GaSb-Based Solar Cells for Full Solar Spectrum Energy Harvesting

Matthew P. Lumb*, Shawn Mack, Kenneth J. Schmieder, María González, Mitchell F. Bennett, David Scheiman, Matthew Meitl, Brent Fisher, Scott Burroughs, Kyu Tae Lee, John A. Rogers, Robert J. Walters

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Abstract

In this work, a multijunction solar cell is developed on a GaSb substrate that can efficiently convert the long-wavelength photons typically lost in a multijunction solar cell into electricity. A combination of modeling and experimental device development is used to optimize the performance of a dual junction GaSb/InGaAsSb concentrator solar cell. Using transfer printing, a commercially available GaAs-based triple junction cell is stacked mechanically with the GaSb-based materials to create a four-terminal, five junction cell with a spectral response range covering the region containing >99% of the available direct-beam power from the Sun reaching the surface of the Earth. The cell is assembled in a mini-module with a geometric concentration ratio of 744 suns on a two-axis tracking system and demonstrated a combined module efficiency of 41.2%, measured outdoors in Durham, NC. Taking into account the measured transmission of the optics gives an implied cell efficiency of 44.5%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1700345
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Volume7
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 25 2017

Keywords

  • GaSb
  • multijunction
  • solar cells
  • transfer-printing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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    Lumb, M. P., Mack, S., Schmieder, K. J., González, M., Bennett, M. F., Scheiman, D., Meitl, M., Fisher, B., Burroughs, S., Lee, K. T., Rogers, J. A., & Walters, R. J. (2017). GaSb-Based Solar Cells for Full Solar Spectrum Energy Harvesting. Advanced Energy Materials, 7(20), [1700345]. https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201700345