Recent advances in polymer solar cells


Recent advances in polymer solar cells

A. K. Verma, P. Agnihotri, M. Patel, S. Sahu, S. Tiwari

Polymer solar cells belongs to promising class of next-generation photovoltaic, because they hold promise for the realization of mechanically flexible, lightweight, large-area devices that can be fabricated by room-temperature solution processing. High power conversion efficiencies of ~15% in tandem polymer solar cells based on semiconducting polymers are fabricated from solution-processing techniques and have unique prospects for achieving low-cost solar energy harvesting, owing to their material and manufacturing advantages. The potential applications of polymer solar cells are broad, ranging from flexible solar modules and semitransparent solar cells in windows, to building applications and even photon recycling in liquid-crystal displays. This review covers the scientific origins and basic properties of polymer solar cell technology, material requirements and device operation mechanisms, while also providing a synopsis of major achievements in the field over the past few years. Potential future developments and the applications of this technology are also briefly discussed.

Polymer Solar Cells, Flexible Transparent Solar Cells

Published online 8/2/2017, 11 pages


Part of Recent Advances in Photovoltaics

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