Nature-inspired spherical silicon solar cell for three-dimensional light harvesting, improved dust and thermal management

Abstract
Unconventional techniques to benefit from the low-cost and high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells can lead to new device capabilities and engineering prospects. Here, a nature-inspired spherical solar cell is demonstrated, which is capable of capturing light three-dimensionally. The proposed cell architecture is based on monocrystalline silicon and is fabricated using a corrugation technique. The spherical cell shows an increase in power output by up to 101% with respect to a traditional flat cell with the same projection area using different reflective materials. Finally, the spherical cell shows advantages in terms of enhanced heat dissipation and reduced dust accumulation over conventional cells.

Citation
El-Atab, N., Qaiser, N., Babatain, W., Bahabry, R., Shamsuddin, R., & Hussain, M. M. (2020). Nature-inspired spherical silicon solar cell for three-dimensional light harvesting, improved dust and thermal management. MRS Communications, 10(3), 391–397. doi:10.1557/mrc.2020.44

Acknowledgements
This publication is based upon work supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Publisher
Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Journal
MRS Communications

DOI
10.1557/mrc.2020.44

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