A novel class of photovoltaic cascade structures is introduced which features multijunction upper subcells. These Superstructure High Efficiency Photovoltaics (SHEP's) exhibit enhanced upper subcell spectral response because of the additional junctions which serve to reduce bulk recombination losses by decreasing the mean collection distance for photogenerated minority carriers. Two possible electrical configurations were studied and compared: a three-terminal scheme that allows both subcells to be operated at their individual maximum power points and a two-terminal configuration with an intercell ohmic contact for series interconnection. The three-terminal devices were found to be superior both in terms of Beginning-of-Life efficiency and radiation tolerance. Realistic simulations of three-terminal AlGaAs/GaAs SHEP's show that one sun AMO efficiencies in excess of 26% are possible.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||NASA Conference Publication|
|State||Published - 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aerospace Engineering