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Towards sustainable photovoltaics: the search for new materials


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Peter, L. M., 2011. Towards sustainable photovoltaics: the search for new materials. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A - Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 369 (1942), pp. 1840-1856.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2010.0348

    Abstract

    The opportunities for photovoltaic (PV) solar energy conversion are reviewed in the context of projected world energy demands for the twenty-first century. Conventional single-crystal silicon solar cells are facing increasingly strong competition from thin-film solar cells based primarily on polycrystalline absorber materials, such as cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS). However, if PVs are to make a significant contribution to satisfy global energy requirements, issues of sustainability and cost will need to be addressed with increased urgency. There is a clear need to expand the range of materials and processes that is available for thin-film solar cell manufacture, placing particular emphasis on low-energy processing and sustainable non-toxic raw materials. The potential of new materials is exemplified by copper zinc tin sulphide, which is emerging as a viable alternative to the more toxic CdTe and the more expensive CIGS absorber materials.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsPeter, L. M.
    DOI10.1098/rsta.2010.0348
    Uncontrolled Keywordsthin film, electrodeposition, solar cells, photovoltaics, sustainability
    DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Chemistry
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code23530

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