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Franklin E.,Australian National University | Fong K.,Australian National University | Mcintosh K.,PV Lighthouse Coledale | Fell A.,Australian National University | And 13 more authors.
Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications | Year: 2014

The interdigitated back contact (IBC) solar cells developed at the Australian National University have resulted in an independently confirmed (Fraunhofer Institut fu¨r Solare Energiesysteme (ISE) CalLab) designated-area efficiency of 24.4±0.7%, featuring short-circuit current density of 41.95mA/cm2, open-circuit voltage of 703mV and 82.7% fill factor. The cell, 2×2cm2 in area, was fabricated on a 230μm thick 1.5Ωcm n-type Czochralski wafer, utilising plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (CVD) SiNx front-surface passivation without front-surface diffusion, rear-side thermal oxide/low-pressure CVD Si3N4 passivation stack and evaporated aluminium contacts with a finger-to-finger pitch of 500μm. This paper describes the design and fabrication of lab-scale high-efficiency IBC cells. Characterisation of optical and electronic properties of the best produced cell is made, with subsequent incorporation into 3D device modelling used to accurately quantify all losses. Loss analysis demonstrates that bulk and emitter recombination, bulk resistive and optical losses are dominant and suggests a clear route to efficiency values in excess of 25%. Additionally, laser processing is explored as a means to simplify the manufacture of IBC cells, with a confirmed efficiency value of 23.5% recorded for cells fabricated using damage-free deep UV laser ablation for contact formation. Meanwhile all-laser-doped cells, where every doping and patterning step is performed by lasers, are demonstrated with a preliminary result of 19.1% conversion efficiency recorded. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd..

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