New microscale vertically oriented organic photovoltaics cells

Curran, Seamus A., Glennie, James, Dewald, James, Dias, Sampath, Yambem, Soniya D., Alley, Nigel J., Haldar, Amrita and Liao, Kang-Shyang (2010). New microscale vertically oriented organic photovoltaics cells. In: Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, Honolulu Hi, (955-961). Jun 20-25, 2010. doi:10.1109/PVSC.2010.5614589

Author Curran, Seamus A.
Glennie, James
Dewald, James
Dias, Sampath
Yambem, Soniya D.
Alley, Nigel J.
Haldar, Amrita
Liao, Kang-Shyang
Title of paper New microscale vertically oriented organic photovoltaics cells
Conference name 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Conference location Honolulu Hi
Conference dates Jun 20-25, 2010
Proceedings title Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Piscataway, United States
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1109/PVSC.2010.5614589
Open Access Status
ISSN 0160-8371
Start page 955
End page 961
Total pages 7
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
We initially look at the changing energy environment and how that can have a dramatic change on the potential of alternative energies, in particular those of organic photovoltaicvs (OPV) cells. In looking at OPV's we also address the aspects of where we are with the current art and why we may not be getting the best from our materials. In doing so, we propose the idea of changing how we build organic photovoltaics by addressing the best method to contain light within the devices. Our initial effort is in addressing how these microscale optical concentrators work in the form of optical fibers in terms of absorption. We have derived a mathematical method which takes account of the input angle of light to achieve optimum absorption. However, in doing so we also address the complex issue how the changing refractive indices in a multilayer device can alter how we input the light. We have found that by knowing the materials refractive index our model takes into account the incident plane, meridonal plane, cross sectional are and path length to ensure optical angular input. Secondly, we also address the practicalities of making such vertical structures the greater issue of changing light intensity incident on a solar cell and how that aspects alters how we view the performance of organic solar cells.
Keyword Solar-cells
Alternative energy
Light intensity
Mathematical method
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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