Electrode metallization for scaled perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells: Challenges and opportunities

Atteq Ur Rehman, Emmanuel P. Van Kerschaver, Erkan Aydin, Waseem Raja, Thomas Allen, Stefaan De Wolf

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Abstract

Monolithic perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells have the potential to reach very high power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) in a cost-effective manner. In the last decade, significant technological advancements have been made for lab-scale devices (~1 cm2), with PCEs now higher than the theoretical PCE limit of single-junction silicon solar cells. For market entry of such tandems, the involved processing steps need to be scaled to industrial wafer dimensions, typically >244 cm2, which also mandates the development of adequate electrode-metallization strategies. Here we discuss challenges and opportunities related to this, including the required properties of the front metal grid for perovskite/silicon tandems, as well as key motivations and challenges in adopting screen-printed metallization, which is the current standard for mainstream silicon solar cells. We give a cost estimation for the front metal grid by considering the cost of low-temperature metal pastes that are compatible with the thermal budget limitations imposed by the perovskite top cell. We also consider opportunities to employ alternative metallization schemes that arise from the reduction in current density in tandem solar cells compared to single-junction devices. Lastly, we discuss possible routes to replace or minimize the silver content in costly silver-based metallization for industrial applications.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProgress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 25 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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