Black silicon solar cells with black bus-bar strings

Rasmus Schmidt Davidsen, Peter Torben Tang, Io Mizushima, Sune Thorsteinsson, Peter Behrensdorff Poulsen, Jesper Frausig, Ornulf Nordseth, Ole Hansen

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We present the combination of black silicon texturing and blackened bus-bar strings as a potential method for obtaining all-black solar panels, while using conventional, front-contacted solar cells. Black silicon was realized by mask- less reactive ion etching resulting in total, average reflectance below 0.5% across a 156×156 mm2 silicon wafer. Four different methods to obtain blackened bus-bar strings were compared with respect to reflectance, and two of these methods (i.e., oxidized copper and etched solder) were used to fabricate functional all-black solar 9-cell panels. The black bus-bars (e.g., by oxidized copper) have a reflectance below 3% in the entire visible wavelength range. The combination of black silicon cells and blackened bus-bars results in aesthetic, all-black panels based on conventional, front-contacted solar cells without compromising efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)
Number of pages4
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-2725-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2724-8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - Oregon Convention Center, Portland, United States
Duration: 5 Jun 201610 Jun 2016
Conference number: 43


Conference2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
LocationOregon Convention Center
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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