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Sunday, September 16, 2018

#392 Silicon rules photovoltaics

In reference to the previous entry... Vast majority of solar cells is manufactured using silicon (in the order of decreasing efficiency either single-crystal, or multicrystalline, or amorphous depending on the needs) which is on one hand by far the most common and highly manufacturable semiconductor material, and on the other features energy gap which sufficiently well matches energy spectrum of the sunlight.


All in all, silicon very well serves the needs of photovoltaic industry and we are very lucky to have this outstanding element so readily available (sand!).

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