CHAPTER 1

Reliably Measuring the Performance of Emerging Photovoltaic Solar Cells

Matthew O. Reese, Ashley R. Marshall, Gary Rumbles

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Abstract

Determining the power conversion efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells, especially those from new, emerging areas of technology, is important if advances in performance are to be made. However, although precise measurements are important, it is the accuracy of these types of measurements that can cause issues. Accurate measurements not only promote the development of new technology platforms, but they also enable comparisons with established technologies and allow assessments of advancements within the same field. This chapter provides insights into how measurements can be made with reasonable accuracy using both the components of the measuring system and a good protocol to acquire good data. The chapter discusses how to measure a calibrated lamp spectrum, determine a spectral mismatch factor, identify the correct reference cell and filter, define the illuminated active area, measure J-V curves to avoid any hysteresis effects, take note of sample degradation issues and avoid the temptation to artificially enhance efficiency data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Pages1-32
Number of pages32
Edition45
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

Publication series

NameRSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Number45
Volume2018-January
ISSN (Print)1757-7136
ISSN (Electronic)1757-7144

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
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Reese, M. O., Marshall, A. R., & Rumbles, G. (2018). CHAPTER 1: Reliably Measuring the Performance of Emerging Photovoltaic Solar Cells. In RSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (45 ed., pp. 1-32). (RSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Vol. 2018-January, No. 45). Royal Society of Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1039/9781782626749-00001

CHAPTER 1 : Reliably Measuring the Performance of Emerging Photovoltaic Solar Cells. / Reese, Matthew O.; Marshall, Ashley R.; Rumbles, Gary.

RSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 45. ed. Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018. p. 1-32 (RSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Vol. 2018-January, No. 45).

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Reese, MO, Marshall, AR & Rumbles, G 2018, CHAPTER 1: Reliably Measuring the Performance of Emerging Photovoltaic Solar Cells. in RSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 45 edn, RSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, no. 45, vol. 2018-January, Royal Society of Chemistry, pp. 1-32. https://doi.org/10.1039/9781782626749-00001
Reese MO, Marshall AR, Rumbles G. CHAPTER 1: Reliably Measuring the Performance of Emerging Photovoltaic Solar Cells. In RSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 45 ed. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018. p. 1-32. (RSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; 45). https://doi.org/10.1039/9781782626749-00001
Reese, Matthew O. ; Marshall, Ashley R. ; Rumbles, Gary. / CHAPTER 1 : Reliably Measuring the Performance of Emerging Photovoltaic Solar Cells. RSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 45. ed. Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018. pp. 1-32 (RSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; 45).
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