Thin Film Solar Technology III

Thin Film Solar Technology III

SPIE Conference OP203
21 - 25 August 2011
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California United States


Part of program track on Solar Energy + Technology Conferences 
This conference has an open call for papers


Thin film photovoltaics (TF PV) are a compelling alternative to conventional crystalline silicon PV as they are not affected by crystalline silicon supply fluctuations, they have significantly reduced cost with low material usage, and they have the potential for further cost improvement throughout the value chain. Furthermore, TF PV can use high performing materials that are highly efficient and can have high energy output in kWh/kWp. In addition, TF PV can be applied to a variety of rigid and flexible substrates for a variety of applications, and offer superior aesthetics. Papers are solicited in the areas of:


Thin film PV absorber materials

•amorphous Si, microcrystalline Si, nanocrystalline Si, thin film poly-Si, and film crystal silicon PV
•copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS)
•cadmium telluride (CdTe)
•dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC)
•organic PV (OPV)
•novel material TF PV (e.g., CZTS).


Thin film deposition
•large area plasma processing
•linear sources (evaporation, sputtering, other)
•non-vacuum techniques
•monitoring and control.

Window and contact materials and relate

d formation
•conventional and alternative buffer layers
•transparent conductive oxides (incl. doping)
•high performance doped layers
•metal contacts.


Advanced thin film PV materials
•micro- and nano-structured TF PV materials
•nanomaterial suspension TF PV precursors
•metalorganic solution TF PV precursors
•nanotubes in TF PV.


Light management
•texturing and characterization
•light trapping
•anti-reflection layers (external and internal)
•optical modeling.


Devices and properties of TF PV (experiment and/or theory)
•novel device structures
•tandem cells
•theory/analysis of TF structures (e.g., influence of grain boundaries).


Thin film PV circuits
•circuit design, modeling, and simulation
•Scribing (laser, mechanical)
•Interconnects and grids
•PV integrated circuits (PVIC).


Thin film PV test and characterization
•microstructure characterization
•electrically active defects and impurities
•light soaking
•novel characterization techniques.


Assembly and packaging of TF PV modules
•edge deletion
•junction box attachment
•novel packaging techniques.


Deployment of TF PV cells, modules, and systems
•module design, modeling, and simulation
•system design, modeling, and simulation
•advanced manufacturing processes
•qualification and reliability testing
•standardization of PV modules
•array issues (mismatch, BOS cost, monitoring)
•energy delivery, rating, and payback time
•system performance and lifetime.


Thin film PV applications and related requirements
•thin film PV for solar farms
•thin film PV for industrial installations
•thin film PV for residential applications
•thin film PV for consumer electronic applications
•building-Integrated PV (BIPV): considerations including geometries, colors, materials, transparencies, innovations in lighting, dynamic behavior, and ease of assembly, service and replacement
•space applications
•new applications.


Refinement of existing schemes as well as new approaches and techniques are within the scope of this call.