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Strategies towards Cost Reduction in the Manufacture of Printable Perovskite Solar Modules

Dena Pourjafari, Simone Meroni Orcid Logo, Diecenia Peralta Domínguez, Renán Escalante, Jenny Baker Orcid Logo, Alessary Saadi Monroy, Adrian Walters, Trystan Watson Orcid Logo, Gerko Oskam

Energies, Volume: 15, Issue: 2, Start page: 641

Swansea University Authors: Simone Meroni Orcid Logo, Jenny Baker Orcid Logo, Adrian Walters, Trystan Watson Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.3390/en15020641

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Among different perovskite solar cell architectures, the carbon-based perovskite solar cell (C-PSC) is a promising candidate for upscaling and commercialization related to low-cost components and simple manufacturing methods. For upscaling a PV technology, three parameters must be considered, corres...

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Published in: Energies
ISSN: 1996-1073
Published: MDPI AG 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa59242
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Abstract: Among different perovskite solar cell architectures, the carbon-based perovskite solar cell (C-PSC) is a promising candidate for upscaling and commercialization related to low-cost components and simple manufacturing methods. For upscaling a PV technology, three parameters must be considered, corresponding to efficiency, stability, and cost. While the efficiency and lifetime of perovskite technology are the focus of many research groups, the cost parameter is less studied. This work aims to provide information on the manufacturing cost of C-PSC based on experimental data in order to give the readers a panoramic overview of parameters influencing a fabrication process. To analyze the commercialization viability of this technology, we estimated the cost of raw materials and the manufacturing process for sub-modules using two different methods: registration and scribing. The fabrication cost of a sub-module fabricated using the scribing method with 7.9% efficiency was approximately 44% less than that of a device with 6.8% efficiency prepared using registration. We demonstrated that this is due to both the design parameters and performance. In addition, we showed a 51% cost reduction for registration devices by appropriate choice of solar cell components, fabrication steps, and equipment based on the existing infrastructures for the manufacturing of large-scale devices.
Keywords: manufacturing cost analysis, perovskite module, printable solar cells
College: College of Engineering
Funders: This research was funded by CONACYT-SENER, and the NEWTON FUND of the British Council for the financial support under grant number “FSE-291504”, the GLOBAL RESEARCH TRANSLATION AWARD through the project “Power to the people: Democratising energy through decentralised manufacture and production of affordable, reliable, sustainable solar power”, “EGR 1295”, the ROYAL SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AWARD, “ ICA\R1\191321”; the NEWTON FUND IMPACT SCHEME “541128962”, and CONACYT under the FORDECYTPRONACES project “318703”. Also, this work was made possible by support from the UKRI Global Challenge Research Fund project SUNRISE (EP/P032591/1).
Issue: 2
Start Page: 641