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polycrystalline silicon sheets for solar cells by the improved spinning methodCost reduction of silicon materials in the photovoltaic program of materials was examined. The current process of producing silicon sheets is based entirely on the conventional Czochralski ingot growth and wafering used in the semiconductor industry. The current technology cannot meet the cost reduction demands for producing low cost silicon sheets. Alternative sheet production processes such as unconventional crystallization are needed. The production of polycrystalline silicon sheets by unconventional ingot technology is the casting technique. Though large grain sheets were obtained by this technique, silicon ribbon growth overcomes deficiencies of the casting process by obtaining the sheet directly from the melt. The need to solve difficulties of growth stability and impurity effects are examined. The direct formation process of polycrystalline silicon sheets with large grain size, smooth surface, and sharp edges from the melt with a high growth rate which will yield low cost silicon sheets for solar cells and the photovoltaic characteristics associated with this type of sheet to include an EBIC study of the grain boundaries are described.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Maeda, Y.
(Horton (James) Arcadia, CA, United States)
Yokoyama, T.
(Horton (James) Arcadia, CA, United States)
Hide, I.
(Horton (James) Arcadia, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 15, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: JPL Proc. of the Flat-Plate Solar Array Proj. Res. Forum on the High-Speed Growth and Characterization of Crystals for Solar Cells
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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