Semi-transparent plastic solar cell based on oxide-metal-oxide multilayer electrodes

Dong Chan Lim, Jae Hoon Jeong, Kihyon Hong, Sungho Nho, Joo Yul Lee, Quoc Viet Hoang, Sang Kyu Lee, Kyunglim Pyo, Dongil Lee, Shinuk Cho

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Semi-transparent plastic solar cells are currently highly attractive for their potential as the most prominent components for building-integrated photovoltaics. However, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of semi-transparent plastic solar cells still lags behind due to the lack of a suitable transparent top electrode which can be easily fabricated. Here, we demonstrate high performance semi-transparent plastic solar cells by introducing an oxide-metal-oxide (OMO) multilayer composed of MoO3 and Ag as a transparent top electrode. Because the conductivity of the OMO electrode is governed by an intermediate Ag layer sandwiched between 2 MoO3 layers, the PCE also strongly depends on the thickness of the intermediate Ag layer in the OMO electrode. By controlling the thickness of Ag layer, we obtained various PCE values from 4.5% with ~50% maximum transparency in the visible region to 9.1% with ~5% maximum transparency in the visible region. In addition, in order to get closer to practical application, 2 sizes of mini-module devices were fabricated on a larger (10.0 cm × 10.0 cm) substrate for outdoor operation and small-sized (7.0 cm × 5.0 cm) substrates for indoor operation were demonstrated using 3 materials of different color.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-195
Number of pages8
JournalProgress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS). The portion of this research conducted at the University of Ulsan was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea grant (2009‐0093818, 2014R1A4A1071686, 2017R1A2B4003583) and the SBS Foundation.

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Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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