Organic-inorganic halide perovskites: Perspectives for silicon-based tandem solar cells

Philipp Loper*, Bjoern Niesen, Soo Jin Moon, Silvia Martin De Nicolas, Jakub Holovsky, Zdenek Remes, Martin Ledinsky, Franz Josef Haug, Jun Ho Yum, Stefaan De Wolf, Christophe Ballif

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We investigate the efficiency potential of organic-inorganic halide perovskite/crystalline silicon tandem solar cells, a new class of photovoltaic devices targeting long-term cost reductions by ultrahigh conversion efficiencies. Methyl ammonium lead triiodide perovskite solar cells are particularly interesting as the top cell in Si-based tandem devices due to their suitable band gap, high photovoltage, and low sub-bandgap absorption. We derive optical models for a perovskite/Si tandem cell with Lambertian light trapping in the perovskite top cell, as well as for a top cell in the single pass limit. We find that unlike for other thin-film device architectures, light trapping is not required for the triiodide perovskite/Si tandem to reach matched top and bottom cell currents. While a Lambertian top cell could be employed in a four-terminal tandem, a top cell in the single pass limit enables a current-matched monolithic device with realistic top cell thicknesses. We calculate a limiting efficiency of 35.67% for an ideal (no parasitic absorption, ideal contacts) monolithic tandem, assuming a top cell open-circuit voltage of 1100 mV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6910221
Pages (from-to)1545-1551
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Advanced concept organic PV
  • QD enhanced
  • and thin-film PV device properties
  • modeling
  • organic-inorganic hybrid materials
  • perovskite
  • photovoltaic cells
  • tandem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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