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Advanced Materials - Device Performance of Emerging Photovoltaic Materials (Version 1) released

01/2021 - As part of the Emerging PV Initiative the results of the best research cells are regularly summarized and published by Wiley in Advanced Materials. The first version of the tables just got published.

Emerging photovoltaics (PVs) focus on a variety of applications complementing large scale electricity generation. Organic, dye-sensitized, and some perovskite solar cells are considered in building integration, greenhouses, wearable, and indoor applications, thereby motivating research on flexible, transparent, semitransparent, and multi-junction PVs. Nevertheless, it can be very time consuming to find or develop an up-to-date overview of the state-of-the-art performance for these systems and applications. Two important resources for recording research cells efficiencies are the National Renewable Energy Laboratory chart and the efficiency tables compiled biannually by Martin Green and colleagues. Both publications provide an effective coverage over the established technologies, bridging research and industry. An alternative approach is proposed here summarizing the best reports in the diverse research subjects for emerging PVs. Best performance parameters are provided as a function of the photovoltaic bandgap energy for each technology and application, and are put into perspective using, e.g., the Shockley–Queisser limit. In all cases, the reported data correspond to published and/or properly described certified results, with enough details provided for prospective data reproduction. Additionally, the stability test energy yield is included as an analysis parameter among state-of-the-art emerging PVs.

Data on the best performing research cells is collected via the Emerging PV Initiative Website. The first version of the resulting tables together with the methodology behind the approach was jus published by Wiley. To keep the emerging PV tables up to date and at the edge of current PV-research we teamed up with some of the best PV researchers from all continents:

Osbel Almora
Derya Baran
Guillermo C. Bazan
Christian Berger
Carlos I. Cabrera
Kylie R. Catchpole
Sule Erten-Ela, Fei Guo
Jens Hauch
Anita W. Y. Ho-Baillie
T. Jesper Jacobsson
Rene A. J. Janssen
Thomas Kirchartz
Nikos Kopidakis
Yongfang Li
Maria A. Loi
Richard R. Lunt
Xavier Mathew
Michael D. McGehee
Jie Min, David B. Mitzi
Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin
Jenny Nelson
Ana F. Nogueira
Ulrich W. Paetzold
Nam-Gyu Park
Barry P. Rand
Uwe Rau
Henry J. Snaith
Eva Unger
Lídice Vaillant-Roca
Hin-Lap Yip
Christoph J. Brabec

You can find the full text of the tables at this DOI: 10.1002/aenm.202002774

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