Use of a transformed diode equation for characterization of the ideality factor and series resistance of crystalline silicon solar cells based on light I-V curves

Sujeong Jeong, Soo Min Kim, Yoon Mook Kang, Haeseok Lee, Donghwan Kim

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With the increase in installed solar energy capacity, comparison and analysis of the physical property values of solar cells are becoming increasingly important for production. Therefore, research on determining the physical characteristic values of solar cells is being actively pursued. In this study, a diode equation, which is commonly used to describe the I-V behavior and determine the electrical characteristic values of solar cells, was applied. Using this method, it is possible to determine the diode ideality factor (n) and series resistance (Rs) based on light I-V measurements. Thus, using a commercial screen-printed solar cell and an interdigitated back-contact solar cell, we determined the ideality factor (n) and series resistance (Rs) with a modified diode equation method for the light I-V curves. We also used the sun-shade method to determine the ideality factor (n) and series resistance (Rs) of the samples. The values determined using the two methods were similar. However, given the error in the sun-shade method, the diode equation is considered more useful than the sun-shade method for analyzing the electrical characteristics because it determines the ideality factor (n) and series resistance (Rs) based on the light I-V curves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-426
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal of Materials Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • Ideality factor
  • Light I-V
  • Measurement
  • Si solar cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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