Title

Improving solar cell efficiency using photonic band-gap materials

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-15-2007

Abstract

The potential of using photonic crystal structures for realizing highly efficient and reliable solar-cell devices is presented. We show that due their ability to modify the spectral and angular characteristics of thermal radiation, photonic crystals emerge as one of the leading candidates for frequency- and angular-selective radiating elements in thermophotovoltaic devices. We show that employing photonic crystal-based angle- and frequency-selective absorbers facilitates a strong enhancement of the conversion efficiency of solar cell devices without using concentrators. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells

First Page

1599

Last Page

1610

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