R&D, Scientific photovoltaic softwares, tools or models

This section provides various links to R&D softwares, tools or simulators, dedicated to a specific scientific aspect of photovoltaic.

OPVDM (Organic Photovoltaic Device Model) -

Opvdm is a free organic solar cells model.

It is specifically designed to simulate bulk-heterojuncton organic solar cells, such as those based on the P3HT:PCBM material system. The model contains both an electrical and an optical solver, enabling both current/voltage characteristics to be simulated as well as the optical modal profile within the device.

The model and it's easy to use graphical interface is available for both Linux and Windows.

Price : free
OPVDM (Organic Photovoltaic Device Model)


Setfos is a powerful and CPU-efficient simulation software tailored to the development of novel optoelectronic thin-film-based technologies.
Setfos is designed to study and optimize organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) as well as organic solar cells (OPV) and other thin film devices (photo-diodes, Bragg reflectors,...).

Price : unknown

Fluxim - Setfos

PECSIM - Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) simulation software

PhotoElectroChemical SIMulation software PECSIM is a simulation software for the systematic model-based analysis and optimization of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs).
The user gains an insight into the complex interaction of the solar cell components of a DSSC that is needed to analyze the energy conversion losses and to develop solar cell optimization strategies.
PECSIM is based on a validated optical and electrical model. The optical model is based on a ray-tracing algorithm that accounts for thin-film optics of antireflection coatings and multiple internal reflections of light within the device. The electrical model accounts for charge carrier injection, transport and recombination.
PECSIM's graphical user interface is easy to use.

Price : unknown


Technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD), from SYNOPSYS

Process and Device Simulation Tools to Accelerate Innovation, Technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD) refers to the use of computer simulations to develop and optimize semiconductor processing technologies and devices. Synopsys TCAD offers a comprehensive suite of products that includes industry leading process and device simulation tools, as well as a powerful GUI-driven simulation environment for managing simulation tasks and analyzing simulation results.
The TCAD process and device simulation tools support a broad range of applications such as CMOS, power, memory, image sensors, solar cells, and analog/RF devices. In addition, Synopsys TCAD provides tools for interconnect modeling and extraction, providing critical parasitic information for optimizing chip performance.
TCAD Solutions include:
Solar Cell Simulation: Sentaurus TCAD simulation tools provide key insights into the internal physical mechanisms affecting solar cell performance, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing production costs.

Price : unknown

Simulation programme SCAPS-1D for thin film solar cells developed at ELIS, University of Gent

SCAPS (a Solar Cell Capacitance Simulator) is a one dimensional solar cell simulation programme developed at the Department of Electronics and Information Systems (ELIS) of the University of Gent, Belgium.

Several researchers have contributed to it's development:
Alex Niemegeers, Marc Burgelman, Koen Decock, Stefaan Degrave, Johan Verschraegen.

The was originally programme is developed for cell structures of the CuInSe2 and the CdTe family. Recent developments make the programme now also applicable to crystalline solar cells (Si and GaAs family) and amorphous cells (a-Si and micromorphous Si).
Price : free

SCAPS from University of gent

SERIIUS : Modeling and Simulation Hub

Purdue University's PVHub provides online access to photovoltaic simulation tools. Among the tools at PVHub are the following:

Washington University in St. Louis and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory developed the following tool:

The Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) also has the following tool: | Contact | All right reserved 2013-2016.