Category Materials Challenges

Introduction and Techno-economic Background

STUART J. C. IRVINE*a AND CHIARA CANDELISEb

aCentre for Solar Energy Research, OpTIC, Glyndwr University, St Asaph Business Park, St Asaph LL17 0JD, UK; bImperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT), Imperial College London, 14 Princes Gardens, London SW7 1NA, UK *E-mail: s. irvine@glyndwr. ac. uk

1.1 Potential for PV Energy Generation as Part of a Renewable Energy Mix

Climate change became one of the major drivers for changing the balance of energy generation and supply in the latter part of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century...

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Materials Challenges

Inorganic Photovoltaic Solar Energy

This book provides an up-to-date account of exciting developments in thin film inorganic photovoltaic (PV) solar energy. For many years the thin film PV market was led by amorphous silicon and showed the potential for thin film products on glass substrates. This has grown rapidly over the past 10 years with new thin film PV materials going to large volume manufacture such as the polycrystalline thin film PV materials, cadmium telluride and copper indium diselenide. Amorphous silicon has also undergone a transformation with more stable and more efficient multi-junction cells.

The book is very timely because thin film PV is established in the market for large-scale solar energy production but is still small, and arguably in its infancy, compared with the p...

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