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Monday, May 19, 2008

PVSC 33 Closing Session

[San Diego, California USA]

Including Outstanding Student Papers and Presentation Winners and Honorable mentions.
PVSC 33 has a record 1642 registrants.

Kicking off the closing session of the 33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 33) just after Noon on Friday, May 16, 2008, Conference Chair, Dr. Tim Coutts, began with a quip, thanked all the folks who helped make the conference possible, and deferred to the Student Paper Awards.

Here are the Outstanding Student Papers/Presentations recognized by PVSC 33. I’ve segmented these by Area Winners and Area Honorable mentions. The unique number (#) was assigned by PVSC 33 to identify each paper.

Paper Award Winners by Area

Area 1: Oral - Inorganic Nanostructures
Plasmon-enhanced Absorption and Photocurrent in Ultrathin GaAs Solar Cells with Metal Nanoparticle Arrays
Katsuaki Tanabe, Keisuke Nakayama, Harry A. Atwater
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA

Area 2: Oral - CdTe and CIGS Deposition
Analysis of the Dielectric Functions of CdS and CdTe for Grain Size, Strain, and Temperature: Potentialities for On-line Monitoring
Jian Li, Robert W. Collins
Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA

Area 3: Oral - Concentrator Modules, Components and Systems (I)
Spectrometric Outdoor Characterization of CPV Modules using Isotype Monitor Cells.
Gerhard Peharz, Gerald Siefer, Andreas W. Bett
Fraunhofer ISE, Freiberg, Germany

Area 4: Oral - Crystalline Silicon Surface and Bulk Passivation
Hydrogen Diffusion in Silicon from PECVD Silicon Nitride Film at High Temperature
Manav Sheoran1,2, Dong Seop Kim1, Ajeet Rohatgi1, HFW Dekkers3, Matthew Young4, Sally Asher4
1University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics Research and Education, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, 2School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, 3IMEC, Leuven, Belgium, 4National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, USA

Area 5: Oral - High Efficiency Amorphous, Nano/Microcrystalline, and Thin Film Si Solar Cells
Influence of Ion Bombardment on Microcrystalline Silicon Material Quality and Solar Cell Performance
Gregory Bugnon, Andrea Feltrin, Fanny Sculati-Meillaud, Julien Bailat, Christophe Ballif
Institute of Microtechnology (IMT), Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Area 6: Poster - Space Photovoltaics
Radiation Effects on Strain Compensated Quantum Dot Solar Cells
Cory D. Cress1, Seth M. Hubbard1, Ryne P. Raffaelle1, David M. Wilt2, Sheila G. Bailey2
1Rochester Institute of Techology, Rochester, NY, USA, 2NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, USA

Area 7: Poster - PV Modules
Sweep Time, Spectral Mismatch and Light Soaking in Thin Film Module Measurements
Johannes Kuurne1, Antti Tolvanen2, Jaakko Hyvärinen3
1Endeas Oy, Espoo, Finland, 2Endeas Oy, Espoo, Finland, 3Endeas Oy, Espoo, Finland

Paper Honorable mentions by Area

Area 1: Oral - Contacts and Novel Concepts
4.8% Efficient Poly(3-hexylthiophene)-Fullerene Derivative (1:0.8) Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Devices using Surface Modifications to the Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) Anodes through Plasma Oxidized Silver
Woo-Jun Yoon1, Paul R. Berger1,2
1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, 2Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Area 1: Oral - Inorganic/Quantum Dots
Band Structure Calculation for Quantum Dot Solar Cell using k.p Method
Som N. Dahal1, Christiana B. Honsberg2
1Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA, 2Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

Area 2: Oral - Materials and Processing
Bridgman-grown CuInSe2 with Added Na2Se and Na
Hadley F. Myers, Clifford H. Champness, Ishiang Shih
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Area 3: Oral - Concentrator Modules, Components and Systems (I)
Two Mirror Kohler Integrating CPV System
Luke D Reed, Roland Winston, Alexander Ritschel
UC Merced, Merced, CA, USA

Area 4: Oral - Advanced Characterization in Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells
Modeling the Generation and Dissociation of the Boron-Oxygen Complex in Cz-Si
Bianca Lim, Karsten Bothe, Jan Schmidt
Institut für Solarenergieforschung Hameln/Emmerthal (ISFH), Emmerthal, Germany

Area 4: Oral - Back-Contact Silicon Solar Cells
Shading Effects in Back-Junction Back-Contacted Silicon Solar Cells
Martin Hermle, Filip Granek, Oliver Schultz, Stefan W. Glunz
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany

Area 5: Poster - Optical and Electronic Properties of Amorphous and Thin Film Si (I)
Wide-Gap a-SiC:H Solar Cells with Graded Absorption Layer for Triple Cell Applications
Ihsanul A Yunaz1, Kenji Hashizume2, Shinsuke Miyajima1, Akira Yamada3, Makoto Konagai1
1Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, 2Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, 3Quantum Nanoelectronics Research Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Area 6: Oral - Space Photovoltaic Devices
Advanced Concepts for High-efficiency Germanium Photovoltaic Cells
Jara Fernández, Eduard Oliva, Frank Dimroth
Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany

All the PVSC conference papers are expected to be available for download by conference attendees on Monday, May 19, 2008, from the PVSC 33 website.

After presentations regarding upcoming conferences:

Program Chair, Dr. Tim Anderson, reviewed the PVSC 33 statistics. There was record registration of 1642 attendees: 269 IEEE members, 845 non-IEEE members, 238 Students, 7 Press, and 283 Exhibitors. Only about 1000 attendees were registered 30 days before the conference opened. Abstract submissions were led by the United States (255), Germany (47), and Japan (44) from 577 total abstracts.

As mentioned in PVSC 33 Opens, the 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 34) will be co-located with the SEIA PV America Conference from June 6 - 11, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA.

To close the conference, Tim Coutts quoted former Prime Minster Tony Blair and said:

That’s it. The end.

I forgot to note a Blog milestone in the last post. On May 16, 2008, GUNTHER Portfolio turned two years old.

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