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Nanowires for High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Solar Photovoltaics

Zhang, Y; Liu, H; (2019) Nanowires for High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Solar Photovoltaics. Crystals , 9 (2) , Article 87. 10.3390/cryst9020087. Green open access

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Abstract

Solar energy is abundant, clean, and renewable, making it an ideal energy source. Solar cells are a good option to harvest this energy. However, it is difficult to balance the cost and efficiency of traditional thin-film solar cells, whereas nanowires (NW) are far superior in making high-efficiency low-cost solar cells. Therefore, the NW solar cell has attracted great attention in recent years and is developing rapidly. Here, we review the great advantages, recent breakthroughs, novel designs, and remaining challenges of NW solar cells. Special attention is given to (but not limited to) the popular semiconductor NWs for solar cells, in particular, Si, GaAs(P), and InP.

Type: Article
Title: Nanowires for High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Solar Photovoltaics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/cryst9020087
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst9020087
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
Keywords: nanowires; photovoltaics; solar cells
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071567
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