International Journal of Photoenergy

Nanostructured Solar Cells


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1University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

2CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, India

3Soochow University, Jiangsu, China

4National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia

5Northwestern University, Evanston, USA


Nanostructured Solar Cells

Description

We kindly invite you to be part of this special issue which is intended to collect a series of papers in the thematic nanostructured solar cells. Nanostructured materials, such as nanowires, nanorods, and quantum dot structures, are being studied and developed for solar cell applications since they have enabled the fabrication of high efficient and low-cost devices.

It is believed that there are mainly two approaches to reduce the cost per kilowatt-hour of electrical energy generated by solar cell devices. Firstly, one can aim to increase the efficiency of the device, usually by pursuing new cell designs that can take full advantage of high-quality absorber materials. Secondly, one can pursue cost reductions while maintaining the efficiency of the device, often done by exploring novel manufacturing approaches but also sometimes with new cell designs and perhaps by exploiting lower-quality, cost attractive materials and processes. From either perspective, nanostructuring of inorganic solar cells offers the possibility of reducing the cost of photovoltaics by allowing smaller amounts of lower-grade photovoltaic semiconductor materials to be used or improving the photoelectric conversion efficiency by making more-light and charge carriers to be harvested. The device physics including carrier/excitons separation, charge extraction, and recombination is strongly influenced by the nanostructures. Research in various fabrication methods and their influence on the device physics has also provided insight into how to increase efficiency limits. Additionally, the synthesis of solar cells by solution-based methods or fabrication pathways using less traditional, abundant materials is identified as a promising route to wide-scale photovoltaic electricity generation. Nanostructured solar-cell geometries are highlighted as essential in this approach.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Nanowire solar cells
  • Bulk nanostructured materials and nanoparticles/quantum dots/nanowells based solar cells
  • Nanostructured solar cells based on upconversion/downconversion concepts
  • Plasmonics for solar cells
  • Organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells
  • Nanostructured device physics and materials compositions
  • Large area nanostructured device patterning/coating
  • Simulation, modeling, and experimental work on nanostructured materials concepts for light trapping
  • Solution processed nanostructured solar cells, and so forth
  • Cost effective nanostructured solar cells technologies and challenges
  • Power converters for nanostructured solar cells: design, control, and energy management strategies for grid-connected and stand-alone solutions
  • Applications of nanostructured solar cells: for harvesting systems
  • Photostability of nanostructured solar cells

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 1289349
  • - Editorial

Nanostructured Solar Cells

Pushpa Raj Pudasaini | Sanjay K. Srivastava | ... | Bill Pandit
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 1064868
  • - Research Article

A Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Using a Composite of PEDOT:PSS and Carbon Derived from Human Hair for a Counter Electrode

Klitsada Moolsarn | Apishok Tangtrakarn | ... | Vittaya Amornkitbamrung
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 3192197
  • - Research Article

Hole-Transporting Layer Treatment of Planar Hybrid n-Si/PEDOT:PSS Solar Cells with Power Conversion Efficiency up to 14.5%

Chenxu Zhang | Yuming Zhang | ... | Chunfu Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 7153640
  • - Research Article

Nanostructured Dielectric Layer for Ultrathin Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

Yusi Chen | Yangsen Kang | ... | James S. Harris
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 7594869
  • - Research Article

Organic Dyes Containing Coplanar Dihexyl-Substituted Dithienosilole Groups for Efficient Dye-Sensitised Solar Cells

Ciaran Lyons | Neelima Rathi | ... | K. Ravindranathan Thampi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 4935265
  • - Research Article

Influence of the Porosity of the TiO2 Film on the Performance of the Perovskite Solar Cell

Xiaodan Sun | Jia Xu | ... | Songyuan Dai
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 8523150
  • - Research Article

Impedance Spectroscopic Investigation of the Degraded Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell due to Ageing

Parth Bhatt | Kavita Pandey | ... | Manoj Kumar
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2135847
  • - Research Article

Photoelectric Properties of DSSCs Sensitized by Phloxine B and Bromophenol Blue

Penghui Ren | Yuanzuo Li | ... | Qungui Wang
International Journal of Photoenergy
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