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Advances in thin-film solar cells for lightweight space photovoltaic powerThe development of photovoltaic arrays beyond the next generation is discussed with attention given to the potentials of thin-film polycrystalline and amorphous cells. Of particular importance is the efficiency (the fraction of incident solar energy converted to electricity) and specific power (power to weight ratio). It is found that the radiation tolerance of thin-film materials is far greater than that of single crystal materials. CuInSe2 shows no degradation when exposed to 1-MeV electrons.
Document ID
19890059142
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Landis, Geoffrey A. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Bailey, Sheila G. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Flood, Dennis J. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1989
Publication Information
Publication: Space Power
Volume: 8
Issue: 1-2
ISSN: 0951-5089
Subject Category
SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Report/Patent Number
IAF PAPER ICOSP89-1-8
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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