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Title: Lanthanide-based downshifting layers tested in a solar car race
Author: Correia, Sandra F. H.
Bastos, Ana R. N.
Fu, Lianshe
Carlos, Luís D.
André, Paulo S.
Ferreira, Rute A. S.
Keywords: Photovoltaics
Downshifting layers
Solar car
Organic-inorganic hybrids
Lanthanide ions
Issue Date: 19-Jun-2019
Publisher: Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Abstract: The mismatch between the AM1.5G spectrum and the photovoltaic (PV) cells absorption is one of the most limiting factors for PV performance. To overcome this constraint through the enhancement of solar energy harvesting, luminescent downshifting (LDS) layers are very promising to shape the incident sunlight and, thus, we report here the use of Tb3+- and Eu3+-doped organic-inorganic hybrid materials as LDS layers on Si PV cells. Electrical measurements on the PV cell, done before and after the deposition of the LDS layers, confirm the positive effect of the coatings on the cell's performance in the UV spectral region. The maximum delivered power and the maximum absolute external quantum efficiency increased 14% and 27%, respectively. Moreover, a solar powered car race was organized in which the small vehicle containing the coated PV cells presented a relative increase of 9% in the velocity, when compared to that with the uncoated one.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.29026/oea.2019.190006
ISSN: 2096-4579
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