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Experimental study of variations of the solar spectrum of relevance to thin film solar cells

Gottschalg, R. and Betts, T.R. and Infield, D.G. and Kearney, M.J. (2005) Experimental study of variations of the solar spectrum of relevance to thin film solar cells. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 85 (3). pp. 415-428. ISSN 0927-0248

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Abstract

We present the results of an experimental investigation into the effects of spectral variations in a maritime climate on the performance parameters of single and double junction amorphous silicon solar cells. Such considerations are important for accurate modelling of system performance. It is shown that one can distinguish between two effects: a primary effect that results from variations in the total irradiance in the spectrally useful range of the device, and a secondary (mismatch) effect observed in double junction devices that is related to details of device structure. Results showing the impact on the short-circuit current, the current at the maximum-power-point, the fill factor and the overall efficiency are discussed.