Document Type

Honors Project On-Campus Access Only

Abstract

Photovoltaic (PV) technology is an important technology for energy production due to concerns about climate change and unstable fossil fuel markets. This paper first reviews current status of PV development and the potential of low cost PV deployment in developing countries through Clean Development Mechanism. Both the strengths and weakness of the CDM will be discussed. This is followed by a report of laboratory-based research on ZnO:Al thin films which are of interest as window layers for low cost thin film solar cells. Finally the possibility of using p-Si/ZnO:Al heterojunction with plasma passivated interface as inexpensive solar cells is explored.

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