Role of TCO layer on the performance of a-Si:H solar cells

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It is known that the performances of the a-Si.H solar celIs are affected by theTransparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) fil~ deposited on the glass substrate [1]. Here, wepropose to study the role of the TCO structure on the main characteristics of amorph~ussilicon solar cells.As references, we choose two different ITOs deposited by Thermal ReactiveEvaporation, showing different surface morphologies (type A and type B).These differentsurface morphologies can be obtained by changing some deposition parameters, namely thedeposition rate and the alloy concentration. Besides that, as the ITO layer is reduced ",:henexposed to a hydrogen plasma, a protective thin SiO layer is also used to prev.ent.filrnsreduction. Preliminary studies concerning the role of the SiO layer showed a sígníficantincrease (up to 17%)on the solar celIsefficiency.AlI these data will be presented towards theimplementationof the final solar cell efficiencyand stability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the eleventh European Communities Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1992


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