Industrial sheet metals for nanocrystalline dye-sensitized solar cell structures

Minna Toivola*, Fredrik Ahlskog, Peter Lund

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Abstract

Direct integration of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) onto industrial sheet metals has been studied. The stability of the metals, including zinc-coated and plain carbon steel, stainless steel and copper in a standard iodine electrolyte was investigated with soaking and encapsulation tests. Stainless and carbon steel showed sufficient stability and were used as the cell counter-electrodes, yielding cells with energy conversion efficiencies of 3.6% and 3.1%, respectively. A DSSC built on flexible steel substrates is a promising approach especially from the viewpoint of large-scale, cost-effective industrial manufacturing of the cells. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2881-2893
Number of pages13
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Volume90
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2006
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • dye-sensitized solar cell
  • metal substrate
  • counter-electrode
  • LOW-TEMPERATURE FABRICATION
  • CHEMICAL-VAPOR-DEPOSITION
  • COUNTER ELECTRODES
  • TIO2 LAYERS
  • LOW-COST
  • FILMS

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