As part of the growing sustainable and renewable energy movement, the design, manufacture and use of photovoltaic devices is increasing in pace and frequency. The Handbook of Photovoltaics will be a 'benchmark' publication for those involved in the design, manufacture and use of these devices.

The Handbook covers the principles of solar cell function, the raw materials, photovoltaic systems, standards, calibration, testing, economics and case studies.

The editors have assembled a cast of internationally-respected contributors from industry and academia.

The report is essential reading for: Physicists, electronic engineers, designers of systems, installers, architects, policy-makers relating to photovoltaics.

Key Features

  • A thorough update to the 'benchmark' publication from a cast of industrial and academic international experts ensures top quality information from multiple stakeholder perspectives
  • Covers all things PV- from principles of solar cells and their raw materials, to the installation and design of full PV systems, including standards, testing, economics and environmental impacts
  • Case studies, practical examples and reports on the latest advances take the new edition of this amazing resource beyond a vast collection of knowledge, into the realm of real world applications


Physicists, electronic engineers, designers of systems, installers, architects, policy-makers relating to photovoltaics

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

List of Contributors


Chapter IA-1. Principles of Solar Cell Operation

1. Introduction

2. Electrical Characteristics

3. Optical Properties

4. Typical Solar Cell Structures

Chapter IA-2. Semiconductor Materials and Modelling

1. Introduction

2. Semiconductor Band Structure

3. Carrier Statistics in Semiconductors

4. The Transport Equations

5. Carrier Mobility

6. Carrier Generation by Optical Absorption

7. Recombination

8. Radiation Damage

9. Heavy Doping Effects

10. Properties of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon

Chapter IA-3. Ideal Efficiencies

1. Introduction

2. Thermodynamic Efficiencies

3. Efficiencies in Terms of Energies

4. Efficiencies Using the Shockley Solar Cell Equation

5. General Comments on Efficiencies

Chapter IB-1. Crystalline Silicon

1. Introduction

2. Characteristics of Silicon Wafers for Use in PV Manufacturing

3. Feedstock Silicon

4. Crystal-Preparation Methods

5. Shaping and Wafering

Chapter IB-2. High-Efficiency Silicon Solar Cell Concepts

1. Introduction

2. High-Efficiency Laboratory Cells

3. Screen-Printed Cells

4. Laser-Processed Cells

5. HIT Cell

6. Rear-Contacted Cells

7. Conclusions

Chapter IB-3. Low-Cost Industrial Technologies for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

1. Introduction

2. Cell Processing

3. Industrial Solar Cell Technologies

4. Cost of Commercial Photovoltaic Modules

Chapter IB-4. Thin Silicon Solar Cells

1. Introduction, Background, and Scope of Review

2. Light Trapping in Thin Silicon Solar Cells

3. Voltage Enhancements in Thin Silicon Solar Cells


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