Increased efficiencies on CdTe solar cells via luminescence down-shifting with excitation energy transfer between dyes

Lefteris Danos, Thomas Parel, Tom Markvart, Vincent Barrioz, William Brooks, Stuart Irvine

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Abstract

The external quantum efficiencies of CdTe solar cells fabricated by the atmospheric pressure metal organic chemical vapour deposition (AP–MOCVD) method have been measured with one and two dye doped luminescence down-shifting (LDS) layers on top. Excitation energy transfer between the dyes is used to extend the absorption ability of the LDS layer to λ=350 nm and increase the external quantum efficiency (EQE) of the cells for wavelengths λ<540 nm. The observed increase in the EQE corresponds to a rise in the short circuit current density of 1.88 mA/cm2 under AM1.5G illumination spectra, which is equivalent to a 10% relative solar cell efficiency increase. A simple model is presented, which accounts for the absorption and photon collection efficiencies of the LDS layer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-490
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Volume98
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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