Low-cost rear side floating junction solar-cell issues on mc-Si

S. De Wolf*, F. Duerinckx, G. Agostinelli, G. Beaucarne

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Rear side floating junction solar cells with localised contacts often show parasitic shunting losses. For p-type material, this is due to tunnelling that takes places between the passivating n+-type rear junction and the p+-type back surface field region underneath localised rear contacts. To avoid this, the rear metallisation and the passivation layer should electronically be separated. Alternatively, the (induced) doping concentration of these layers could be optimised. This paper discusses the constraints met upon incorporation of such lowly recombinative structures into a low-cost solar cell process on multi-crystalline Si (mc-Si) material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3431-3437
Number of pages7
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Issue number18-19
StatePublished - Nov 23 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The funding of parts of this work by the EC in the frame of, respectively, the Advocate (contract no.: ENK6-CT2001-00562) and Fantasi (contract no.: ENK6-CT2001-00561) projects is gratefully acknowledged.


  • Screenprinting
  • Surface passivation
  • Thin silicon wafers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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