Preventing UV Degradation in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

Gabriela Gava Sonai, Armi Tiihonen, Kati Miettunen, Peter Lund, Ana Flavia Nogueira

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The effects of a UV cut-off filter and a UV additive on the stability of dye-sensitized solar cells were studied. Both approaches to prevent UV, which is a major degradation factor, have been presented in literature, but the effectiveness of these measures have not been compared nor their possible combined effect to reach even higher UV protection tested. Here, the studied cells had conventional iodine based electrolyte or electrolyte with cobalt complex redox couple to which the UV absorber (benzophenone based) was mixed. The cells were subjected to an accelerated aging test using a UV light and the cells with no protection were compared to cells with those having the UV absorber and/or a UV cut-off filter. The initial and final performance of cells were characterized by photovoltaic measurements, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and other measurement techniques. The cobalt based cells showed faster degradation compared to iodine based cells, even with the UV filter and their degradation could be related to the degradation of the organic dye. The performance of the iodine based cells remained stable over 111h when a UV cut-off filter was applied. Our study also shows that the UV filter has a superior effect in blocking UV light, whilst the UV additive had only a marginal effect at most in stabilizing the cells.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
PublisherWIP Wirtschaft und Infrastruktur GmbH & Co. Planungs KG
ISBN (Electronic)3-936338-41-8
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition - Congress Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 14 Aug 201521 Aug 2015
Conference number: 31


ConferenceEuropean Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Abbreviated titleEU PVSEC


  • Stability
  • dye-sensitized solar cells
  • UV light
  • cobalt electrolyte
  • iodine electrolyte


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