Investigation of electrical values of low-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs)

Kutlu N.

ENERGY, vol.199, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier


Indium-tin-oxide (ITO)/density (d)- titanium dioxide (TiO2)/nonporous (nonp)-TiO2 is a TiO2-based bilayer photoanode. These photoanodes coated for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were with nonp-TiO2 surface and had very thick ITO layer. DSSCs were fabricated with these photoanodes. After their current density-voltage (J-V) were analyzed, it was seen that they were low efficiency and the shape of their J-V curve was linear line instead of rectangle. In this study, it was examined the relationship between the dark current (I-DC), the series resistance (Rs) and the shunt resistance (Rsh) were examined for evaluating the fill factor (FF) of low-efficiency DSSCs because of the photoanodes with nonp-TiO2 surfaces and very thick ITO for contact layer. It was seen in the J-V graph of DSSCs which had low FF value due to their I-DC and low Rsh. The J-V graph of low-efficiency DSSCs is linear due to their low Rsh and high Rs values. Moreover, the too thick ITO layer decreases the resistance of photoanodes; however, electrons in these photoanodes can not efficiently transferred to external circuit from ITO contact layer of DSSCs. (C) 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.