The intrinsic advantages of III-V semiconductors for solar cells have been hobbled by the lack of low-cost substrates and processes, which has thus far limited market success of III-V solar cells. Here at Berkeley we are exploring a non-traditional approach which addresses these drawbacks. High optical quality polycrystalline InP films have been grown on non-epitaxial molybdenum substrates. Remarkably, these films with micron-sized grains have similar photoluminescence qualities as single- crystalline InP, and show great promise for high-efficiency, low-cost solar cells.
Project end date: 02/06/14