Researchers achieve 17.5% efficiency with terbium-doped perovskite solar cell

Researchers from Chonnam National University in South Korea, Shivaji University in India, the Belgian research institute KU Leuven and Cardiff University in the UK have built an all-inorganic perovskite solar cell with a terbium doped solar absorber, which reportedly increases thermal stability.

The scientists developed a low-cost and simple hot-air method and also used terbium doping and quantum passivation techniques to stabilize the perovskite phase in the ambient conditions - with all processes carried out in ambient conditions.

The scientists made the cell using a CsPbI2B perovskite, which has a remarkable energy bandgap of 1.91 eV. However, it is also known to have stability issues.

“Its phase stability in ambient air still needs improvement due to role moisture plays in accelerating the perovskite-to-non-perovskite phase transformation,” the team explained, noting that the addition of quantum dots within the perovskite crystal bulk, and at surfaces and interfaces, reduced the density of surface defects.

They used bulk passivation (BP) and surface passivation (SP) techniques to implement terbium doping. The cell has a tin oxide (FTO) substrate, an electron transport layer (ETL) based on mesoporous titanium oxide (TiO2), the perovskite layer, a hole transporting layer (HTL) made of the polymer Regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), and a top electrode based on gold (Au).

This cell configuration achieved a power conversion efficiency of 17.51%, an open-circuit voltage of 1.315 V, a short-circuit current of 16.34 mAcm-2, and a fill factor of 81.53%. The device was also able to retain more than 90% of its initial efficiency after aging in 50% to 60% relative humidity for more than 500 hours.

The researchers report they were also able to build a larger 5 cm x 5 cm (25 cm2) perovskite solar cell module with an efficiency of 10.4%.

“We are planning to make a 15 cm x 15 cm (225 cm2) module using by combining hot-air, blade coating and air-knife methods,” they said.

Posted: May 28,2022 by Roni Peleg