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Advanced Opto-Electrical Modeling of Photovoltaic Materials and Devices

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Research and innovation in photovoltaic (PV) materials and devices have been expanding over the last decades, aiming at continuously improved performance and broadened applications. Thus, the strive for new solutions and the motivation to design, realize and test new ideas and concepts is growing. Optimization of - in particular novel - PV materials and device concepts require reliable and accurate modeling methods, especially in the stage of design and device performance prediction. For significantly accelerating the research and development of PV materials and devices modeling and simulations present an indispensable tool.

This Research Topic aims to address hot topics in optical and opto-electrical modeling and numerical simulations of PV materials and PV devices: solar cells and PV modules. According to the research focus of the journal Frontiers in Photonics, contributions on modeling and simulations of optical as well as opto-electrical properties of devices and materials, including experimental characterization for determination of input parameters and model validation are kindly invited. Careful optical design and optimization of state-of-the-art and novel solar cells and PV modules require advanced modelling approaches to be developed and utilized. The investigations cover the range from material optical and opto-electronic properties over improved and novel solar cell structures to advanced PV module configurations. Current devices consist of many thin and thick layers of materials with different optical and electronic properties, the device structures often include nano, micro or macro photonic structures for efficient in-coupling and trapping of light. Thus, accurate but efficient modeling is a great challenge. The goal of the Research Topic is to form a recognized collection of high-quality research papers, highlighting advances in optical and opto-electrical modeling and simulation results of PV materials and devices of various PV technologies and device concepts.

The scope of the Research Topic are advanced modelling methods, approaches and results of optical and opto-electrical simulations of PV materials and devices. Modelling related experimental methods and characterization results may also be included. Examples of modeling and simulation subtopics are listed below:
- advanced models, methods, and modelling approaches
- nano and micro photonic structures and layers for efficient control of light in PV devices
- optically and electrically active textures
- optics for tandem and multi-junction devices
- semitransparent and bifacial devices
- light concentration, spectrum splitting, up- and down conversion concepts
- color, aesthetics and efficiency of integrated (building, vehicle or agricultural) PV devices
- ab-initio simulations of PV materials

Authors are encouraged to submit the following types of contributions: Original research articles, Methods, Brief research reports and Mini Reviews. For templates and further specifications please refer to Author guidelines and Publishing fees (links provided on this page). Please note the following Frontiers classification of above mentioned types of contributions: Type A: Original research articles and Methods; Type B: Brief research reports and Mini Reviews.

We look forward to high-quality contributions for this special issue on advanced modeling of PV materials and devices.


Keywords: optical modeling and simulations, opto-electrical modelling and simulations, photovoltaic materials and devices, solar cells, light management


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Research and innovation in photovoltaic (PV) materials and devices have been expanding over the last decades, aiming at continuously improved performance and broadened applications. Thus, the strive for new solutions and the motivation to design, realize and test new ideas and concepts is growing. Optimization of - in particular novel - PV materials and device concepts require reliable and accurate modeling methods, especially in the stage of design and device performance prediction. For significantly accelerating the research and development of PV materials and devices modeling and simulations present an indispensable tool.

This Research Topic aims to address hot topics in optical and opto-electrical modeling and numerical simulations of PV materials and PV devices: solar cells and PV modules. According to the research focus of the journal Frontiers in Photonics, contributions on modeling and simulations of optical as well as opto-electrical properties of devices and materials, including experimental characterization for determination of input parameters and model validation are kindly invited. Careful optical design and optimization of state-of-the-art and novel solar cells and PV modules require advanced modelling approaches to be developed and utilized. The investigations cover the range from material optical and opto-electronic properties over improved and novel solar cell structures to advanced PV module configurations. Current devices consist of many thin and thick layers of materials with different optical and electronic properties, the device structures often include nano, micro or macro photonic structures for efficient in-coupling and trapping of light. Thus, accurate but efficient modeling is a great challenge. The goal of the Research Topic is to form a recognized collection of high-quality research papers, highlighting advances in optical and opto-electrical modeling and simulation results of PV materials and devices of various PV technologies and device concepts.

The scope of the Research Topic are advanced modelling methods, approaches and results of optical and opto-electrical simulations of PV materials and devices. Modelling related experimental methods and characterization results may also be included. Examples of modeling and simulation subtopics are listed below:
- advanced models, methods, and modelling approaches
- nano and micro photonic structures and layers for efficient control of light in PV devices
- optically and electrically active textures
- optics for tandem and multi-junction devices
- semitransparent and bifacial devices
- light concentration, spectrum splitting, up- and down conversion concepts
- color, aesthetics and efficiency of integrated (building, vehicle or agricultural) PV devices
- ab-initio simulations of PV materials

Authors are encouraged to submit the following types of contributions: Original research articles, Methods, Brief research reports and Mini Reviews. For templates and further specifications please refer to Author guidelines and Publishing fees (links provided on this page). Please note the following Frontiers classification of above mentioned types of contributions: Type A: Original research articles and Methods; Type B: Brief research reports and Mini Reviews.

We look forward to high-quality contributions for this special issue on advanced modeling of PV materials and devices.


Keywords: optical modeling and simulations, opto-electrical modelling and simulations, photovoltaic materials and devices, solar cells, light management


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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15 November 2021 Manuscript

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