EPFL team reports record stability levels for CuSCN PSCs

Researchers from the Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) report the "highest stability levels for CuSCN perovskite to date". The cells retained 95% of their initial stability, with an efficiency level of 20%. The researchers, using a thin layer of reduced graphene oxide, manages to get the performance of the perovskite solar cells to drop by less than 5% when the cells were placed under 60°C sunlight for more than 1000 hours.

The EPFL scientists have concluded that CuSCN stands out as a stable, efficient and cheap option. However, earlier research has produced only moderate efficiency and stability improvements. In order to resolve these issues, the team developed a simple dynamic solution-based method for depositing highly conformal, 60-nm thick CuSCN layers. This facilitates the construction of perovskite cells with stabilized power-conversion efficiencies above 20%.

The introduction of a thin spacer layer of reduced graphene oxide between the CuSCN and gold layers also allows the PSCs to achieve high levels of operational stability, so they can retain 95% of their initial efficiency while operating at a maximum power point for 100 hours under 605 degrees of sun. The researchers also discovered that the root cause of PSC instability originates from the degradation of CuSCN/gold contact as a solar cell operates.

'This is a major breakthrough in perovskite solar-cell research and will pave the way for large-scale commercial deployment of this very promising new photovoltaic technology,' said researcher Michael Grätzel.

Posted: Oct 01,2017 by Roni Peleg