Cost analysis of two silicon heterojunction solar cell designs

A. Louwen, W.G.J.H.M. van Sark, R.E.I. Schropp, W.C. Turkenburg, A.P.C. Faaij

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Research and Development of Silicon Heterojunction (SHJ) solar cells has seen a marked increase since the recent expiry of core patents describing SHJ technology. This paper investigates the production costs associated with two different SHJ cell designs investigated within the FLASH programme, a Dutch research programme focusing on SHJ solar cells. We performed life cycle costing and common economic analysis to quantify the production costs (€/W p). One of the aims of the research programme is to decrease production cost by substituting expensive materials and processing steps. We found the analyzed designs to have slightly different production costs: 0.35€/Wp for a 'standard' SHJ cell, compared to 0.34€/Wp for a new SHJ cell design in which the indium-tin-oxide TCO is replaced with abundant materials. Sensitivity analysis showed the results to be especially sensitive to changes in wafer (and thus silicon) prices. Further research will be conducted for other SHJ cell designs developed in the FLASH programme.

Originele taal-2Engels
TitelProceedings of the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 16-21 June 2013, Tampa, Florida
Plaats van productiePiscataway
UitgeverijInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Aantal pagina's5
ISBN van geprinte versie978-1-4799-3299-3
StatusGepubliceerd - 2013
Evenement39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 2013) - Tampa Convention Center , Tampa, Verenigde Staten van Amerika
Duur: 16 jun 201321 jun 2013
Congresnummer: 39


Congres39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 2013)
Verkorte titelPVSC 2013
Land/RegioVerenigde Staten van Amerika
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