Investigating dye-sensitised solar cells

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Title: Investigating dye-sensitised solar cells
Authors: Tobin, Laura L.
O'Reilly, Thomas
Zerulla, Dominic
Sheridan, John T.
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Date: 13-Apr-2010
Abstract: At present there is a global concern of environmental issues and future energy supplies, for instance global warming and the rapid depletion of fossil fuels. This trepidation has initiated a more critical investigation into alternative and renewable sources of power such as geothermal, biomass, hydropower, wind and solar energy. The immense dependence on electrical power in today’s society has prompted the manufacturing of devices such as photovoltaic (PV) cells to help alleviate and replace current electrical demands of the power grid. The most popular and commercially available PV cells are silicon solar cells which have to date the greatest efficiencies for PV cells. The drawback however is that the manufacturing of these cells is complex and costly due to the expense and difficulty of producing and processing pure silicon. One relatively inexpensive alternative to silicon PV cells that we are currently studying are dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs or Grätzel Cells). DSSCs are biomimetic solar cells which are based on the process of photosynthesis. The SFI Strategic Research Centre for Solar Energy Conversion is a research cluster based in Ireland formed with the express intention of bringing together industry and academia to produce renewable energy solutions. Our specific research area is in DSSC and their opto-electrical properties. We are currently developing testing equipment for multiple DSSC and optoelectronic models which will describe the performance and behaviour of DSSCs.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: SPIE
Copyright (published version): 2010 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.
Keywords: Dye sensitised solar cellsPhotovoltaicOptoelectronic
Subject LCSH: Dye-sensitized solar cells
Photovoltaic cells
Optoelectronic devices
DOI: 10.1117/12.854591
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Wehrspohn, R.B. and Gombert, A. (eds.). Proceedings of SPIE : Volume 7725 : Proceedings of SPIE, 0277-786X, v. 7725 SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Photonics for Solar Energy Systems III
Conference Details: SPIE Photonics Europe: Photonics for Solar Energy Systems III, 12th- 16th April, Brussels, 2010.
ISBN: 9780819481986
Appears in Collections:Solar Energy Conversion (SEC) Cluster Research Collection
Physics Research Collection
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Collection

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