Fall 2010 IAB
September 15 to 17

Dr. Zhiyong Fan

Nanopillar-based Solar Cell

Three dimensional nanopillar array photovoltaics on low-cost and flexible substrates.

Solar energy represents one of the most abundant and yet least harvested source of renewable energy. We report a PV structure that incorporates 3D, single crystalline n-CdS nanopillars, embedded in poly-crystalline thin films of p-CdTe, to enable high absorption of light and efficient collection of the carriers. Through experiments and modeling, we demonstrate the potency of this approach for enabling highly versatile solar modules on both rigid and flexible substrates with enhanced carrier collection efficiency arising from the geometric configuration of the NPLs.