Lithography-Free, Large-Area Spatially Segmented Disordered Structure for Light Harvesting in Photovoltaic Modules

Joo Hwan Ko, So Hee Kim, Min Seok Kim, Se Yeon Heo, Young Jin Yoo, Yeong Jae Kim, Heon Lee, Young Min Song

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Abstract

Optical losses in photovoltaic (PV) systems cause nonradiative recombination or incomplete absorption of incident light, hindering the attainment of high energy conversion efficiency. The surface of the PV cells is encapsulated to not only protect the cell but also control the transmission properties of the incident light to promote maximum conversion. Despite many advances in elaborately designed photonic structures for light harvesting, the complicated process and sophisticated patterning highly diminish the cost-effectiveness and further limit the mass production on a large scale. Here, we propose a robust/comprehensive strategy based on the hybrid disordered photonic structure, implementing multifaceted light harvesting with an affordable/scalable fabrication method. The spatially segmented structures include (i) nanostructures in the active area for antireflection and (ii) microstructures in the inactive edge area for redirecting the incident light into the active area. A lithography-free hybrid disordered structure fabricated by the thermal dewetting method is a facile approach to create a large-Area photonic structure with hyperuniformity over the entire area. Based on the experimentally realized nano-/microstructures, we designed a computational model and performed an analytical calculation to confirm the light behavior and performance enhancement. Particularly, the suggested structure is manufactured by the elastomeric stamps method, which is affordable and profitable for mass production. The produced hybrid structure integrated with the multijunction solar cell presented an improved efficiency from 28.0 to 29.6% by 1.06 times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44419-44428
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume14
Issue number39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct 5

Keywords

  • Antireflection
  • Disordered structure
  • Encapsulation layer
  • Light harvesting
  • Photovoltaic
  • Solar cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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