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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 21, Iss. S3 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: A355–A362

Large-size, high-uniformity, random silver nanowire networks as transparent electrodes for crystalline silicon wafer solar cells

Shouyi Xie, Zi Ouyang, Baohua Jia, and Min Gu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue S3, pp. A355-A362 (2013)

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Metal nanowire networks are emerging as next generation transparent electrodes for photovoltaic devices. We demonstrate the application of random silver nanowire networks as the top electrode on crystalline silicon wafer solar cells. The dependence of transmittance and sheet resistance on the surface coverage is measured. Superior optical and electrical properties are observed due to the large-size, highly-uniform nature of these networks. When applying the nanowire networks on the solar cells with an optimized two-step annealing process, we achieved as large as 19% enhancement on the energy conversion efficiency. The detailed analysis reveals that the enhancement is mainly caused by the improved electrical properties of the solar cells due to the silver nanowire networks. Our result reveals that this technology is a promising alternative transparent electrode technology for crystalline silicon wafer solar cells.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices

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Original Manuscript: January 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 22, 2013
Published: April 2, 2013

Shouyi Xie, Zi Ouyang, Baohua Jia, and Min Gu, "Large-size, high-uniformity, random silver nanowire networks as transparent electrodes for crystalline silicon wafer solar cells," Opt. Express 21, A355-A362 (2013)

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