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Oxygen-defect characterization for improving R&D relevance and Cz-Si solar cell efficiency

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By Jordi Veirman, Benoît Martel, Nicolas Enjalbert & Sébastien Dubois, CEA Tech-INES, Le Bourget du Lac, & Catherine Picoulet & Pierre Bonnard, AET Technologies, Meylan, France

Most high-efficiency solar cells are fabricated from monocrystalline Czochralski (Cz) silicon (Si) wafers because of the high quality of the material. Despite the considerable heritage from microelectronics, the Cz-Si substrate quality can still limit cell performance.

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This issue of Photovoltaics International focuses on cell technology trends, manufacturing capacity, cell efficiency, mitigating light-induced degredation, new printing techniques, progress in thin-film technology and studies of studies of multicrystalline PV modules. Finlay Colville also provides a full market analysis of cell technology trends impacting module supply in 2017.

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