NREL team boost PSC efficiency using a new chemical formula

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) report the creation of an efficient tandem perovskite solar cell, using a new chemical formula which also improved the structural and optoelectronic properties of the solar cell.

Most of the research efforts in the field of PSCs have focused on lead-based perovskites, which have a wide bandgap. High efficiency, low bandgap perovskites would enable the fabrication of very high efficiency all-perovskite tandem solar cells where each layer absorbs only a part of the solar spectrum and is optimally configured to convert this light into electrical energy. However, low bandgap perovskites have long suffered from large energy losses and instability limiting their use in tandems.

Taiwanese researchers develop perovskite solar cells that convert indoor light to power

Researchers from the Research Center for New Generation Photovoltaics (RCNPV) in Taiwan have developed solid-state perovskite solar cells which can convert indoor light to power IoT sensors.

Research Center for New Generation Photovoltaics (RCNPV) director, Wu Chun-guey, said: "Power conversion for a perovskite solar cell with area of 0.0739 square cm is 23.7%, and the efficiency decreases to 20.9% for cell area of one square cm, 17.25% for 17.277 square cm, and 11.7% for 703 square cm".

Researchers improved the stability of PSCs using hybrids of graphene and molybdenum disulphide quantum dots

Researchers from the Graphene Flagship have managed to increase the stability of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) using hybrids of graphene and molybdenum disulphide quantum dots.

Graphene inks help stabilize the stability of perovskite solar cells

The team used molybdenum disulphide quantum dot/graphene hybrids to address PSCs' instability issue. The collaboration between research institutions and industrial partners enabled by Graphene Flagship, yielded an ink based on graphene and related materials (GRMs). Layering this over the PSCs caused them to drastically increase in stability.

Researchers develop novel flexible perovskite solar cells for potential use in wearables

A joint research team including scientists from the Chinese Academy of Scinces (CAS), Shijiazhuang Tiedao University in China and Chiao Tung University in Taiwan has developed a novel type of highly flexible and stable perovskite-based solar cell that could be used in wearable electronics.

The team stated that current PSCs are mainly made of a polymer substrate, which has been proven fragile, unstable and not adequately waterproof. The team built a new type of PSC based on an inorganic mica substrate, which could reduce the strain in the device even under large bending deformation. Mica is a mineral that separates easily into small flat transparent pieces of rock.

Collaborative project examines PSC interfaces to deepen understanding of cell performance

A collaborative project undertaken by researchers from ICIQ’s Palomares and Vidal groups, the Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces group at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and IMDEA Nanociencahave has examined the interfaces in perovskite solar cells to better understand the impact that changing the materials used in such cells has on its performance.

Collaborative project examines PSC interfaces to deepen understanding of cell performance imagePerovskite solar cells with different materials as HTMs

This work sheds light on the reasons behind the differences observed in perovskite solar cells’ performance by comparing four different HTMs that present close chemical and physical properties.