CONTENTS

 

Synopsis:                                                                                      i 

 

Chapters 1: Introduction                                                                 1

  1. Double the Efficiency, Double the Power, Reduce the Cost
  2. The Arguments for Solar Electric Power
  3. Overview

 

Chapter 2: Electric Power Generation and Distribution                        8 

a.    Hubbert’s Peak and Oil & Gas reserves in US

b.    Electric Power Production – Oil, Gas, Coal, Nuclear, Hydroelectric

c.     Daily and Seasonal Load Profiles and Potential Solar Market Size

d.    Distributed Power Reduces Electric Power Grid Vulnerability to Terrorism

e.    Cost Targets Today and Tomorrow

 

Chapter 3: Solar Energy and Solar Cell Efficiencies                             17

a.  Engineer’s perspective – Power, Intensity, and energy

  1. Physicist’ perspective – rainbows, the solar spectrum, cell efficiency, and multicolor solar cells
  2. Cell and Module Efficiencies and Power Ratings

 

Chapter 4: Solar Cells, Single Crystal Semiconductors,

and High Efficiency                                                       25

  1. Electrons in atoms as waves and the periodic table of the elements
  2. Semiconductors as crystals
  3. Junctions and diodes
  4. Solar cell band diagrams and power curves
  5. High efficiency and multijunction solar cells
  6. Types of solar cells and cost trades
  7. The importance of single crystals

 

Chapter 5: The commercial solar cell today                                       41

  1. Silicon single crystal cells down from space
  2. The solar cell module
  3. Solar cell and module production processes 
  4. Applications
  5. Preview of coming attractions

 

Chapter 6: Solar concentrators and

high power density solar cells                                       53

a.    Solar photovoltaic (PV) concentrator systems today

b.    Durability, performance improvements, and cost

c.     Today’s realities and markets and the lower cost 2X mirror module 

d.    Tomorrow’s lower cost higher efficiency solar concentrators

e.    Residential complete energy systems

 

Chapter 7: The 35% efficient solar cell                                     64

  1. History of multijunction or multicolor solar cells
  2. Epitaxy and monolithic multijunction cells
  3. New infrared sensitive GaSb cell and the 35% efficient GaAs/GaSb stacked cell
  4. Different designs for different applications
  5. NREL confirms a 35% efficiency for the InGaP/GaAs/Ge cell

 

Chapter 8: Infrared solar cells and

combined solar lighting and electricity for buildings         80     

a.    Concept of concentrated and piped sunlight for indoor illumination

b.    Oak Ridge National Lab coalition 

c.     ORNL Concept and Economic Potential

d.    ORNL demonstration prototype

e.    Infrared PV array prototype

 

Chapter 9: ThermoPhotoVoltaic (TPV) Furnace-Generator

for the Home Using Infrared Sensitive PV Cells                88

  1. TPV Concept and Midnight Sun™ TPV Heating Stove
  2. New Efficient Cylindrical TPV Generator Design and Development
  3. Fuel savings, Energy efficiency, and Potential system cost
  4. Potential GaSb cell and circuit costs

 

Chapter 10: Cost of solar electricity today and tomorrow           97

a.    Cost of solar electricity today

b.    Path from innovation to high-volume commercial production

c.     Cost of solar electricity tomorrow

d.    The importance of higher efficiency for future cost reduction

 

Chapter 11: Conclusions –

The investment problem and top down commitment                  105

a.    Renewable energy can be viable

b.    There is an energy problem today

c.     Private industry will not and can not do it alone

d.    We need top level real commitment

 

Bibliography                                                                         109

 

Appendix: Key Article Reprints

 

1.    C. A. Campbell and J. H. Laherrere, “The End of Cheap Oil”, Scientific American, March p. 78 (1998).

 

2.    Lewis Fraas and R. C. Knechtli, “Design of High Efficiency Monolithic Stacked Multijunction Solar Cells”, 13th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference,  p. 886 (1978).

 

3.    Lewis Fraas, James Avery, James Gee, Keith Emery, et. al., “Over 35% Efficient GaAs/GaSb Stacked Concentrator Cell Assemblies for Terrestrial Applications”, 21st IEEE PV Specialist Conference, p. 190 (1990).

 

4.    R. R. King et al, “Lattice Matched and Metamorphic InGaP/GaInAs/Ge Concentrator Solar Cells” (Independent confirmation of 35% efficient solar cell proposed in 1978), 3rd World Conference of PV Energy Conversion (2003).