Numerical modeling of a CdS/CdTe photovoltaic cell based on ZnTe BSF layer with optimum thickness of absorber layer

Rucksana Safa Sultana, Ali Newaz Bahar, Md. Asaduzzaman, Kawsar Ahmed, Claudio Cameselle
2017 Cogent Engineering  
High efficiency ultrathin CdTe film is an excellent candidate for reliable, efficient, stable and low cost solar cells. In this paper, a high efficiency CdS/CdTe solar cell has been studied by using ADEPT 1D simulation tool. The proposed device has been simulated with a reduced CdTe absorber layer thickness and a ZnTe layer as back surface field (BSF) which substantiates sensible energy conversion efficiency. The investigation into the simulation results showed that the conversion efficiency
more » ... rsion efficiency with BSF layer and 1 μm thick CdTe absorber is 8.24% more as compared to the conventional CdTe cells (without BSF layer). Reduction of minority carrier recombination loss due to the insertion of BSF layer at the back contact in ultrathin CdS/CdTe cells has also been investigated. The results depict that CdTe cell with BSF layer is responsible for increasing the quantum efficiency. However, the proposed structure of ZnO/CdS/CdTe/ZnTe demonstrates the highest efficiency of 24.66% (V oc = 946.51 mV, J sc = 34.40 mA/cm 2 and FF = 75.72%) under global AM1.5G illumination spectra.
doi:10.1080/23311916.2017.1318459 fatcat:waob44vh5rf45g37f6xfp4ogcu