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Advances in Plexcore active layer technology systems for organic photovoltaics: roof-top and accelerated lifetime analysis of high performance organic photovoltaic cells
Author(s): Darin W. Laird; Swanand Vaidya; Sergey Li; Mathew Mathai; Brian Woodworth; Elena Sheina; Shawn Williams; Troy Hammond
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Paper Abstract

We report NREL-certified efficiencies and initial lifetime data for organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells based on Plexcore PV photoactive layer and Plexcore HTL-OPV hole transport layer technology. Plexcore PV-F3, a photoactive layer OPV ink, was certified in a single-layer OPV cell at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at 5.4%, which represents the highest official mark for a single-layer organic solar cell. We have fabricated and measured P3HT:PCBM solar cells with a peak efficiency of 4.4% and typical efficiencies of 3 - 4% (internal, NREL-calibrated measurement) with P3HT manufactured at Plextronics by the Grignard Metathesis (GRIM) method. Outdoor and accelerated lifetime testing of these devices is reported. Both Plexcore PV-F3 and P3HT:PCBM-based OPV cells exhibit >750 hours of outdoor roof-top, non-accelerated lifetime with less than 8% loss in initial efficiency for both active layer systems when exposed continuously to the climate of Western Pennsylvania. These devices are continuously being tested to date. Accelerated testing using a high-intensity (1000W) metal-halide lamp affords shorter lifetimes; however, the true acceleration factor is still to be determined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6656, Organic Photovoltaics VIII, 66560X (27 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.734711
Show Author Affiliations
Darin W. Laird, Plextronics, Inc. (United States)
Swanand Vaidya, Plextronics, Inc. (United States)
Sergey Li, Plextronics, Inc. (United States)
Mathew Mathai, Plextronics, Inc. (United States)
Brian Woodworth, Plextronics, Inc. (United States)
Elena Sheina, Plextronics, Inc. (United States)
Shawn Williams, Plextronics, Inc. (United States)
Troy Hammond, Plextronics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6656:
Organic Photovoltaics VIII
Zakya H. Kafafi; Paul A. Lane, Editor(s)

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