Emerging Photovoltaic Technologies, a Step before Commercialization

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Optoelectronics".

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Interests: nanostructured semiconductors; third-generation photovoltaics including (perovskite, dye sensitized solar cells); organic electronics
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Interests: third-generation photovoltaic cells (perovskite, dye-sensitized and quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells); photocatalytic materials

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Dear Colleagues,

The step that follows the fabrication and validation of novel emerging photovoltaic technologies at a laboratory scale is their utilization in industrial applications, for which a low cost, large area, high throughput and high solar-to-energy power conversion efficiency, long lifetime and low toxicity are crucial attributes. In recent years, dye- and quantum-dot-sensitized (with also organic–inorganic halide perovskite) solar cells have emerged as a promising cost-effective solar cell technology, mostly studied at small laboratory scales. Therefore, the development of protocols for these technologies to step towards their industrialization is of great importance. In this Special Issue, we encourage submissions by outstanding scholars involved in the technology of third-generation photovoltaics discussing key topics in the field of industrialization, also welcoming review articles concerning emerging subjects in this topic. We expect these papers to be widely read and highly influential within the field, and all are to be collected in this Special Issue for a printed edition book after the deadline, which will be well promoted.

In particular, topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following subject areas:

  • Scale-up transfer from laboratory to industry;
  • Interconnection issues and solutions;
  • Topics on the capacity to fabricate large-area modules;
  • Long-term stability for third-generation photovoltaic modules;
  • Lifetime measurement and quantification protocols;
  • Cost-performance and life-cycle assessment analysis;
  • Toxicity issues and possible solutions;
  • Future research directions.

Prof. Dr. Elias Stathatos
Dr. Polycarpos Falaras
Dr. Bidikoudi Maria
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Keywords

  • emerging technologies
  • perovskite solar cells
  • organic photovoltaics
  • dye-sensitized solar cells
  • quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells

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Carbon Electrodes: The Rising Star for PSC Commercialization
by Maria Bidikoudi and Elias Stathatos
Electronics 2023, 12(4), 992; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics12040992 - 16 Feb 2023
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After more than 10 years of intensive optimization, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have now reached the point where the step towards their commercialization is expected. In order to move in this direction, the upscaling of devices is mandatory. However, the metal electrodes employed [...] Read more.
After more than 10 years of intensive optimization, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have now reached the point where the step towards their commercialization is expected. In order to move in this direction, the upscaling of devices is mandatory. However, the metal electrodes employed in the highest performing PSCs constitute a major obstacle, being both costly and unstable. In this review, the replacement of metal electrodes with carbon (C) electrodes in high-performing perovskite solar modules (PSMs) is presented. An overview of the background and current status is addressed, the potential of this material is highlighted and the challenges and future prospects are discussed. Full article
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