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Polymer-based solar cells. By: Víctor Castillo MEEN 3344. Composition. Thin films of polymers Small-molecule compounds like: Polyphenylene vinylene Copper Phthalocyanine Carbon fullerenes. Characteristics. Lightweight Very designable Low environmental impact Plasticized look

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polymer based solar cells

Polymer-based solar cells

By:

Víctor Castillo

MEEN 3344

composition
Composition
  • Thin films of polymers
  • Small-molecule compounds like:
  • Polyphenylene vinylene
  • Copper Phthalocyanine
  • Carbon fullerenes
characteristics
Characteristics
  • Lightweight
  • Very designable
  • Low environmental impact
  • Plasticized look
  • Dark in color
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Uses
  • Low energy calculators
  • Battery chargers
  • Electrical feeders
  • Charging backpacks
vs silicon cells
Advantages:

Cheaper (about one-tenth)

Environment

Disadvantages:

Efficiency (only ¼ compared to silicon)

Degradation

Vs Silicon cells
references
References
  • Bailey, S., Harris, J., Hepp, A., Anglin, E., Raffaelle, R. Thin film organic solar cells for space power. Nasa Glenn Resarch Center.
  • Wikipedia. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cell#Cost_benefit
  • Dennler G., and Sariciftci N.S. Flexible Conjugated Polymer-Based Plastic Solar Cells. 2005
  • Winters, Jeffrey. Catching more rays.
  • Plastic, Crystal-Based Solar Cells Being Developed 9/7/2006. www.photonics.com//content/news/2006/september/7/84392.a