Numerical analysis on prospects of high efficiency CdS/CdTe thin film solar cell

Mohammad Hossein Pourdadash, Veeraiyah Thangasamy, Jacqueline Lukose, Mohammadreza Aghaei, Ajmal Hussain Shah

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Photovoltaic (PV) energy is one of the significant renewable energies with free and permanent resource. Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) is from group II-VI of compound polycrystalline semiconductors. The CdTe solar cell material can be produced in thinness of film; hence, it is very appropriate for thin film solar cell industry production. The main purpose of this investigation is to model and analyze a prospect structure of thin film CdTe solar cell by AMPS-1D software. In this solar cell structure, Thin Oxide (SnO2) as front contact, Cadmium Sulfide (CdS) as window layer, CdTe as absorber layer and Molybdenum (Mo) as back contact are used respectively. In this paper, the carrier concentration changes, thicknesses effects, temperature stability and effect of two buffer layers of Zinc Stannate (Zn2SnO4) and Zinc Oxide (ZnO) on the CdTe solar cell output performance are investigated to obtain an optimum thin film structure of CdTe solar cell. This study aims to obtain the thickness of 1 μm for CdTe absorber layer. The conversion efficiency of the optimized structure of CdTe thin film solar cell (SnO2/CdS/CdTe/Mo) is up to 21.313% (VOC = 0.756 V, JSC = 34.282 mA/cm2 and FF = 0.822) with a thickness of 1.2 μm. Obviously, this structure is cost-efficient due to its thickness. Furthermore, temperature coefficient of the final proposed structure (ZnO, Zn2SnO4/SnO2/CdS/CdTe/Mo) is less than 0.031% /°K which shows a well stability at higher operating temperature of the proposed CdTe thin film solar cell. Therefore, this CdS/CdTe structure can be a prospect of thin film solar cell with high efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISIEA 2014 - 2014 IEEE Symposium on Industrial Electronics and Applications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479955909
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 IEEE Symposium on Industrial Electronics and Applications, ISIEA 2014 - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 28 Sep 20141 Oct 2014


Conference2014 IEEE Symposium on Industrial Electronics and Applications, ISIEA 2014
CityKota Kinabalu, Sabah


  • AMPS-1D
  • Buffer layer
  • CdS
  • CdS/CdTe Solar cells
  • CdTe
  • Conversion efficiency
  • Cost-efficient
  • Numerical analysis
  • Photovoltaic energy
  • Polycrystalline semiconductors
  • Thin film


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