Perovskite material with superlattice structure may surpass performance of a 'perfect' solar cell

Aug 12, 2022 11:31 AM ET
  • A perovskite solar cell established by engineers at the University of California San Diego brings scientists closer to damaging the ceiling on solar cell effectiveness, suggests a research released Aug. 10 in Nature.
Perovskite material with superlattice structure may surpass performance of a 'perfect' solar cell
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The new solar cell is a lead-free low-dimensional perovskite material with a superlattice crystal structure-- a first in the field. What's special concerning this material is that it exhibits effective carrier dynamics in three dimensions, and also its tool positioning can be vertical to the electrodes. Materials in this certain course of perovskites have thus far just exhibited such dynamics in 2 dimensions-- a perpendicularly related solar cell has never ever been reported.

Thanks to its particular framework, this new kind of superlattice solar cell reaches an efficiency of 12.36%, which is the highest reported for lead-free low-dimensional perovskite solar cells (the previous record owner's performance is 8.82%). The new solar cell likewise has an unusual open-circuit voltage of 0.967 V, which is greater than the theoretical limit of 0.802 V. Both results have been independently certified.

The open-circuit voltage is a solar cell home that contributes to its performance, so this new solar cell "might have the possible to damage the theoretical performance limit of current solar cells," stated research study elderly author Sheng Xu, a teacher of nanoengineering at the UC San Diego. "This might someday allow us to achieve greater performance with even more electricity from existing solar panels, or create the exact same amount of power from smaller solar panels at reduced prices."

The researchers assume that the product's enhanced open-circuit voltage may be attributed to a new physical mechanism that they call intraband provider leisure. The material's unique superlattice structure enables various components of the solar cell to integrate in the vertical instructions, which creates an atomic-scale dual band structure. Under light, the excited electrons can loosen up from one component (smaller sized bandgap area) to one more component (bigger bandgap area) before equilibrating to alter the fermi levels in the superlattice solar cell. This adds to a higher open-circuit voltage. This process is verified to be associated with the integrated capacity in the superlattice solar cell. The scientists additionally recognize that there are other possible mechanisms occurring in the unique superlattice structure that may be adding to its unusually high open-circuit voltage.

To create the new lead-free low-dimensional perovskite solar cell, the scientists used chemical epitaxy techniques to make a superlattice crystal network. The network's framework is unique because it includes perovskite quantum wells that are up and down straightened and crisscrossed. This crisscrossed structure makes the product's provider dynamics-- that include electron mobility, lifetime and conduction paths in all three dimensions-- much more reliable than just having multiple quantum wells. These techniques can possibly be used to create perovskite superlattices of different compositions.

"This perovskite superlattice shows an unprecedented service provider transport efficiency that lots of scientists in the field have actually dreamed about," claimed Yusheng Lei, the lead writer of this paper, who was a Ph.D. trainee in Xu's laboratory at UC San Diego as well as is now a postdoctoral scientist at Stanford University.

The superlattice includes a nanoengineered phase separation in between Bi3+ alloyed and undamaged Sn-I areas in vertically aligned multiple-quantum-wells. This make-up creates component variations in the atomic scale, which subsequently enables warm providers to swiftly go across the multiple-quantum-wells heterostructural interface before they loosen up-- a feat that is generally difficult to achieve, the scientists described. Below, it is possible because of the brief diffusion size required to go across the heterostructural user interface.

"This job opens up a great deal of new interesting potential for the course of lead-free low-dimensional perovskite products," stated Xu. Moving forward, the group will work with maximizing and scaling up the construction process to make the superlattice crystals, which is currently still laborious and also tough. Xu intends to engage companions in the solar cell market to standardize the process.



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