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Thin film


Technology Description

A thin-film solar cell is a second generation solar cell that is made by depositing one or more thin layers, or thin film (TF) of photovoltaic material on a substrate, such as glass, plastic or metal. Commercial TF technologies include a range of absorber semi-conductor material systems: hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H), cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper-iridium-(gallium)-(di)-selenide (CIS-CIGS). R&D efforts led to the emergence of low-cost TF technologies, avoiding rare materials. Examples for these emerging TF technologies are copper zinc tin sulphide cells, Perovskite cells and organic solar cells.

Relevance for Net Zero

Alternative PV technologies could be more competitive/performant.

Key Countries

Germany, Japan, United States

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