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Sunday, November 4, 2018

#394 Organic solar cells

In the new generation photovoltaics special role is played by organic solar cells, or in other words, solar cells manufactured using organic semiconductors.


Organic solar cells are squarely at the other end of the efficiency paradigm than high-end solar cells solar cells mention earlier, but due to some unique features and low cost are bound to play a role on the photovoltaics arena.


Similarly to OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) the mechanism of light conversions into electricity is here somewhat different than in the case of inorganic semiconductor cells discussed earlier. In spite of the efficiency in the range of just few % in the basic version (efficiency increases even up to some 15% for more structurally complex configurations) and issues with stability when exposed to sunlight and elements, low-cost of organic cells combined with flexibility and transparency of the organic solar panels allows their uses in specialized applications where mostly rigid, opaque substrates based inorganic cells cannot be used.


See brief comments regarding perovskite solar cells which are in some ways similar to organic cells coming soon.

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