Simulation of photovoltaic performance in a thin film, hybrid heterojunction incorporating a nanoscale semiconductor spectral sensitizer

Scott A. De Valle, Jean B. Kana Kana, Kelly Potter, Barrett G Potter

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Abstract

The impact of CdTe nanoscale semiconductor spectral sensitizers on the energy conversion efficiency of a poly-(hexylthiophene) (P3HT)-ZnO thin film (TF) photovoltaic (PV) cell was examined utilizing a one-dimensional computational model (Solar Cell Capacitance Simulator) (SCAPS). Output characteristics (quantum efficiency spectra, current-voltage characteristics) of TF PV cells containing the CdTe phase embedded within the n-type (ZnO) region of the junction were investigated with the modeling parameters derived from previous experimental studies of the component materials. The study focused on the influence of the spatial position of the CdTe region, relative to the P3HT-ZnO heterojunction, on the spectral characteristics of the energy conversion efficiency of the device. The contribution of this sensitizer phase to energy conversion was confirmed and the magnitude of the effect was found to increase as the semiconductor nanophase region was moved to within 20 nm of the heterojunction,

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8824
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
EventNext Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 25 2013Aug 27 2013

Other

OtherNext Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion IV
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/25/138/27/13

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CdTe
Heterojunction
Energy conversion
Heterojunctions
Thin Films
heterojunctions
Semiconductors
Photovoltaic cells
energy conversion efficiency
photovoltaic cells
Semiconductor materials
Thin films
Conversion efficiency
thin films
Energy
Simulation
simulation
Quantum Efficiency
Cell
energy conversion

Keywords

  • Nanostructure
  • Sensitizer
  • Thin film photovoltaics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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De Valle, S. A., Kana Kana, J. B., Potter, K., & Potter, B. G. (2013). Simulation of photovoltaic performance in a thin film, hybrid heterojunction incorporating a nanoscale semiconductor spectral sensitizer. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 8824). [882405] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2024210

Simulation of photovoltaic performance in a thin film, hybrid heterojunction incorporating a nanoscale semiconductor spectral sensitizer. / De Valle, Scott A.; Kana Kana, Jean B.; Potter, Kelly; Potter, Barrett G.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8824 2013. 882405.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

De Valle, SA, Kana Kana, JB, Potter, K & Potter, BG 2013, Simulation of photovoltaic performance in a thin film, hybrid heterojunction incorporating a nanoscale semiconductor spectral sensitizer. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 8824, 882405, Next Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion IV, San Diego, CA, United States, 8/25/13. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2024210
De Valle SA, Kana Kana JB, Potter K, Potter BG. Simulation of photovoltaic performance in a thin film, hybrid heterojunction incorporating a nanoscale semiconductor spectral sensitizer. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8824. 2013. 882405 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2024210
De Valle, Scott A. ; Kana Kana, Jean B. ; Potter, Kelly ; Potter, Barrett G. / Simulation of photovoltaic performance in a thin film, hybrid heterojunction incorporating a nanoscale semiconductor spectral sensitizer. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8824 2013.
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