Facile fabrication method of small-sized crystal silicon solar cells for ubiquitous applications and tandem device with perovskite solar cells

KANDA H., Shibayama N., ÜZÜM A., Umeyama T., Imahori H., Chiang Y., ...More

MATERIALS TODAY ENERGY, vol.7, pp.190-198, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.mtener.2017.09.009
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.190-198
  • Keywords: Small-sized solar cell, Ubiquitous, Crystal silicon, EFFICIENCY
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Small-sized single crystalline silicon solar cells (ca. 25 mm(2)) were fabricated by a non-vacuum process as an energy supply for small devices (ubiquitous devices: a wristwatch, desktop calculator etc.) and processed for a tandem solar-cell research. A side-edge etching procedure was performed in order to eliminate detrimental cracks to improve photovoltaic properties. Moreover, the new structure of the small-sized solar cell with side contact provides reduced shadow loss of contacts. After the structural and procedural optimization, a conversion efficiency of 16.4% was achieved by a non-vacuum process with 3 mm x 8 mm surface dimension solar cell. Finally, the photovoltaic characteristics of small silicon cells, as a function of light intensity for the ubiquitous purposes were compared with amorphous silicon solar cells. In addition, the facile processed silicon solar cell was integrated into mechanically-stacked tandem solar cells with perovskite solar cells by direct contact of TCO layers of each sub-cell. The counter electrode MoOX/IZO over HTM (spiro-OMeTAD) in top perovskite cells is physically placed on top of the bottom Si solar cell to form a series tandem configuration. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.