Performance enhancement of natural pigments on a high light transmission ZrO2 nanoparticle layer in a water-based dye-sensitized solar cell

Yen-Hsun Su, Yi Sheng Lai

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Abstract

SUMMARY: A coating of ZrO2 nanoparticles on an indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate in an alcohol and acetic acid solution forms voids that can be used to tune the effective dielectric constant of mixing layers. After tuning to be between the dielectric constant of ITO (2.5-2.0) and air (~1), the light transmission was enhanced by about eight times. A ZrO2 nanoparticle layer with high light transmission was thus fabricated for a natural pigment-sensitized solar cell. In order to set up an environmentally friendly dye-sensitized solar cell, a water-based electrolyte was used. The efficiency of the green part of Codiaeum varie pigment on the ZrO2 nanoparticle layer was 0.688%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-443
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Energy Research
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar 25

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Light transmission
Pigments
Nanoparticles
Tin oxides
Indium
Permittivity
Water
Acetic acid
Solar cells
Alcohols
Tuning
Electrolytes
Coatings
Substrates
Air
Dye-sensitized solar cells

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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