Modulated surface-textured substrates with high haze for thin-film silicon solar cells

O Isabella, P- Liu, B Bolman, J Krc, M Zeman

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Modulated surface-textured substrates for thin-film silicon solar cells exhibiting high haze in a broad range of wavelengths were fabricated. Glass substrates coated with different thicknesses of a sacrificial layer were wet-etched allowing the manipulation of the surface morphology with surface roughness ranging from 200 nm up to 1000 nm. Subsequently, zinc-oxide layers were sputtered and then wet-etched constituting the final modulated textures. The morphological analysis of the substrates demonstrated the surface modulation, and the optical analysis revealed broad angle intensity distributions and high hazes. A small anti-reflective effect with respect to untreated glass was found for etched glass samples. The performance of solar cells on high-haze substrates was evaluated. The solar cells outperformed the reference cell fabricated on a randomly-textured zinc-oxide-coated flat glass. The trend in the efficiency resembled the increased surface roughness and the anti-reflective effect was confirmed also in solar cell devices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMRS Proceedings 2011, vol. 1321
EditorsB Yan, S Higashi, CC Tsai, Q Wang, H Gleskova
Place of PublicationWarrendale, PA, U.S.A.
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 MRS Spring Meeting - Warrendale, PA, U.S.A.
Duration: 25 Apr 201129 Apr 2011

Publication series

PublisherMaterials Research Society 2011


Conference2011 MRS Spring Meeting


  • conference contrib. refereed
  • Conf.proc. > 3 pag

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