17% Efficiency For Organic Solar Cells

KAUST Researchers Use Tungsten Disulfide To Report 17% Efficiency Level For Organic Solar Cells; Team Targeting Higher Conversion With Further Research
07:27 AM (Beijing Time) - 23. December 2019
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Key Takeaways

  • A research work by KAUST team has resulted into power conversion efficiency of 17% for organic solar PV cells
  • They used a hole-transporting layer made from flakes of a 2D material tungsten disulfide to push up efficiency of the cell
  • The material is found to have a lower resistance than its rival material PEDOT:PSS and is better at gathering holes
  • Team says it will work on further increasing this efficiency level beyond 17%

Researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia reported a power conversion efficiency of 17% for organic solar PV (OPV) cells after they used a hole-transporting layer made from flakes of a 2D material, tungsten disulfide (WS2) to help channel charge in flexible photovoltaics.

They claim this efficiency level is the highest for any OPV using 2D material as a hole transporter and among the highest for any OPV. “We were very surprised to reach 17%,” said Yuanbao Lin, a Ph.D. student of the team. “We feel this is just the beginning and there is significant room for performance improvement.” They found the tungsten disulfide layer having a lower resistance than PEDOT:PSS and is better at gathering holes.

Conducted by the team at KAUST Solar Center, the researchers used ultrasound to tear the flakes off powdered tungsten disulfide suspended in a mixture of water and ethanol and call this sonication method an ‘inexpensive’ one that’s easy to scale up. Flakes can be spread onto an electrode using a simple and widely used spin-coating process, they said.

Thomas Anthopoulos said his team will now explore efficiency level for OPV cells beyond 17% and towards theoretically predicted limits as well as study the stability of these high-efficiency organic solar cells.   

Their research work has been published in Advanced Materials scientific journal.  

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