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Dye Sensitized Solar Cell

Author(s):

Mr. C. Manimaran , IFET COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING; S. Vimalraj, IFET COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING; K. Rajesh Kumar, IFET COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Keywords:

Dye Sensitized Cells, Butea Monosperma, Titanium Di-Oxide, Vanadium Pentoxide

Abstract

Energy crisis is what being faced by every country today. Many efforts have been devoted to overcome the problems. One of several offered solutions is to develop solar cells (SCs) since solar energy is abundant and free to use. Solar energy is available a whole year with quite high power 450 mWcm-2. Several types of SCs, especially silicon-based, have been mass-produced and applied in our daily life. Silicon-based SC has high efficiency yet has high price. Dye Sensitized Solar Cell is an inexpensive type of SC. The natural ingredients could be utilized as dyes for DSSC. In this research, Butea monosperma extract was employed as the dye for TiO2-based DSSC. In pursuit of an abundant, inexpensive and stable counter electrode as an alternative to platinum for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), we report a new, low-cost substitute material. Here for the first time, we demonstrate that V2O5 can be used as a counter electrode material in DSSCs. We note that the efficiency of DSSCs with commercial V2O5 and hydrothermal treated V2O5 are upto 1.2% and 1.6%, respectively. The results indicate that, with optimization, V2O5 can be a promising choice to replace platinum from a cost perspective. The innovation of new economical counter electrodes offers a potential way to cut down the industrial costs which is crucial for large-scale production and commercial applications of DSSCs.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV6I20352
Published in: Volume : 6, Issue : 2
Publication Date: 01/05/2018
Page(s): 1022-1025

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