Concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) arises as a promising technology capable of economically justify the use of highly efficient (and highly expensive) monolithically stacked multijunction solar cells (MJSC). CPV takes advantage of low-cost optical elements, such as mirrors or lenses, to capture the sunlight and concentrate it into small-size cells, exchanging solar cell surface by optical elements. This technology, which is at an industrial stage, uses state-of-the-art triple junction (3J) solar cells with efficiencies up to 45%.
The postdoc position here proposed will deal with novel architectures of CPV receivers conceived from high-efficiency MJSC that will be integrated in next-generation CPV modules. The research engineer will also need to learn how to characterize these systems, for which he/she will use the tools available at the CPV Lab at INES (CEA). Novel characterization techniques may also be required.
The candidate must have a M.S. in Physics or Engineer with specialization on solid state physics, electronics, electrical engineering, mechatronics or similar. He/she must be a PhD, preferably in the field of photovoltaics and particularly on CPV. Good language skills and laboratory experience are required.