The Physics of Solar Cells: Perovskites, Organics, and Photovoltaic Fundamentals

Juan Bisquert

CRC Press
Published November 16, 2017
Reference - 226 Pages - 200 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138099968 - CAT# K34945

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  • Focuses on optical properties and high conversion efficiency solar cells
  • Comprehensively explains solar cell physics including both disordered and highly crystalline materials.
  • Author is one of the leading experts on perovskite solar cells.
  • Discusses how devices work to produce electricity from sunlight rather than chemical properties.
  • Assembles the main principles of solar cells, perovskite and organic materials in energy devices.
  • Summary

    The book provides an explanation of the operation of photovoltaic devices from a broad perspective that embraces a variety of materials concepts, from nanostructured and highly disordered organic materials, to highly efficient devices such as the lead halide perovskite solar cells. The book establishes from the beginning a simple but very rich model of a solar cell, in order to develop and understand step by step the photovoltaic operation according to fundamental physical properties and constraints. It emphasizes the aspects pertaining to the functioning of a solar cell and the determination of limiting efficiencies of energy conversion. The final chapters of the book establish a more refined and realistic treatment of the many factors that determine the actual performance of experimental devices: transport gradients, interfacial recombination, optical losses and so forth. The book finishes with a short review of additional important aspects of solar energy conversion, such as the photonic aspects of spectral modification, and the direct conversion of solar photons to chemical fuel via electrochemical reactions.