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Targeting Ideal Dual-Absorber Tandem Water Splitting Using Perovskite Photovoltaics and CuInxGa1-xSe2Photocathodes


Luo, Jingshan; Li, Zhen; Nishiwaki, Shiro; Schreier, Marcel; Mayer, Matthew T; Cendula, Peter; Lee, Yong Hui; Fu, Kunwu; Cao, Anyuan; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Romanyuk, Yaroslav E; Buecheler, Stephan; Tilley, S David; Wong, Lydia Helena; Tiwari, Ayodhya N; Grätzel, Michael (2015). Targeting Ideal Dual-Absorber Tandem Water Splitting Using Perovskite Photovoltaics and CuInxGa1-xSe2Photocathodes. Advanced Energy Materials, 5(24):online.

Abstract

Efficient sunlight-driven water splitting devices can be achieved by pairing two absorbers of different optimized bandgaps in an optical tandem design. With tunable absorption ranges and cell voltages, organic–inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells provide new opportunities for tailoring top absorbers for such devices. In this work, semitransparent perovskite solar cells are developed for use as the top cell in tandem with a smaller bandgap photocathode to enable panchromatic harvesting of the solar spectrum. A new CuInxGa1-xSe2 multilayer photocathode is designed, exhibiting excellent performance for photoelectrochemical water reduction and representing a near-ideal bottom absorber. When pairing it below a semitransparent CH3NH3PbBr3-based solar cell, a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency exceeding 6% is achieved, the highest value yet reported for a photovoltaic–photoelectrochemical device utilizing a single-junction solar cell as the bias source under one sun illumination. The analysis shows that the efficiency can reach more than 20% through further optimization of the perovskite top absorber.

Abstract

Efficient sunlight-driven water splitting devices can be achieved by pairing two absorbers of different optimized bandgaps in an optical tandem design. With tunable absorption ranges and cell voltages, organic–inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells provide new opportunities for tailoring top absorbers for such devices. In this work, semitransparent perovskite solar cells are developed for use as the top cell in tandem with a smaller bandgap photocathode to enable panchromatic harvesting of the solar spectrum. A new CuInxGa1-xSe2 multilayer photocathode is designed, exhibiting excellent performance for photoelectrochemical water reduction and representing a near-ideal bottom absorber. When pairing it below a semitransparent CH3NH3PbBr3-based solar cell, a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency exceeding 6% is achieved, the highest value yet reported for a photovoltaic–photoelectrochemical device utilizing a single-junction solar cell as the bias source under one sun illumination. The analysis shows that the efficiency can reach more than 20% through further optimization of the perovskite top absorber.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Uncontrolled Keywords:Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment, General Materials Science
Language:English
Date:12 December 2015
Deposited On:12 Jan 2016 16:19
Last Modified:23 Sep 2018 05:57
Publisher:Wiley-VCH Verlag Berlin
ISSN:1614-6832
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201501520
Official URL:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/aenm.201501520/full
Project Information:
  • : FunderFP7
  • : Grant ID291771
  • : Project TitleEPFL FELLOWS - Experienced Researcher Fellowship Programme at the "Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)"
  • : FunderFP7
  • : Grant ID621252
  • : Project TitlePECDEMO - Photoelectrochemical Demonstrator Device for Solar Hydrogen Generation

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