Kamel, Fouad and Muehlbauer, A. (1984) Impact of solar cell efficiency on the design of photovoltaic systems. Solar Cells, 11 (3). pp. 269-280. ISSN 0379-6787
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0379-6787(84)90016-4
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/0379-6787(84)90016-4
[Summary]: Photovoltaic systems having different solar cell efficiencies and module fabrication costs per square meter but the same power output and energy demand were compared with each other. For given costs per peak watt of the modules or the complete system and known fabrication costs per square metre, the required solar cell efficiency can be calculated. The lower limit of the fabrication costs determines the minimum solar cell efficiency required. At relatively low allowable system costs per peak watt, any increase in the fabrication costs per unit area demands a larger increase in cell efficiency than for higher allowable system costs. At the same time the required minimum cell efficiency increases, and vice versa. The given quantitative results are typical only for industrialized countries, but the general tendencies are nevertheless correct.
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