Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/95229
Type: Thesis
Title: Exploring possibilities to enhance silicon solar cell efficiency by downconversion of sunlight.
Author: Naeem, Muddassar
Issue Date: 2015
School/Discipline: School of Chemistry and Physics
Abstract: Improving the efficiency of solar cells is an active area of research in photovoltaic industry. The research work presented in this dissertation is based on a quest for better and improved silicon solar cells. The current work aims to explore different possibilities by studying advance approaches for PV applications. Additionally this work is intended to seek the feasibility of new photonic concepts for improving silicon solar cells. In this work we have investigated solar downconverters consisting of tellurite glass. Their fabrication process is discussed followed by the experimental characterization. Optical measurements such as absorption spectra, fluorescence spectra and fluorescence quantum efficiency are undertaken. These optical measurements enabled to understand physical processes associated with the materials used. Furthermore, the work presented in the thesis is focused on the realization of a downconverter. The work can be roughly sub-divided into two parts. One part identifies the suitable energy conversion materials and the second part deals with the development and demonstration of the experimental method for characterizing a downconverter. The final part of the work extends investigation for more efficient materials prior to their use at the practical level. We also propose an architectural design for the efficient use of a downconverter with a silicon solar cell.
Advisor: Munch, Jesper
Hamilton, Murray Wayne
Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Heike
Dissertation Note: Thesis (M.Phil.) -- University of Adelaide, School of Chemistry and Physics, 2015
Keywords: downconversion; solar cell; silicon
Provenance: This electronic version is made publicly available by the University of Adelaide in accordance with its open access policy for student theses. Copyright in this thesis remains with the author. This thesis may incorporate third party material which has been used by the author pursuant to Fair Dealing exceptions. If you are the owner of any included third party copyright material you wish to be removed from this electronic version, please complete the take down form located at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/legals
Appears in Collections:Research Theses

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
01front.pdf220.17 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
02whole.pdf2.9 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
PermissionsLibrary staff access only312.33 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
RestrictedLibrary staff access only2.9 MBAdobe PDFView/Open


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.