Enhancing the efficiency of transparent dye-sensitized solar cells using concentrated light

Selvaraj, P. et al. (2018) Enhancing the efficiency of transparent dye-sensitized solar cells using concentrated light. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 175, pp. 29-34. (doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2017.10.006)

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Transparent dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) can be coupled within a building's architecture to provide daylighting and electrical power simultaneously. In this work, the relationship between the transparency and performance of DSSCs is studied by changing the TiO2 electrode thickness. The 10 µm thickness device shows a power conversion efficiency of 5.93% and a Jsc of 12.75 mA/cm2 with 37% transparency in the visible range. However, the performance loss in DSSCs during the scale up process is a potential drawback. This can be addressed using an optical concentrator with DSSC to generate more power from small size devices. Here, a compound parabolic concentrator (CPC) is coupled with DSSCs and its performance is compared to a scaled-up device (approx. 4 times). Furthermore, the impact of operating temperature on the performance of the bare and concentrator-coupled devices is discussed in this article. An increase of 67% in power conversion efficiency is observed at 36 °C for the concentrator-coupled device under 1000 W/m2 illumination. Maximum Jsc of 25.55 mA/cm2 is achieved at 40 °C for the concentrated coupled device compare with the Jsc of 13.06 mA/cm2 for the bare cell at the same temperature.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), low concentrating photovoltaics (LCPV), temperature effect on DSSC, scale up of DSSC.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Knox, Professor Andrew and Siviter, Dr Jonathan and Montecucco, Dr Andrea and Paul, Professor Manosh
Authors: Selvaraj, P., Baig, H., Mallick, T. K., Siviter, J., Montecucco, A., Li, W., Paul, M., Sweet, T., Gao, M., Knox, A. R., and Sundaram, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
ISSN (Online):1879-3398
Published Online:07 November 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 173: 29-34
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
614241Scalable Solar Thermoelectrics and Photovaltaics (SUNTRAP)Andrew KnoxEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/K022156/1ENG - ENGINEERING ELECTRONICS & NANO ENG