Review of the CdCl2 treatment used in CdS/CdTe thin film solar cell development and new evidence towards improved understanding

DHARMADASA, I (2014). Review of the CdCl2 treatment used in CdS/CdTe thin film solar cell development and new evidence towards improved understanding. Coatings, 4 (2), 282-307.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/coatings4020282
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    Abstract

    Cadmium chloride treatment is a key processing step identified in the late 1970s to drastically improve the solar to electric conversion efficiency of CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells. Although a large body of experimental results are available to date, this process is yet to be understood even after three decades of research. This paper reviews the experimental results available, presents some new clues leading to improved understanding and suggests key research areas necessary to fully understand this crucial processing step. Improved understanding will lead to further increase in conversion efficiency of CdS/CdTe solar cells well beyond 20%.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Thin Films Research Centre > Electronic Materials and Sensors Research Group
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings4020282
    Page Range: 282-307
    Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
    Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 13:37
    Last Modified: 08 Oct 2018 13:28
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9078

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