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Efficiency enhancement of semitransparent organic solar cells by using printed dielectric mirrors (Presentation Recording)
Author(s): Carina Bronnbauer; Karen K. Forberich; Fei Guo; Nicola Gasparini; Christoph J. Brabec

Paper Abstract

Building integrated thin film solar cells are a strategy for future eco-friendly power generation. Such solar cells have to be semi-transparent, long-term stable and show the potential to be fabricated by a low-cost production process. Organic photovoltaics are a potential candidate because an absorber material with its main absorption in the infrared spectral region where the human eye is not sensitive can be chosen. We can increase the number of absorbed photons, at the same time, keep the transparency almost constant by using a dielectric, wavelength-selective mirror. The mirror reflects only in the absorption regime of the active layer material and shows high transparencies in the spectral region around 550 nm where the human eye is most sensitive. We doctor bladed a fully solution processed dielectric mirror at low temperatures below 80 °C. Both inks, which are printed alternatingly are based on nanoparticles and have a refractive index of 1.29 or 1.98, respectively, at 500 nm. The position and the intensity of the main reflection peak can be easily shifted and thus adjusted to the solar cell absorption spectrum. Eventually, the dielectric mirror was combined with different organic solar cells. For instance, the current increases by 20.6 % while the transparency decreases by 23.7 % for the low band gap absorber DPP and silver nanowires as top electrode. Moreover we proved via experiment and optical simulations, that a variation of the active layer thickness and the position of the main reflection peak affect the transparency and the increase in current.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2015
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9561, Thin Films for Solar and Energy Technology VII, 95610G (5 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2188263
Show Author Affiliations
Carina Bronnbauer, iMEET (Germany)
Karen K. Forberich, iMEET (Germany)
Fei Guo, iMEET (Germany)
Nicola Gasparini, iMEET (Germany)
Christoph J. Brabec, iMEET (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9561:
Thin Films for Solar and Energy Technology VII
Louay A. Eldada; Michael J. Heben, Editor(s)

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