Guidelines for Closing the Efficiency Gap between Hero Solar Cells and Roll-To-Roll Printed Modules

Journal article
(Review article)


Publication Details

Author(s): Lucera L, Kubis P, Fecher FW, Bronnbauer C, Turbiez M, Forberich K, Ameri T, Egelhaaf HJ, Brabec C
Journal: Energy Technology
Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 3
Journal issue: 4
Pages range: 373-384
ISSN: 2194-4288
eISSN: 2194-4296
Language: English


Abstract


One of the biggest challenges for the commercialization of polymer-based and other printed photovoltaic (PV) technologies is to establish reliable up-scaling processes that minimize the efficiency losses occurring during the transition from record laboratory cells to roll-to-roll (R2R) printed PV modules. This article reviews the latest advances in reducing the efficiency gap between record solar cells and large-area organic PV modules. The major loss sources are identified for the most popular cell architectures and categorized into optical, electrical, and processing-related contributions. Their relative shares in the overall efficiency drop are quantified through optical and electrical simulations. Further potential sources of efficiency loss, such as the replacement of halogenated by green solvents for active layer processing, are also addressed. Finally, the effect of reduced efficiency gaps on the production costs of R2R printed modules is discussed, demonstrating that values as low as €0.5Wp -1 (the nominal power of a solar module/cell) can be achieved. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Ameri, Tayebeh Dr.
Institute Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (i-MEET)
Brabec, Christoph Prof. Dr.
Institute Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (i-MEET)
Bronnbauer, Carina
Institute Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (i-MEET)
Forberich, Karen Dr.
Institute Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (i-MEET)


External institutions with authors

BASF Schweiz AG
Bayerisches Zentrum für Angewandte Energieforschung e.V. (ZAE Bayern)


Research Fields

Neue Materialien und Prozesse
Research focus area of a faculty: Technische Fakultät


How to cite

APA:
Lucera, L., Kubis, P., Fecher, F.W., Bronnbauer, C., Turbiez, M., Forberich, K.,... Brabec, C. (2015). Guidelines for Closing the Efficiency Gap between Hero Solar Cells and Roll-To-Roll Printed Modules. Energy Technology, 3(4), 373-384. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ente.201402192

MLA:
Lucera, Luca, et al. "Guidelines for Closing the Efficiency Gap between Hero Solar Cells and Roll-To-Roll Printed Modules." Energy Technology 3.4 (2015): 373-384.

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