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Printable luminescent down shifter for enhancing efficiency and stability of organic photovoltaics

J. Kettle, N. Bristow, O. Moudam, B. Li, E.A. Katz, G.A. dos Reis Benatto, F.C. Krebs, David Gethin Orcid Logo, Zari Tehrani Orcid Logo

Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Volume: 144, Pages: 481 - 487

Swansea University Authors: David Gethin Orcid Logo, Zari Tehrani Orcid Logo

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The proof of concept of using luminescent down shifting (LDS) layers as alternative UV filters for P3HT:PCBM OPVs is demonstrated using a lanthanide-based metal complex. The results are verified using a combination of indoor light soaking, with single cell devices, and outdoor performance monitoring...

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ISSN: 0927-0248
Published: 2016
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title Printable luminescent down shifter for enhancing efficiency and stability of organic photovoltaics
spellingShingle Printable luminescent down shifter for enhancing efficiency and stability of organic photovoltaics
David Gethin
Zari Tehrani
title_short Printable luminescent down shifter for enhancing efficiency and stability of organic photovoltaics
title_full Printable luminescent down shifter for enhancing efficiency and stability of organic photovoltaics
title_fullStr Printable luminescent down shifter for enhancing efficiency and stability of organic photovoltaics
title_full_unstemmed Printable luminescent down shifter for enhancing efficiency and stability of organic photovoltaics
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description The proof of concept of using luminescent down shifting (LDS) layers as alternative UV filters for P3HT:PCBM OPVs is demonstrated using a lanthanide-based metal complex. The results are verified using a combination of indoor light soaking, with single cell devices, and outdoor performance monitoring, using a 16-cell monolithically connected OPV module. By applying the LDS layer, a ~5% relative enhancement in photocurrent is observed for both sets of devices. More significantly, indoor light soaking tests on single cell devices without encapsulation showed an 850% enhancement in the measured half-life (T50%). The OPV modules were encapsulated and tested for outdoor stability over a 70 day period in the Negev desert, Israel. The modules made with the LDS filter are shown to match the stability of those made with a commercial UV filter and outperform the modules with no filter applied, with a 51% enhancement in the measured stability (T75%). Significantly, the work provides clear experimental evidence that the LDS layer can act as a UV filter in OPVs without compromising the efficiency of the solar cell, thus providing an added benefit over commercial UV filters.
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