1.28 - The Intermediate Band Solar Cell

Elisa Antolín, Íñigo Ramiro, Antonio Martí, Antonio Luque

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The intermediate band solar cell is a third-generation photovoltaic device with a theoretical efficiency limit of 63.2%. Its potential relies on the capability of increasing the photogenerated current without reducing the output voltage. To realize this concept in practice, it is necessary to synthesize an intermediate band material, that is, a semiconductor with a third electronic band within the bandgap. In this article we present a review of the most important theoretical and experimental results obtained in the quest for the realization of the intermediate band solar cell.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComprehensive Renewable Energy, Second Edition
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-9
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780128197349
ISBN (Print)9780128197271
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Colloidal quantum dots
  • Deep level
  • High-efficiency solar cell
  • Impurity photovoltaics
  • Intermediate band solar cell
  • Molecular beam epitaxy
  • Mott transition
  • Photovoltaics
  • Self-assembled nanostructures
  • Semiconductor quantum dots
  • Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit
  • Shockley-read-hall recombination
  • Solar concentration
  • Stranski-Krastanov growth
  • Third-generation solar cells


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