Current matching using cdse quantum dots to enhance the power conversion efficiency of ingap/gaas/ge tandem solar cells

Ya Ju Lee, Yung Chi Yao, Meng Tsan Tsai, An Fan Liu, Min De Yang, Jiun Tsuen Lai

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Abstract

A III-V multi-junction tandem solar cell is the most efficient photovoltaic structure that offers an extremely high power conversion efficiency. Current mismatching between each subcell of the device, however, is a significant challenge that causes the experimental value of the power conversion efficiency to deviate from the theoretical value. In this work, we explore a promising strategy using CdSe quantum dots (QDs) to enhance the photocurrent of the limited subcell to match with those of the other subcells and to enhance the power conversion efficiency of InGaP/GaAs/Ge tandem solar cells. The underlying mechanism of the enhancement can be attributed to the QD’s unique capacity for photon conversion that tailors the incident spectrum of solar light; the enhanced efficiency of the device is therefore strongly dependent on the QD’s dimensions. As a result, by appropriately selecting and spreading 7 mg/mL of CdSe QDs with diameters of 4.2 nm upon the InGaP/GaAs/Ge solar cell, the power conversion efficiency shows an enhancement of 10.39% compared to the cell’s counterpart without integrating CdSe QDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A953-A963
JournalOptics Express
Volume21
Issue number106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov 4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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