Development of kesterite Cu 2ZnSn(S 1-x, Se x) 4 (CZTSS)-based thin film solar cells with in and ga free absorber materials

Seung Wook Shin, Jun Hee Han, Myeng Gil Gang, Jae Ho Yun, Jeong Yong Lee, Jin Hyeok Kim

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Abstract

Chalcogenide-based semiconductors, such as CuInSe 2, CuGaSe 2, Cu(In, Ga)Se 2 (CIGS), and CdTe have attracted considerable interest as efficient materials in thin film solar cells (TFSCs). Currently, CIGS and CdTe TFSCs have demonstrated the highest power conversion efficiency (PCE) of over 11% in module production. However, commercialized CIGS and CdTe TFSCs have some limitations due to the scarcity of In, Ga, and Te and the environmental issues associated with Cd and Se. Recently, kesterite CZTS, which is one of the In- and Ga- free absorber materials, has been attracted considerable attention as a new candidate for use as an absorber material in thin film solar cells. The CZTS-based absorber material has outstanding characteristics such as band gap energy of 1.0 eV to 1.5 eV, high absorption coefficient on the order of 10 4 cm -1, and high theoretical conversion efficiency of 32.2% in thin film solar cells. Despite these promising characteristics, research into CZTSbased thin film solar cells is still incomprehensive and related reports are quite few compared to those for CIGS thin film solar cells, which show high efficiency of over 20%. The recent development of kesterite-based CZTS thin film solar cells is summarized in this work. The new challenges for enhanced performance in CZTS thin films are examined and prospective issues are addressed as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-273
Number of pages15
JournalKorean Journal of Materials Research
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

Keywords

  • Absorber materials
  • Abuntant and non-toxic materials
  • Cost effiective materials
  • Cu ZnSn(S - , Se ) (CZTS)
  • Thin film solar cells

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