Wide spectral coverage (0.7–2.2 eV) lattice-matched multijunction solar cells based on AlGaInP, AlGaAs and GaInNAsSb materials

Arto Aho, Riku Isoaho, Marianna Raappana, Timo Aho, Elina Anttola, Jari Lyytikäinen, Arttu Hietalahti, Ville Polojärvi, Antti Tukiainen, Jarno Reuna, Leo Peltomaa, Mircea Guina

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Abstract

We report on the progress in developing lattice-matched GaAs-based solar cells with focus on developing AlGaInP, AlGaAs, and GaInNAsSb materials, aiming at achieving a wide spectral coverage, that is, 0.7–2.2 eV. To this end, we first benchmark the performance of an upright four-junction GaInP/GaAs/GaInNAsSb/GaInNAsSb solar cells grown by molecular beam epitaxy on p-GaAs substrates with bandgaps of 1.88, 1.42, 1.17, and 0.93 eV, respectively. The four-junction cell exhibited an efficiency of ~39% at 560-sun illumination while showing good electrical performance even up to 1000 suns. As a first step to further improve the efficiency toward 50% level, we demonstrate AlGaInP (>2 eV) and GaInNAsSb (<0.8 eV) subcells. We prove that AlGaInP cells with 0.1 Al composition would exhibit current-matching condition when being incorporated in a five-junction architecture together with two GaInNAsSb bottom and AlGaAs top junctions. Furthermore, current matching required for a six-junction tandem architecture is achieved for an Al composition of 0.26. Overall, the results open a practical path toward fabrication of lattice-matched solar cells with more than four junctions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)869-875
Number of pages7
JournalProgress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • AlGaInP
  • dilute nitrides
  • molecular beam epitaxy
  • multijunction solar cells

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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