Researchers establish binary blended hole transport layer for far better perovskite solar cells

May 4, 2023 01:56 PM ET
  • Researchers from China's Chongqing University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as well as JA Solar Holdings Co., along with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) as well as Germany's CTF Solar as well as have actually made a perovskite solar cell based upon a binary blended hole transport layer (HTL) that apparently supplies much better efficiency than HTLs that depend on commonly used hygroscopic dopants.
Researchers establish binary blended hole transport layer for far better perovskite solar cells

The group blended 2 preferred hole transport products to develop a binary mixed HTL, that displayed boosted moisture resistance. Because of this, PSCs furnished with the combined HTL attained a champion power conversion effectiveness (PCE) of approximately 24.3% as well as exceptional operational security. The cells without encapsulation can keep 90% preliminary performance after storage space in dark ambient problems (30% RH) for 1200 hrs. These results suggest that such a blended HTL could be an encouraging technique to meet the future photovoltaic applications needs with low-cost in addition to superb effectiveness and tool security.

The researchers made the HTL with the polymer Regioregular poly( 3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as well as Spiro-OMeTAD in a combined binary setup, which they claim offers much better defense to the perovskite absorber utilized in the cell thanks to the hydrophobicity of P3HT. "P3HT not just shows a greater degree of molecular order yet likewise reveals a special 'face-on' orientation, i.e., the P3HT molecules are parallel to the substrate, which have substantial positive impacts on the opto-electronic residential or commercial properties and cost service provider mobility," they explained.

The team constructed the solar cell with an indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate, a tin( IV) oxide (SnO2) electron transport layer (ETL), a perovskite layer, the suggested HTL, molybdenum oxide (MoOx) barrier layer, and a gold (Au) metal contact.

The researchers examined the efficiency of several solar cells developed with this design as well as with an active location of 0.08 cm2 through a solar simulator outfitted with a 450 W Xenon light as well as a Keithley 2400 resource meter under standard illumination problems. The champ tool accomplished a power conversion efficiency of 24.30% as well as a certified performance of 24.22%. It also achieved an open-circuit voltage of 1.18 V, a short-circuit existing density of 24.94 mA cm-2, and a fill element of 82.51%. The cell was likewise able to preserve 90% of its first performance after 1,200 hrs of storage space in dark ambient atmosphere.

" An effective alteration of the standard Spiro-OMeTAD HTL has been demonstrated by incorporating hydrophobic polymeric P3HT right into Spiro-OMeTAD film to enhance the effectiveness as well as security of perovskite solar cells," the group concluded. "We believe that this method will lead the way on the growth of low-cost, reliable and stable perovskite solar cells."

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