Effects of concentrated sunlight on organic photovoltaics

Thomas Tromholt, Eugene A. Katz, Baruch Hirsch, Alexis Vossier, Frederik C. Krebs

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We report the effects of concentrated sunlight on key photovoltaic parameters and stability of organic photovoltaics (OPV). Sunlight collected and concentrated outdoors was focused into an optical fiber and delivered onto a 1cm2 bulk-heterojunction cell. Sunlight concentration C was varied gradually from 0.2 to 27 suns. Power conversion efficiency exhibited slow increase with C that was followed by saturation around 2% at C=0.5-2.5 suns and subsequent strong reduction. Possible OPV applications in stationary solar concentrators (C2 suns) are discussed. Finally, experiments at C=55-58 suns demonstrated potential of our approach for accelerated studies of light induced mechanisms in the OPV degradation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number073501
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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