The SunSiC project aims to demonstrate that it is possible to generate an intermediate band (IB) in cubic SiC. Such an electronic band would transform the large band gap semiconductor SiC into a multiple (three) band gap semiconductor without introduction of multiple junctions or quantum dots. The theoretical efficiency of IB photovoltaics is more than 60%, and the processing is potentially quite easy and cheap. If this concept is proven in stage 1 of the project, the second stage will focus on optimizing important material properties, particularly the life time of charge carriers. The project idea is based on a new synthesis process at Linköping University, where large single crystals of cubic SiC can be produced for the first time. We will have access to this material in the project, and thus have the possibility to search for IB behavior at a very early stage. The material obtained from our collaborating partners will be doped using ion implantation, and a variety of characterization and modeling tools will be used to identify an IB and to establish the connection between processing parameters, detailed structural and electronic materials properties and the potential of using SiC with IB as a new solar cell technology.
|SINTEF Materials and Chemistry:
Ole Martin Løvvik (Project leader)
|SINTEF ICT:||Daniel N. Wright|
|University of Oslo:||Bengt Svensson|
|Linköping University:||Mikael Syväjärvi|
|Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials AS:||Pål Runde|