Bandgap Engineering Enhances the Performance of Mixed-Cation Perovskite Materials for Indoor Photovoltaic Applications

Ming Ju Wu, Chien Chen Kuo, Lu Syuan Jhuang, Po Han Chen, Yi Fong Lai, Fang-Chung Chen*

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Abstract

Indoor photovoltaics (IPVs) are attracting renewed interest because they can provide sustainable energy through the recycling of photon energy from household lighting facilities. Herein, the Shockley–Queisser model is used to calculate the upper limits of the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of perovskite solar cells (PeSCs) for two types of artificial light sources: fluorescent tubes (FTs) and white light–emitting diodes (WLEDs). An unusual zone is found in which the dependence of the PCEs on the bandgap (Eg) under illumination from the indoor lighting sources follows trends different from that under solar irradiation. In other words, IPVs exhibiting high performance under solar irradiation may not perform well under indoor lighting conditions. Furthermore, the ideal bandgap energy for harvesting photonic power from these indoor lighting sources is ≈1.9 eV—a value higher than that of common perovskite materials (e.g., for CH3NH3PbI3). Accordingly, Br ions are added into the perovskite films to increase their values of Eg. A resulting PeSC featuring a wider bandgap exhibits PCEs of 25.94% and 25.12% under illumination from an FT and a WLED, respectively. Additionally, large-area (4 cm2) devices are prepared for which the PCE reaches ≈18% under indoor lighting conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1901863
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • bandgap
  • indoor
  • perovskites
  • photovoltaics

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