Imaging the Spatial Evolution of Degradation in Perovskite/Si Tandem Solar Cells After Exposure to Humid Air

Zhaoning Song, Jeremie Werner, Suneth C. Watthage, Florent Sahli, Niraj Shrestha, Stefaan De Wolf, Bjorn Niesen, Adam B. Phillips, Christophe Ballif, Randy J. Ellingson, Michael J. Heben

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Monolithically integrated two-terminal perovskite/Si tandem solar cells promise to achieve high power conversion efficiency. However, there is a concern that the stability of the perovskite top cell will limit the long-term performance of tandem devices. To investigate the impact of perovskite cell degradation on the photocurrent generation and collection in the individual subcells, we employed light beam induced current mapping to spatially resolve the photocurrent under controlled humidity conditions. The evolution of the device behavior is consistent with the formation of an optically transparent hydrated perovskite phase that allows the bottom Si cell to continue to generate photocurrent at the probing wavelength (532 nm). Additional measurements were performed on perovskite thin films on glass substrates to verify the interpretation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1563-1568
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 14 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported in part by the Wright Center Endowment for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization, in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Contract No. ECCS-1665172), in part by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, in part by Space Vehicles Directorate (Contract No. FA9453-11-C-0253), in part by the Ohio Federal Research Network (Center for Materials and Manufacturing), in part by the Office of Naval Research (Contract No. N00014-17-1-2223), in part by the Swiss National Science Foundation, in part by, and in part by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, under Grant SI/501072-01.


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