CIGS Module simulation and optimization

solarex13.in : CIGS Module simulation and optimization

Requires: SSuprem 4/S-Pisces/Luminous
Minimum Versions: Atlas 5.22.1.R

The Thin-film solar cell module based on CIGS is a technology with great potential. Two reasons for this are low material consumption and relatively high efficiency. This example demonstrates CIGS solar cell module simulation and optimization.

In a solar cell module several cells are connected in series. The cells are the active area of the module whereas the interconnections between cells are the dead area. The efficiency of the module is thus dependent on the number of cells in the module. Indeed there is a tradeoff between maximizing absorption and minimizing resistance of the interconnection.

Solarex13.in is a complete parameterized input deck in order to be able to make variation of both process and geometry to optimize the design. the loop statement was used to do so. In this input deck, 4 cells were used to create the module. Key figures of merit of the CIGS module (Voc, Jsc, Efficiency ...) were extracted at the end of the simulation.

Solarex13.in uses dbinternal to obtain the solar cell key figures of merit versus the number of cells. The advantage of using dbinternal is that simulations are automatically run one after the other and the data file containing the solar cell figures of merit can be plotted directly in TonyPlot.

To load and run this example, select the Load example button in DeckBuild. This will copy the input file and any support files to your current working directory. Select the run button to execute the example.