A theoretical study on third generation photovoltaic technology: dye-sensitized Solar Cells

J. Gong, K. Sumathy
2012 The Renewable Energies and Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ)  
A numerical model has been developed to investigate the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) under extreme weather conditions. The main purpose of this work is to simulate the temperature influence on the overall efficiency of DSSCs with a consideration of the voltage loss at titanium dioxide (TiO 2 )/ transparent conductive oxide (TCO) interface. Appropriate simulation input parameters are chosen to reflect the extreme winter weather conditions of Fargo, North Dakota. It is found
more » ... akota. It is found that at the temperature 250 K (ca. -20 °C), the maximum power output is about 23 W/m 2 which is about 50% lower than the value at 340 K (ca. 70 °C). The study reveals that low temperature conditions have serious detrimental effects on the DSSCs' performance.
doi:10.24084/repqj10.256 fatcat:qnxjymud5vajff4v7qojgdeufi