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PERL solar cells

PERL solar cells are one of the technologies of high efficiency solar cells and it is based on bifacial solar cell concept.

Bifacial solar cells are getting more popular in the market. As a result, several equipment was developed for the production of bifacial solar cells. The bifacial cells can absorb light and generate electric energy from both surfaces which can lead to achieving up to 30 % higher yield than conventional cell technologies if suitably installed in open areas or flat roofs.

PERL cell design has two different variations that have been employed which are:

  1. Altered boron emitters (deep / shallow)
  2. Different dielectric layers for the rear side passivation

What is PERL technology?

PERL, an abbreviation for Passivated Emitter Rear Locally-diffused solar cell, combines both the advantages of PERC and PERT. Similar to the PERC cells, both the front surface as well as the rear surface of the monocrystalline cell are passivated, but the main difference is that the rear is locally diffused only at the metal contacts to minimize recombination rate while maintaining good electrical contact.

Benefits of PERL Technology

PERL Bifacial Cell Technology has many benefits:

  • Higher efficiency of the cells achieved by passivation on n-type mono material
  • Also Bifacial architecture can feature up to 30 % higher yield of energy
  • Having only one temperature step for the deposition of both phosphorus and boron deposition minimizes the stress on the wafers
  • The manufacturing process for PERL cells has low process times
  • Different configurations like transparent back-sheet or glass layer on the module rear side
  • Same ownership cost for the PERC cells

 

PERL cells have a long life expectancy based on n-type material and achieve a high efficiency of nearly 25 %. Also, if this efficiency is united with the per se bifaciality of the architecture of the cell, up to nearly 40 % higher energy efficiency can be harvested in the PV installations and achieved. Passivated emitter, rear locally diffused (PERL) cells have been fabricated on MCZ (magnetically confined Czochralski ) silicon wafers. Clearly, a simpler manufacturing process can lead to best of class return on cost.

PERL solar cells Technology development

For the n-type PERL solar cells that feature a low doped boron emitter as well as an SiO 2 passivated rear, a high open-circuit voltage (nearly 703.6 mV) can also be reached at the device level, resulting in an efficiency of conversion of 24%. Also, for the PERL solar cells that feature a high surface concentration boron emitter with a passivated rear of PECVD SiN x – which is a good step towards an industrial structure- a still high conversion efficiency of nearly 22 % can be achieved.

 

 

Reference:

sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0927024895001174

 

 

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