Toward Highly Efficient Nanostructured Solar Cells Using Concurrent Electrical and Optical Design

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/625679
Title:
Toward Highly Efficient Nanostructured Solar Cells Using Concurrent Electrical and Optical Design
Authors:
Wang, Hsin-Ping; He, Jr-Hau ( 0000-0003-1886-9241 )
Abstract:
Recent technological advances in conventional planar and microstructured solar cell architectures have significantly boosted the efficiencies of these devices near the corresponding theoretical values. Nanomaterials and nanostructures have promising potential to push the theoretical limits of solar cell efficiency even higher using the intrinsic advantages associated with these materials, including efficient photon management, rapid charge transfer, and short charge collection distances. However, at present the efficiency of nanostructured solar cells remains lower than that of conventional solar devices due to the accompanying losses associated with the employment of nanomaterials. The concurrent design of both optical and electrical components will presumably be an imperative route toward breaking the present-day limit of nanostructured solar cells. This review summarizes the losses in traditional solar cells, and then discusses recent advances in applications of nanotechnology to solar devices from both optical and electrical perspectives. Finally, a rule for nanostructured solar cells by concurrently engineering the optical and electrical design is devised. Following these guidelines should allow for exceeding the theoretical limit of solar cell efficiency soon.
KAUST Department:
Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
Citation:
Wang H-P, He J-H (2017) Toward Highly Efficient Nanostructured Solar Cells Using Concurrent Electrical and Optical Design. Advanced Energy Materials: 1602385. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602385.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Advanced Energy Materials
Issue Date:
11-Jul-2017
DOI:
10.1002/aenm.201602385
Type:
Article
ISSN:
1614-6832
Sponsors:
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/aenm.201602385/full
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Articles; Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division

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dc.contributor.authorWang, Hsin-Pingen
dc.contributor.authorHe, Jr-Hauen
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-03T12:49:33Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-03T12:49:33Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-11en
dc.identifier.citationWang H-P, He J-H (2017) Toward Highly Efficient Nanostructured Solar Cells Using Concurrent Electrical and Optical Design. Advanced Energy Materials: 1602385. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602385.en
dc.identifier.issn1614-6832en
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/aenm.201602385en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/625679-
dc.description.abstractRecent technological advances in conventional planar and microstructured solar cell architectures have significantly boosted the efficiencies of these devices near the corresponding theoretical values. Nanomaterials and nanostructures have promising potential to push the theoretical limits of solar cell efficiency even higher using the intrinsic advantages associated with these materials, including efficient photon management, rapid charge transfer, and short charge collection distances. However, at present the efficiency of nanostructured solar cells remains lower than that of conventional solar devices due to the accompanying losses associated with the employment of nanomaterials. The concurrent design of both optical and electrical components will presumably be an imperative route toward breaking the present-day limit of nanostructured solar cells. This review summarizes the losses in traditional solar cells, and then discusses recent advances in applications of nanotechnology to solar devices from both optical and electrical perspectives. Finally, a rule for nanostructured solar cells by concurrently engineering the optical and electrical design is devised. Following these guidelines should allow for exceeding the theoretical limit of solar cell efficiency soon.en
dc.description.sponsorshipKing Abdullah University of Science and Technologyen
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.relation.urlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/aenm.201602385/fullen
dc.subjectconcurrent designen
dc.subjectelectrical designen
dc.subjectnanostructured solar cellsen
dc.subjectoptical designen
dc.subjectphoton managementen
dc.titleToward Highly Efficient Nanostructured Solar Cells Using Concurrent Electrical and Optical Designen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentComputer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Divisionen
dc.identifier.journalAdvanced Energy Materialsen
kaust.authorWang, Hsin-Pingen
kaust.authorHe, Jr-Hauen
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