book's readership includes researchers, engineers, and advanced students in engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, and optical and electrical engineering.

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR
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Laurentiu Fara is Professor at Physics Department, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. He received his PhD from Institute of Atomic Physics, Bucharest, Romania in 1987. His research focused on PV cells and systems, as well as on Solar Thermal systems. He also worked in the modelling and simulation of advanced solar cells, namely Quantum Well Solar Cells, Polymer Solar Cells and Dye Solar Cells. He received the Romanian Academy Award in Physics for his activity in Solar Energy in 1987. He is the Chairman of Romania ISES Section. He contributed in several research and training projects funded, both by European and National Programmes. In 2008, he was the chairman of the Scientific Committee of the International Workshop dedicated to “New Trends in Photovoltaics”, organized in Bucharest, Romania. He is member of Academy of Romanian Scientists.
Masafumi Yamaguchi is a Principal Professor at the Toyota Technological Institute (TTI), Nagoya, Japan. He received his Ph.D degree from the Hokkaido University, Japan in 1978. His research focuses on III-V compound multi-junction solar cells and materials, space and concentrator cells, crystalline Si solar cells and materials, and analysis of defects and impurities in semiconductor materials and devices. He has received several awards such as the William Cherry Award from the IEEE in 2008 and the Becquerel Prize from the European Commission in 2004. Currently, he is the Director of Solar Cells and Modules Division, International Solar Energy Society (ISES), the Research Supervisor in the field of the Creative Research for Clean Energy using Solar Energy, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and the Project Leader of the Next Generation High Performance PV R&D Project, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
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