Advances in nanostructured thin film materials for solar cell applications

Ali, Nisar, Hussain, A., Ahmed, Rashid, Wang, Mingkui, Zhao, Chao, Ul Haq, Bakhiar and Fu, Yong Qing (2016) Advances in nanostructured thin film materials for solar cell applications. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 59. pp. 726-737. ISSN 1364-0321

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2015.12.268

Abstract

This paper reviews recent advances in photovoltaic devices based on nanostructured materials and film designs, focusing on cadmium telluride (CdTe), copper zinc tin sulphide (CZTS), dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and perovskite solar cells. The current major challenges associated with the development of thin film solar cells are the reduction in manufacturing cost and increase in efficiency and performance. The CdTe and CZTS films have been investigated extensively due to its cheap and abundant elemental constituents and better physical properties. Solar cells based on the nanostructured technology including the DSSCs have also made wide impact into the solar cell industry in terms of manufacturing cost and improved efficiency. Perovskite solar cells have received significant interest recently due to its potential high efficiency.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nanostructured; Thin films; Solar cell; Dye sensitized; Perovskite materials
Subjects: H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 11:49
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 06:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/25252

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