Multiscale in modelling and validation for solar photovoltaics

Multisolar COST action

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Abstract

Photovoltaics is amongst the most important technologies for renewable energy sources, and plays a key role in the development of a society with a smaller environmental footprint. Key parameters for solar cells are their energy conversion efficiency, their operating lifetime, and the cost of the energy obtained from a photovoltaic system compared to other sources. The optimization of these aspects involves the exploitation of new materials and development of novel solar cell concepts and designs. Both theoretical modeling and characterization of such devices require a comprehensive view including all scales from the atomic to the macroscopic and industrial scale. The different length scales of the electronic and optical degrees of freedoms specifically lead to an intrinsic need for multiscale simulation, which is accentuated in many advanced photovoltaics concepts including nanostructured regions. Therefore, multiscale modeling has found particular interest in the photovoltaics community, as a tool to advance the field beyond its current limits. In this article, we review the field of multiscale techniques applied to photovoltaics, and we discuss opportunities and remaining challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10
Number of pages16
JournalEPJ Photovoltaics
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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solar cells
Energy conversion
Conversion efficiency
renewable energy
energy conversion efficiency
footprints
energy sources
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degrees of freedom
costs
Costs
life (durability)
optimization
electronics
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energy

Keywords

  • Device simulation
  • Multi-scale modelling
  • Nano structures
  • Semiconductors
  • Solar cells
  • Third generation photovoltaics

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In: EPJ Photovoltaics, Vol. 9, 10, 01.01.2018.

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