Integration of transparent photovoltaics into the building envelope creates unique opportunities to reduce the levelized electricity cost of solar power. However, this integration warrants consideration of the angular dependence of these devices as illumination around the building envelope is rarely at normal incidence. Here we correctly update transfer-matrix and equations to accurately model the quantum efficiency and optical properties under oblique illumination. We use this model to demonstrate the various angular performance characteristics possible for proof-of-concept optimizations of transparent planar-heterojunction solar cells and discuss considerations needed to fully account for optical, electrical, and positional configurations in this optimization.
Angle dependence of transparent photovoltaics in conventional and optically inverted configurations
Margaret Young, Christopher J. Traverse, Richa Pandey, Miles C. Barr, Richard R. Lunt; Angle dependence of transparent photovoltaics in conventional and optically inverted configurations. Appl. Phys. Lett. 23 September 2013; 103 (13): 133304. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4823462
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