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Solar Power Question: What are multijunction photovoltaic cells?
Answer: Multijunction photovoltaic cells are a sub-class of solar cell or photovoltaic cell developed for higher efficiency. These multijunction cells consist of multiple thin films produced using molecular beam epitaxy and / or Metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy. Each type of semiconductor will have a characteristic band gap energy which, loosely speaking, causes it to absorb light most efficiently at a certain color, or more precisely, to absorb electromagnetic radiation over a portion of the spectrum. The semiconductors are carefully chosen to absorb nearly the entire solar spectrum, thus generating electricity from as much of the solar energy as possible.
In short, in the multijunction structure, several layers each capture part of the sunlight passing through the cell. These layers allow the cell to capture more of the solar spectrum and convert it into electricity
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