High-efficiency low-cost integral screen-printing multicrystalline silicon solar cells

J. Szlufcik*, F. Duerinckx, J. Horzel, Emmanuel Van Kerschaver, H. Dekkers, S. De Wolf, P. Choulat, C. Allebe, J. Nijs

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This paper describes how the efficiency and throughput of industrial screen-printed multi-Si solar cells can be increased far beyond the state-of-the-art production cells. Implementation of novel processes of isotropic texturing, shallow emitter or single diffusion selective emitter, combined with screen-printed metallization fired through a PECVD SiNx ARC layer, have been described. Novel dedicated fabrication equipment for emitter diffusion and a PECVD SiNx deposition system are developed and implemented thereby removing the processing bottlenecks linked to the diffusion and bulk passivation processes. Several types of back-contacted solar cells with improved visual appeal required for building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) application have been developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-163
Number of pages9
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Crystalline silicon
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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