Novel Polymer-Based Organic/c-Si Monolithic Tandem Solar Cell: Enhanced Efficiency using Interlayer and Transparent Top Electrode Engineering

Hyun Jung Park, So Hyun Park, Sang Won Lee, Yoon Mook Kang, Donghwan Kim, Hae Jung Son, Hae Seok Lee

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Abstract

Tandem solar cells which are electrically connected with various photoactive materials have the potential to solve the current challenges by exceeding the theoretically limited efficiency of single junction solar cells. Here the first monolithic organic/silicon tandem cell is reported based on a semitransparent polymer on a crystalline silicon (c-Si) substrate. Herein, experimental results are presented for four-terminal (4-T) and monolithic two-terminal (2-T) organic/c-Si tandem cells using organic cells with an inverted n-i-p structure and c-Si cells with an n-type TOPCon structure with detailed analysis. The best 4-T tandem cell efficiency is 15.22%, and 2-T results show that the top (organic) and bottom (c-Si) cells are electrically connected by an open-circuit voltage over 1.4 V. Further, a simulated efficiency of over 20% using the organic/c-Si tandem is achieved, implying the tandem efficiency can be enhanced through further improvement of electric and optical characteristics with the optimization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2100305
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Volume42
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Sep

Keywords

  • crystalline silicon
  • organic
  • photovoltaics
  • polymer
  • solar cells
  • tandem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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