Irradiation-induced degradation of amorphous silicon solar cells in space

A Klaver

    Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)


    Solar cells are the prime power supply for satellites in space. Space is, however, a hostile environment for electronic devices, such as solar cells: in space the devices are subjected to large temperature cycles, atomic oxygen, space dust, meteorites, and high-energy charged-particle irradiation. In this thesis we present the development of a model with which the EOL-performance of hydrogenated amorphous silicon, solar cells can be predicted for a high-radiation space mission. For this development we have performed light-soaking, electron-beam, and proton-beam irradiation experiments on Hydrogenated amorphous silicon, layers and solar cells in order to study the degradation cell performance under these conditions. Furthermore, we present a procedure for the simulation of solar-cell performance degradation and this method has been applied to our measurement results to study some aspects of the degradation in more detail.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Delft University of Technology
    • Beenakker, C.I.M., Supervisor
    • van Swaaij, R.A.C.M.M., Advisor
    Award date3 Dec 2007
    Print ISBNs978-90-9022469-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Diss. prom. aan TU Delft

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