Technical progress in high-efficiency solar cells and modules

Published: March 31, 2017

By Rulong Chen, Xi Xi, Jie Zhou, TingTing Yan & Qi Qiao, Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd

This paper focuses on the technical progress of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, specifically with regard to passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) processes, module description and light induced degradation (LID) data. Through appropriate optimizations of the solar cell and module processes, the cell efficiency achieved in mass production is 21.3%, with module power exceeding 300W. To solve the LID problem, hydrogenation technology developed by UNSW is used, bringing the cell LID rate down to below 1%.

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