Using ammonia to heal perovskite film for photovoltaic panel construction

Aug 16, 2022 02:48 PM ET
  • Considering that 2009, researchers have actually suspected that perovskite films, which are a combination of organic and also inorganic material, could be guaranteeing for solar panel construction. Perovskites are extremely slim films with a details crystal structure that are extremely light and also flexible, efficient, and economical, in comparison to silicon wafers.
Using ammonia to heal perovskite film for photovoltaic panel construction
Image: Li Zhipeng

Nevertheless, current limitations, including just how to prepare highly uniform perovskite films on a large scale, have prevented the commercialization of the perovskite solar cells.

Lately, researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy as well as Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), explained a new way of processing formamidinium-based perovskite film that soothes some of the limitations by using ammonia treatment to remove pore frameworks developed throughout the handling.

The research was released in Nature Communications on July 29.

"The highest possible power conversion effectiveness of perovskite solar cells approaches that of widely commercialized silicon-based solar cells. Nonetheless, just how to accomplish large-area prep work of very uniform perovskite film stays a challenge," stated Prof. Pang Shuping from QIBEBT, the equivalent author of the research.

Methods as well as solvents used in handling perovskite films have actually been extensively studied, however these still need added processing actions or materials to make perovskite films function. As an example, the extremely promising methylamine gas healing method is just ideal for methylammonium-based perovskite, but is not feasible for the a lot more effective formamidinium-based perovskite.

In order to find solutions to the gas recovery of the formamidinium-based perovskite films, the scientists first researched the underlying reactions in charge of the challenges. "We have actually shown that the destruction of formamidinium-containing perovskites is caused by a reaction between the formamidinium cation and aliphatic amines, creating ammonia," said Wang Xiao, the second writer of the research.

In order to avoid the occurrence of side reactions, the researchers used ammonia as opposed to methylamine gas to deal with formamidinium-based perovskite films. Base on this technology, the temperature is reduced so the perovskite film can absorb adequate ammonia to transition the film right into a flowable intermediate state. In this flowable state, blemishes as well as hole structures in the raw perovskite film can be healed.

By utilizing this technique, the scientists had the ability to prepare a perovskite film that had a higher power conversion performance as well as could be conveniently duplicated at a big scale. "The perovskite solar cell based upon ammonia article healing achieves a power conversion effectiveness of 23.21% with exceptional reproducibility," claimed Li Zhipeng, the initial writer of the research study.

For the ammonia gas healing operation, it is essential to strictly regulate the adsorption as well as desorption price at low temperatures as well as extremely quickly. One more success of using ammonia gas post healing technology is that it can be easily inserted into existing, developed commercial technologies.

Looking ahead, the researchers are thinking about just how to effectively develop the equipment that will certainly be required to create the perovskite films using this method, which is a vital component for bringing perovskite solar cells to a commercial market.

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