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Energy capture with optimized photovoltaic cells under low lighting conditions

: Rühle, K.; Reindl, L.M.; Kasemann, M.


IEEE Computer Society:
IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications, GreenCom 2012 : In conjunction with Conference on Internet of Things, and Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing; 20. - 23. November 2012, Besancon, Frankreich
New York, NY: IEEE, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4865-4
ISBN: 978-1-4673-5146-1
International Conference on Internet of Things <2012, Besancon>
Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (CPSCom) <2012, Besancon>
Fraunhofer ISE ()

The optimization of photovoltaic devices for versatile conditions is necessary to improve the energy capture for indoor applications, such as self sufficient sensors. However, the design rules of standard outdoor solar cells are not applicable for cells which are used indoors due to differing conditions from the standard testing conditions (STC). We will discuss the substantial influences on cell efficiencies and their impact on the design of photovoltaic cells with indoor applications. We show that in order to reduce losses due to recombination the influence of impurity recombination outweighs the Auger recombination. Therefore, good quality material and a reduction of the doping level are favorable. The dopant reduction implies an improvement of the saturation current density J01and is realizable because the series resistance Rs has no influence on the efficiency at indoor intensities. The crucial parameter is the shunting resistance Rshand it has to have a value of a t least 50 kcm2.