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Solar Cell Utility™ Product Overview
The Solar Cell Utility provides an optical and electronic simulation solution for solar cell devices. The utility simplifies common tasks associated with solar cell design and aids in the rigorous computation of J-V curves, quantum efficiency spectra, and overall cell-efficiency. The basic version of the Solar Cell Utility uses a simple electronic model and operates with one or more RSoft optical simulation tools. If a rigorous electronic modeling solution is desired, LaserMOD can be used. The Solar Cell Utilty LaserMOD option provides a limited license of LaserMOD for this purpose.
 The Solar Cell Utility provides owners of some of RSoft's optical simulation tools the functionality described here. All simulation tools are licensed separately.
 Consult an RSoft representive to determine which combinations of products are currently supported.
Schematic of solar cell structure along with computed solar cell efficiency as a function of the period of a diffractive optical element within the cell.
- Rigorous optical simulation is performed by one of RSoft's passive optical design tools.
- Can use either a simple electronic model or RSoft's rigorous LaserMOD simulation tool.
- Fully integrated into the RSoft CAD Environment (View RSoft CAD Environment link for more information).
J-V curve for the same solar cell above computed with LaserMOD and FullWAVE.
- Solar cell design
- Solar cells with diffractive optical elements
- Solar cells with randomly textured material interfaces
- Ideal for investigating the electronic nature of solar cells
- Arbitrary solar cell geometry can easily be created in the RSoft CAD.
- Important material properties such as frequency-dependent complex refractive indexes can be used to correctly model absorptive materials.
- Simple electronic modeling via modified Ideal Diode equation; rigorous modeling via RSoft's LaserMOD tool.
- Uses the AM1.5 Solar Spectrum as incident spectrum by default; a user-specified spectrum can also be used.
- Direct user control over shadowing, filling-factor, and collection efficiency.
- Accounting of parasitic resistances in both simple and rigorous electronic models.
- Outputs include cell efficiency, J-V curves, and quantum efficiency spectra in addition to the standard output from the simulation tool(s) used (DiffractMOD, FullWAVE, and/or LaserMOD).
- Automated parametric studies and design optimization using MOST.