High-Tech Applications of Functional Coatings: Functional Coatings and Photovoltaic

High-Tech Applications of Functional Coatings: Functional Coatings and Photovoltaic

Susana María Fernández (Ciemat, Spain) and Antonio Garrido Marijuan (Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0066-7.ch011
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Abstract

In the proposed chapter, the authors will present an overview about the role of the main transparent conductive oxides as functional coatings and its incorporation into emerging large area flexible photovoltaic technologies. In particular, the authors will describe the state of the art in this area, with the highlight of establishing the importance of using transparent conductive oxides as an essential part of an industrial chain. In this sense, it will be emphasized the main requirements of transparent conductive oxides, the main deposition techniques employed for its fabrication, the different material alternatives that emerge as substitutes of conventional ones and, finally, the evaluation of the main risks found when the coatings will be incorporated in an industrial production chain of flexible devices.
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Part 1. Introduction: Photovoltaic’S Importance In The Future And The Role Of The Tco

PV industry is called to be a major player in European electricity production in the medium (2030) and longer term (2050). It is a fairly common practice to assume an enormous potential for PV since it can also be installed on fields in large scale applications, such as roofs, building surfaces, fallow land, deserts, etc. (Defaix, van Sark, Worrell, & de Visser, 2012; Philbin et al., 2008). The recently published Solar Europe Industry Initiative (SEII) implementation plan 2010–2012 assumes a potential of 700 GWp installed capacity for the EU-27 plus Croatia, Norway and Turkey.

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