A Review On Light Trapping Capacities of Different Photovoltaic Cells

Nayanjyoti Deka, Papul Changmai


As human beings mostly depend on fossil fuels for all of their daily energy usages. But due to the exponential increase in the graph of the price of the fossil fuels, as well as the gradually decreasing graph of their availability on a large scale, makes the people to divert their attention towards a new source of  sustainable energy which could fulfil their daily energy needs reliably, efficiently as well as cost-effectively. Among all renewable sources, the solar energy is an energy source whose availability is free and in an enormous amount; but the main thing is that steps should be undertaken in order to harness the solar energy properly. The following contents in the paper are based on the ways that how solar energy could be harnessed profitably.


Light Absorption, Solar Efficiency, Amorphous silicon, Light trapping.

Full Text:



K. Fotis, Modeling and simulation of a Dual-Junction CIGS solar cell using Silvaco ATLAS, Master’s Thesis, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, Dec. 2012. Retrieved from https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a574282.pdf

S. Sharma, K. K. Jain and A. Sharma, “Solar Cells: In Research and Applications - A Reviewâ€, Materials Sciences and Applications, Vol. 6, Issue 12, 2015, 1145-1155. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/msa.2015.612113

A. M. Bagher, “Comparison of organic solar cells and inorganic solar cellsâ€, International Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Vol. 3, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.53-58. Rtrieved from https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6b7e/974a3954093be6456189b879d325a3651ffa.pdf

S. L. Arora, “Chapter 14 - Semiconductor devices and digital circuitsâ€, in New Simplified Physics: A Reference Book for Class 12, Volume II, Dhanpat Rai & Co. 2016 Edition

J. Gjessing, Photonic crystals for light trapping in solar cells, Ph.D Thesis, University of Oslo, Norway, Oct. 2011. Retrieved from https://www.osti.gov/etdeweb/servlets/purl/21573466

“Pros and Cons of Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline solar panelsâ€, www.solarreviews.com [Online]. Available: https://www.solarreviews.com/blog/pros-and-cons-of-monocrystalline-vs-polycrystalline-solar-panels (Accessed: 11 Feb. 2017)

Y. Chu and P. Meisen, “Review and comparison of different solar energy technologiesâ€, Technical Report, Global Energy Network Institute (GENI), San Diego, CA, Aug. 2011. Retrieved from https://www.geni.org/globalenergy/research/review-and-comparison-of-solar-technologies/Review-and-Comparison-of-Different-Solar-Technologies.pdf

S. O. Kasap, Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices, 3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill, NY, 2006.

K. L. Chopra, “Thin Film Solar Cells: A Status Review, Thin Film Laboratory, IIT Delhi & Microscience Laboratory, IIT Kharagpur. [Online]. Available: http://www2.kfupm.edu.sa/cent/img/kfupm-tfsc-dec20.pdf

L. Bas. “Thin Film vs. Crystalline Silicon PV Modulesâ€, CivicSolar, Inc., 2010. [Online]. Available: https://www.civicsolar.com/support/installer/articles/thin-film-vs-crystalline-silicon-pv-modules (Accessed: 11 Jan. 2017)

A. M. Bagher, M. M. A.Vahid and M. Mohsen, “Types of Solar Cells and Applicationâ€, American Journal of Optics and Photonics, Vol. 3, Issue 5, 2015, pp. 94-113. Retrieved from http://barghnews.com/files/fa/news/1397/10/27/72825_110.pdf

P. N. Ciesielski, F. M. Hijazi, A. M. Scott, C. J. Faulkner, L. Beard, K. Emmett, S. J. Rosenthal, D. Cliffel and G. K. Jennings, “Photosystem I - Based biohybrid photoelectrochemical cellsâ€, Bioresource Technology, Vol. 101, Issue 9, 2010, pp. 3047-3053. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2009.12.045

O. Yehezkeli, R. Tel-Vered, J. Wasserman, A. Trifonov, D. Michaeli, R. Nechushtai and I. Willner, “Integrated photosystem II-based photo-bioelectrochemical cellsâ€, Nature communications, Vol. 3, Article No. 742, March 2012. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms1741

K. Molter, “Lecture 3: Types of Solar Cells (experiment)- 3 generationsâ€, Class lecture material, Clemson Summer School, fh trier, Trier University of Applied Sciences, Retrieved from http://www.cie.unam.mx/lifycs/ITaller2011/PV-Tutorial2011/Lecture3-AH.pdf

“Surface plasmon resonanceâ€, Wikipedia. [Online]. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surface_plasmon_resonance (Accessed: 12 Jan. 2017)

M. C. Scharber and N. S. Sariciftci, “Efficiency of bulk-heterojunction organic solar cellsâ€, Progress in Polymer Science, Vol. 38, Issue 12, 2013, pp.1929-1940. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2013.05.001

A collection of resources for the photovoltaic educator, [Online]. Available: www.pveducation.org (Accessed: 12 Jan. 2017)

Website of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). [Online]. Available: www.nrel.com (Accessed: 10 Dec. 2010)

S. Mekhilef, R. Saidur and M. Kamalisarvestani, “Effect of dust, humidity and air velocity on efficiency of photovoltaic cellsâ€, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 16, Issue 5, 2012, pp. 2920-2925.

“Thin-film solar cellâ€, Wikipedia. [Online]. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin-film_solar_cell (Accessed: 12 Jan. 2017)

M. A. Green, “The Future of Thin Film Solar Cellsâ€, Proc. of ISES World Congress 2007 (Vol. I-Vol. V), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008, pp. 96-101. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-75997-3_14

A. Chandra, G. Anderson, S. Melkote, W. Gao, H. Haitjema and K. Wegener, “Role of surfaces and interfaces in solar cell manufacturingâ€, CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 63, Issue 2, 2014, pp. 797-819. Retrieved from https://www.icvr.ethz.ch/ConfiguratorJM/publications/Role_of_su_142199966557759/2014_63_2_0797_S_final.pdf

B. D. Sharma, “Performance of Solar Power Plants in Indiaâ€, Technical Report, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, New Delhi, India, Feb. 2011. Retrieved from http://www.cercind.gov.in/2011/Whats-New/PERFORMANCE%20OF%20SOLAR%20POWER%20PLANTS.pdf


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2019 Author and Journal (AJEEE)

Call for Paper for the upcoming issue

The journal welcomes publications of high-quality research papers, review papers, white papers, conference papers, etc. on theoretical developments and practical applications in the domain of Electrical and Electronics and its allied sciences.

Authors are solicited to contribute to the journal by submitting articles that illustrate original research works, short communications and review articles in the thrust areas of the journal as mentioned in the About page.

Submission and Template:

  • The downloadable Template and the Online submission link are available on the PAPER SUBMISSION page

ADBU Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (AJEEE) - ISSN: 2582-0257 is an International peer-reviewed Open-Access Online journal in English language that publishes scientific articles which contribute new novel experimentation and theoretical work in all areas of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and its applications.

* The views, interpretations and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the author(s) and should not be considered to reflect opinions of the Editorial Board of this journal- AJEEE.

Creative Commons License

© All Rights Reserved by Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, ADBU, Assam (India).