Industrial sheet metals for nanocrystalline dye-sensitized solar cell structures
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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.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Nov 2006|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- dye-sensitized solar cell, metal substrate, counter-electrode, LOW-TEMPERATURE FABRICATION, CHEMICAL-VAPOR-DEPOSITION, COUNTER ELECTRODES, TIO2 LAYERS, LOW-COST, FILMS