More than 100 GW of photovoltaic modules were installed worldwide in 2018. Of all these modules, roughly 95% were based on crystalline-silicon technology. In fact, crystalline-silicon has been the dominating solar cell technology for many decades and is expected to remain so in the next decade. Although the silicon photovoltaic industry can be considered as a mature industry by now, there is still an enormous potential for further cost reduction and further improvement of the technology. Hence, R&D in silicon photovoltaics is blooming as never before and many R&D challenges still remain which are being tackled by thousands of researchers worldwide.
In this workshop, the current status and the main R&D trends of crystalline silicon photovoltaics will be presented and discussed in-depth. In particular, this workshop will address many of the current “hot topics” in crystalline silicon photovoltaics research, such as passivated contacts, bifacial modules, heterojunction cells, back-contact cells, silicon-perovskite tandem cells, etc. The goal of the workshop is to contribute to the further advancement and development of silicon photovoltaics by providing a platform for researchers from both academia and industry to interact, discuss and share experiences.
|Overview of main Silicon PV technologies and trends
By Dr. Ivan Gordon (Chairman, keynote speaker)
Manager of Silicon Photovoltaics Group, IMEC, Belgium &
Editor-in-Chief – Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells – Elsevier Journal.
Development of electron and hole selective layers for dopant-free c-Si solar cells
By Dr. Hisham Nasser
Senior Research Scientist
The Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GUNAM), METU, Ankara, Turkey
|High performance semi-transparent Si-based carrier-selective passivating contacts for c-Si solar cells manufactured at different thermal budgets
By Dr Olindo Isabella
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
|Passivating contacts for silicon and perovskite solar cells
By Prof. Stefaan De Wolf
KAUST Solar Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.