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see "photovoltaic/photovoltaic cell", 3.1.43a)

The following terms are used to describe the structure of PV cells and materials

a) CIS photovoltaic cell

PV cell fabricated of copper indium diselenide (CuInSe2, abbreviation CIS) material as a main constituent (thin film type)

b) compound semiconductor photovoltaic cell

PV cell made of compound semiconductor, which consists of different chemical elements, such as GaAs (III-V compounds), CdS/CdTe (II-VI compounds), CdS/CuInSe2, etc

c) concentrator photovoltaic cell

see "concentrator photovoltaic cell", 3.8.5a)

d) dye-sensitized photovoltaic cell

photoelectrochemical device using dye molecules with two electrodes and an electrolyte

e) integrated type photovoltaic cell

multiple PV cells connected in series produced on a single substrate that appears like a single cell

NOTE 1 Integrated type PV cells may include stacked or side-by-side configurations

f) multijunction photovoltaic cell

see "cell/stacked photovoltaic cell", 3.1.9k)

g) organic photovoltaic cell

PV cell fabricated of organic materials being polymers and/or small molecules (thin film type)

h) PN junction photovoltaic cell

PV cell using a PN junction

NOTE 2 See also "PN junction", 3.1.34f)

i) Schottky barrier photovoltaic cell

PV cell using a Schottky junction formed at the metal-semiconductor interface

j) silicon photovoltaic cell

PV cell fabricated of silicon material as a main constituent

k) stacked photovoltaic cell

PV cell consisting of layers of different PV cells having different optical properties in which incident light is absorbed by each cell layer

l) tandem photovoltaic cell

common name for a stack of two or more PV cells behind each other

m) thin film photovoltaic cell

PV cell made of thin layers of semiconductor material

NOTE 3 See also "silicon/polycrystalline silicon", 3.1.58e).


TC/SC:82Terms     Info     Publications
Published in:IEC 61836, ed. 2.0 (2007-12) Terms     Info
Reference number:3.1.9

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