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Solar Photovoltaic Technology Production by Tapas K. Mallick, David Benson, Senthilarasu Sundaram

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Chapter 2

Overview of the PV Industry and Different Technologies

Abstract

The photovoltaic (PV) industry is a fast growing industry with annual growth rate of 44%. The PV module production has also increased to meet the current market. China and Taiwan have increased their PV installation compared to European countries. Si-wafer based PV technology accounted for about 92% of the total production in 2014. This chapter is exploring different types of PV technologies and their working principles with different materials used in the device architecture.

Keywords

PV technologies; Silicon; Thin film; Third generation solar cells; CPV

Abbreviations

a-Si amorphous silicon

ARC antireflection coating

BAPV building applied photovoltaics

BHJ bulk-heterojunction ...

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