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Thermodynamics of photovoltaic energy conversion

Markvart, T. (2004) Thermodynamics of photovoltaic energy conversion At International Workshop on Teaching in Photovoltaics ’04. 22 - 23 Apr 2004. , pp. 65-68.

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This paper discusses the various attempts to obtain the efficiencies of ideal solar cell by thermodynamic methods. The different methods that are discussed include the Landsberg efficiency which is obtainable from a simple model depicting the solar cell as a heat engine. The Shockley-Queisser detailed balance methods is also outlined briefly. We show that the Shockley solar cell equation implies different types of losses (reversible and irreversible) in different parts of the I-V characteristic. The application of thermodynamics to photovoltaic energy conversion includes also the open circuit voltage which is copared with experiment.

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Published date: 2004
Additional Information: IWTPV’04
Venue - Dates: International Workshop on Teaching in Photovoltaics ’04, 2004-04-22 - 2004-04-23
Keywords: solar cells, photovoltaics, efficiency, thermodynamics


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Date deposited: 30 Mar 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:20

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