Fabrication and performance of a monolithic dye-sensitized TiO2/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film tandem solar cell

Wenger, Sophie; Seyrling, Sieghard; Tiwari, Ayodhya N.; Grätzel, Michael
April 2009
Applied Physics Letters;4/27/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 17, p173508
Academic Journal
Tandem solar cells using different bandgap absorbers allow efficient photovoltaic conversion in a wide range of the solar spectrum. The optical gaps of the dye-sensitized solar cell and the Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cell are ideal for application in double-junction devices and a mechanically stacked device has been reported recently. We report on the monolithic integration of these subcells to cut optical losses at needless interfaces and material costs, achieving 12.2% conversion efficiency at full sunlight. The high open-circuit voltage confirms the series connection, but corrosion of the Cu(In,Ga)Se2 cell by the redox mediator (I-/I3- couple) of the dye-sensitized cell and an associated voltage loss (≈140 mV) limits performance.


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