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The effects of prolonged exposure to reverse bias DC electric fields and illumination as a function of temperature in hydrogenated amorphous Si (a-Si:H) photovoltaic p–i–n cells have been investigated. These are strongly affected by the well known Staebler–Wronski effect, occurring during light soaking of a-Si:H photovoltaic cells. In this work we show that the application of a reverse bias stress in presence of illumination not only slows down the solar cell ageing kinetics but even produces an improvement of the cells parameters as a function of stress time. We discuss the effect of temperature, electric field intensity and illumination level. We also show that different types of bottom contact over which the a-Si:H is grown by PECVD have a strong influence on the recovery-improvement kinetics: SnO:F (FTO) transparent conductive oxide (TCO) and molybdenum bottom contacts to the p-type a-Si:H layer are here …
Publication date: 
1 Oct 2015

Andrea Scuto, Luca Valenti, Silvio Pierro, Marina Foti, Cosimo Gerardi, Anna Battaglia, Salvatore Lombardo

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Volume: 141 Pages: 203-209
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells