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Special Issue "Solar Photovoltaics Trilemma: Efficiency, Stability and Cost Reduction 2018"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Tapas Mallick

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE, UK
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Interests: renewable energy; concentrating solar photovoltaics; heat transfer, optics and electrical modeling; building integrated photovoltaics; static solar concentrators; integrated renewables (biomass, wind and solar integration); novel materials for solar electricity; solar electricity for sustainable building
Guest Editor
Dr. Senthilarasu Sundaram

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall TR109FE, UK
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Phone: +44(0)1326 259486
Interests: new materials for dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs); perovskite solar cells (PSCs); thin film based building integrated PV; manufacturability of DSSCs and PSCs in cooperation with industry in up-scaling them; fundamental characterisation of solar cells using impedance and transient spectroscopic measurements

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on very specific issues related to the efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) systems, the stability of devices, and cost reductions at the module level. However, it is not limited to these; it also includes the most promising topics of emerging PV areas, such as perovskite solar cells (PSCs), dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and biomimicking for solar energy conversion. The new generation of solar cells with particular applications and their specific location studies are also important in terms of stability of devices in real or simulated conditions. The modelling aspects of PV materials and systems are also an area of focus. The following topics of research are also acceptable in this Special Issue:

  1. PV materials, stability, scaling up engineering and production
  2. Thin film solar cell materials and methods
  3. Perovskite thin film solar cell materials, methods, stability and cost reduction
  4. Third generation solar cell materials, methods and stability
  5. Concentrating PV
  6. Renewable energy system integration
  7. Biomimicking for Solar energy conversion
  8. PSCs and their scale up issues
  9. Smart switching materials

Prof. Tapas Mallick
Dr. Senthilarasu Sundaram
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • PV systems
  • PV materials and methods
  • PSCs
  • PV efficiency limiting
  • PV stability
  • PV cost reduction

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Research

Open AccessArticle Efficient Planar Hybrid n-Si/PEDOT:PSS Solar Cells with Power Conversion Efficiency up to 13.31% Achieved by Controlling the SiOx Interlayer
Energies 2018, 11(6), 1397; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11061397
Received: 25 April 2018 / Revised: 15 May 2018 / Accepted: 21 May 2018 / Published: 30 May 2018
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Abstract
In this work, the effects of the SiOx interface layer grown by exposure in air on the performance of planar hybrid n-Si/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) solar cells are investigated. Compared to the cell with a hydrogen-terminated Si surface, the cell with an oxygen-terminated Si
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In this work, the effects of the SiOx interface layer grown by exposure in air on the performance of planar hybrid n-Si/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) solar cells are investigated. Compared to the cell with a hydrogen-terminated Si surface, the cell with an oxygen-terminated Si surface reveals improved characteristics in power conversion efficiency, increased from 10.44% to 13.31%. By introducing the SiOx, the wettability of the Si surface can be improved, allowing an effective spread of the PEDOT:PSS solution and thus a good contact between the PEDOT:PSS film and Si. More importantly, it can change the polarity of the Si surface from a negative dipole to a positive dipole, owing to the introduction of the SiOx interface. The Si energy band will bend up and give rise to a favorable band alignment between Si and PEDOT:PSS to promote carrier separation. These results could be potentially employed to further development of this simple, low-cost heterojunction solar cell. Full article
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