- Hybrid solar cell
Hybrid photovoltaic cells are a mix of two
solar celltechnologies [ [http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy03osti/34567.pdf 2003 - NREL - Hybrid Nanorod-Polymer Solar Cell] ] .
dye-sensitized titanium dioxidecoated and sintered on a transparent semi-conducting oxide, and a p-type, polymeric conductor, such as PEDOTor PEDOT-TMA, [ [http://physconf.anu.edu.au/amrs/pages/_icem08/program_abstracts/page.php?track=17 IUMRS - ICEM 2008: Technical Program] ] [ [http://www.mrs.org/s_mrs/sec_subscribe.asp?CID=8770&DID=208196&action=detail Conjugated Polymers as part of Multifunctional Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials for Photovoltaic Applications] ] which carries electrons from the counter electrodeto the oxidized dye. Since the one polymer replaces the multi-component electrolytethe cells are expected to be far simpler to make reproducibly and should afford the same or similar form factors as the polymer solar cells. This technology, like that of the polymer cell, has not yet advanced to the performance level of that of the dye-sensitized solar celltechnology. The efficiency values are in the single digits range. One of the causes of low performance is incomplete filling of the small cavities in the titanium dioxide nanoparticles.
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