Materials and methods for encapsulation of OPV: A review

Ahmad, Jakaria, Bazaka, Kateryna, Anderson, Liam J., White, Ronald D., & Jacob, Mohan V. (2013) Materials and methods for encapsulation of OPV: A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 27, pp. 104-117.

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Amongst alternative energy sources, photovoltaics hold a considerable promise for it is a plentiful, easily accessible and renewable source of power. Yet, the overall cost of generating electricity using the most advanced silicon based solar cells remains high compared to both traditional and other renewable power generation approaches. Organic thin film photovoltaics are an emerging economically competitive photovoltaic technology that combines manufacturing adaptability, low-cost processing and a lightweight, flexible device end-product. At present, however, commercial use of organic photovoltaics is hindered by low conversion efficiency and poor overall stability of the devices. Encapsulation with high barrier performance materials and structures is one of the key ways to address these issues and improve device lifetime. This paper will briefly outline the current understanding of the major degradation mechanisms, their interrelation and the internal and external factors that initiate these processes. Then, the paper will provide an overview of currently available encapsulant materials, their utility in limiting chemical (water vapor and oxygen penetration) and mechanical degradation within individual layers and device as a whole, and potential drawbacks to their application in organic photovoltaic devices.

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ID Code: 92064
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: organic photovoltaic, encapsulation, organic solar cells, efficiency
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2013.06.027
ISSN: 1879-0690
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MATERIALS ENGINEERING (091200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2016 03:54
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 03:39

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