Advances in Photovoltaics: Part 1

Advances in Photovoltaics: Part 1

1st Edition - October 3, 2012

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  • Editors: Gerhard Willeke, Eicke Weber
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123884206

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Semiconductors and Semimetals has distinguished itself through the careful selection of well-known authors, editors, and contributors. Originally widely known as the "Willardson and Beer" Series, it has succeeded in publishing numerous landmark volumes and chapters. The series publishes timely, highly relevant volumes intended for long-term impact and reflecting the truly interdisciplinary nature of the field. The volumes in Semiconductors and Semimetals have been and will continue to be of great interest to physicists, chemists, materials scientists, and device engineers in academia, scientific laboratories and modern industry.

Key Features

  • The series publishes timely, highly relevant volumes intended for long-term impact and reflecting the truly interdisciplinary nature of the field


Physicists, solid state scientists, device engineers, semiconductor researchers, materials scientists and industrial practitioners

Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents

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    Series Editors


    Chapter One Foreword

    Chapter Two Introduction

    Chapter Three On The History of Terrestrial PV Development

    1 Introduction

    2 Phase 1 (1975–1984): Germany Plays Its Role

    3 Phase 2 (1985–1994): Consolidation and Take-Off

    4 Phase 3 (1995–2008): Enter Japan and a Big Chase

    5 Phase 4 (2009–2012): Enter China, PV Breaks Through

    6 The Solar Cell is Not Everything

    7 Summary

    Chapter Four Overview of Photovoltaic Production, Markets, and Perspectives

    1 Introduction and Chapter Methodology

    2 Overview of Supply and Demand in Relationship to the PV Industry

    3 Shipments by Region, Technology, and Capacity (1997–2011)

    4 Global Markets for PV Technologies

    Chapter Five PV Learning Curves and Cost Dynamics

    1 Introduction

    2 Experience Curves and Learning in PV Technology

    3 A Look at the Drivers Behind the Learning Curve

    4 Historical Assessment of Important Developments in PV

    5 Development of a Cost Model for Emerging Types of PV

    6 Informing Policy and Investment Decisions Related to the Future of PV

    Chapter Six Photovoltaic Material Resources

    1 Introduction

    2 Photovoltaic Market Projections

    3 Material Availability and Cost

    4 Maximum Yield from Cu Anode Slimes

    5 Material Requirements and Allowable Costs

    6 Discussion

    7 Summary and Conclusions

    Chapter Seven Crystalline Silicon Feedstock Preparation and Analysis

    1 Introduction

    2 Production Pathways of Solar Silicon Feedstock

    3 Purification of MG-Si

    4 Successful HVM Technologies

    5 Accommodation to PV Requirements

    6 Analytical Methods of Polysilicon and Their Standardization


    Contents of Volumes in this Series

Product details

  • No. of pages: 298
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: October 3, 2012
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123884206

About the Serial Volume Editors

Gerhard Willeke

Gerhard Willeke
Gerhard Philipp Willeke was born in Dortmund, Germany, in 1954 as a German National.

He received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Dortmund, Germany, in 1979, and the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Dundee, Scotland in 1983.

From 1984 to 1989 he was with the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center, IMEC, Leuven, Belgium, where he worked on amorphous and crystalline silicon solar cell technologies as a Project Leader. From 1989 to 1999 he was a Research Assistant and Group Leader in the faculty of physics of the University of Konstanz, Germany, where he currently is a part-time Professor in experimental physics.

Since 1999 he is with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Ger-ma¬ny, where he was head of the solar cell department between 2000 and 2006. Between 2007 and 2010 he was heading the newly founded Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics in Halle (Saale), a joint activity between the Fraunhofer Institutes for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Mechanics of Materials IWM. Since 2010 he is Manager Photovoltaics in the board of directors of Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg.

Gerhard Willeke has authored/co-authored 240 scientific/technical publications. He is member of the editorial board of the international journal ‚Progress in Photovoltaics‘. He served for many years as a member of the scientific/executive committee of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition where he became conference general chairman of the 22nd EUPVSEC in Milano, Italy in 2007. Since 2010 Gerhard is ‘Institution Board Director’ of the International Solar Energy Society ISES and Chairman Photovoltaics of the Intersolar Europe Conference in Munich, Germany.

Gerhard Willeke is married since 1982 and has one son (born in 1983 in Dundee, Scotland) and two daughters (born in 1985 in Leuven, Belgium).

Affiliations and Expertise

Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE, Freiburg, Germany

Eicke Weber

Affiliations and Expertise

Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE, Freiburg, Germany

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