Two-terminal DSSC/silicon tandem solar cells exceeding 18% efficiency

Title
Two-terminal DSSC/silicon tandem solar cells exceeding 18% efficiency
Authors
김인호권정임민지김찬울원상혁강성범강성호최인택김환규박종혁최경진
Keywords
Tandem solar cells; DSSC; crystalline silicon solar cells
Issue Date
2016-12
Publisher
Energy & environmental science
Citation
VOL 9, NO 12-3665
Abstract
Tandem architectures using organic/inorganic hybrid semiconductors are a promising strategy to overcome the Shockley– Queisser limit of single-junction (SJ) solar cells as already demonstrated in III– V compound semiconductors. Here, we present a highly-efficient dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC)/silicon (Si) monolithic tandem cell by utilizing PEDOT:FTS as an interfacial catalytic layer, which has higher transparency and lower charge-transfer resistance compared to conventional Pt. In addition, the amount of dye adsorbed on the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles is fine-tuned for precise current matching between the two sub-cells. Based on these rational approaches, the DSSC/Si tandem cell exhibited a much higher power-conversion efficiency (PCE) of 17.2% compared to the stand-alone SJ devices of DSSCs (− 11.4%) or Si (− 12.3%) cells. The PCE of the best tandem cell is 18.1%. To the best of our knowledge, our tandem cell has a record-high PCE among all tandem cells involving DSSCs and also the highest improvement of PCE among all tandem cells based on dissimilar photovoltaic materials. The 2-terminal DSSC/Si tandem solar cells exhibit a high Voc value of 1.36 V. The DSSC/Si tandem solar cells are externally connected to a Pt electro-catalyst for use as water splitting cells. Solar-to-hydrogen conversion was accomplished at 0.65 V vs. Pt bias. We expect that a tandem architecture based on organic– inorganic hybrid materials can provide a promising way to realize low-cost and high-efficiency photovoltaic devices for solar cells and hydrogen generation.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/65029
ISSN
1754-5692
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