Parameters optimization of heterojunction ZnSe/CdS/CIGS/Si solar cells using SCAPS-1D software

Main Article Content

Moussaab Belarbi
Oussama Zeggai
Souad Louhibi-Fasla


It is required to simulate the performance of a photovoltaic solar cell performance to enhance it. Simulation optimization has the benefit of being inexpensive and straightforward, and it allows us to identify the optimum parameters that contribute to the enhancement of the cell. An alternative ZnSe/CdS/CIGS/Si structure has been presented using a solar cell capacitance simulator (SCAPS-1D). This paper aims to increase device efficiency by improving the physical characteristics of the many layers involved in cell realisation. We also tried to investigate the variation of electrical characteristics such as Voc, Jsc, mceclip8.png, and FF with the changes in material parameters, notably the absorber layer thickness (CIGS, p-Si) (CIGS, p-Si). On the other hand, the temperature dependency has been simulated to guide device manufacturers to attain higher efficiency in varied temperature circumstances. The calculation result shows that excellent performance can be reached by varying the parameters, and the highest efficiency (24,94 %) of the solar cell can be reached under certain conditions, where the thicknesses of ZnSe, CdS, CIGS, and Si are 0.2mceclip9.pngm, 0.09mceclip10.pngm, 1.4mceclip11.pngm, and 0.6mceclip12.pngm respectively and for the optimal value of temperature equal to 295K.

Article Details

How to Cite
M. . Belarbi, O. . Zeggai, and S. . Louhibi-Fasla, “Parameters optimization of heterojunction ZnSe/CdS/CIGS/Si solar cells using SCAPS-1D software”, J. Ren. Energies, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 31 -, Jun. 2022.


Dellali Chaimaa, Optimisation du rendement de conversion photovoltaïque des cellules solaires à base de diséléniure de Cuivre, d’Indium et de Gallium "CIGS", Mémoire de Fin d’Etudes de Master académique, Spécialité : Matériaux et dispositifs électroniques et photovoltaïques, Université Mouloud Mammeri de Tizi-Ouzou-Algérie, 2017.

Movla, H., Optimization of the CIGS based thin film solar cells: Numerical simulation and analysis, Optik - International Journal for Light and Electron Optics, 2014, 125(1), pp. 67–70.

M.Powalla, et al., High-efficiency Cu(In,Ga)Se2 cells and modules Solar Energy Mater. Solar Cells, 2013, p 51–58.

J.Verschraegen and M.Burgelman,Numerical modeling of intra-band tunneling for heterojunction solar cells in SCAPS Verschraegen, - Thin Solid Films- Elsevier, 2007, 515,p. 6276–6279.

Md. Abu Sayeed, Hasan Khaled Rouf, Numerical Simulation of Thin Film Solar Cell Using SCAPS-1D: ZnSe as Window Layer, 22nd International Conference of Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT), 18-20 December 2019.

M. Mostefaoui et al. ,Simulation of High Efficiency CIGS solar cells with SCAPS-1D software, International Conference on Technologies and Materials for Renewable Energy, Environment and Sustainability, TMREES15, Energy Procedia, 2015, pp. 736 – 744.

Nitin Rai, and D. K. Dwivedi, Numerical modelling for enhancement of output performance of CIGS based thin film solar cell using SCAPS 1-D simulation software, AIP Conference Proceedings 2220, 140021 (2020).

Jun et al, High Efficiency Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film Solar cells using ZnS and CdS Buffer layers, J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 2019, Vol-19 No.3 doi: 10.1166/jnn.2019.16218.

M. Belarbi, A Benyoucef and B Benyoucef, Study of the equivalent circuit of a dye- sensitized solar cells, Advanced Energy: An International Journal (AEIJ), Vol. 1, No. 2, 2014.

Mousaab Belarbi, Oussama Zeggai, Souad Louhibi-Fasla, Étude de l’influence de la couche fenêtre sur les performances des cellules solaires en couches minces à base de Cu(In,Ga)Se2 , 2ème Séminaire international sur les sciences de la matière (physique et chimie), 17 et 18 Septembre 2021,Oran-Algérie.

H. Heriche, Z. Rouabah, N. Bouarissa ,New ultra-thin CIGS structure solar cells using SCAPS simulation program, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2017, Volume 42, Issue 15, pp. 9524-9532.

Biplab, S.R.I., Ali, M.H., Moon, M.M.A. et al, Performance enhancement of CIGS-based solar cells by incorporating an ultrathin BaSi2 BSF layer. J Comput Electron 19, 342–352 (2020).