Skip to Content
Find More Like This
Return to Search

Method for making photovoltaic devices using oxygenated semiconductor thin film layers

United States Patent

December 16, 2014
View the Complete Patent at the US Patent & Trademark Office
National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Visit the NREL Technology Transfer Website
A method for making a photovoltaic device is presented. The method includes steps of disposing a window layer on a substrate and disposing an absorber layer on the window layer. Disposing the window layer, the absorber layer, or both layers includes introducing a source material into a deposition zone, wherein the source material comprises oxygen and a constituent of the window layer, of the absorber layer or of both layers. The method further includes step of depositing a film that comprises the constituent and oxygen.
Johnson; James Neil (Scotia, NY), Albin; David Scott (Denver, CO), Feldman-Peabody; Scott (Golden, CO), Pavol; Mark Jeffrey (Arvada, CO), Gossman; Robert Dwayne (Aurora, CO)
First Solar, Inc. (Tempe, AZ), Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO)
13/ 192,545
July 28, 2011
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the Manager and Operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.