A theoretical study on third generation photovoltaic technology: Dye-sensitized solar cells

J. Gong, K. Sumathy

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A numerical model has been developed to investigate the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) under extreme weather conditions. The main purpose of this work is to simulate the temperature influence on the overall efficiency of DSSCs with a consideration of the voltage loss at titanium dioxide (TiO2)/ transparent conductive oxide (TCO) interface. Appropriate simulation input parameters are chosen to reflect the extreme winter weather conditions of Fargo, North Dakota. It is found that at the temperature 250 K (ca.-20 °C), the maximum power output is about 23 W/m2 which is about 50% lower than the value at 340 K (ca. 70 °C). The study reveals that low temperature conditions have serious detrimental effects on the DSSCs’ performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number256
Pages (from-to)157-160
Number of pages4
JournalRenewable Energy and Power Quality Journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - Apr 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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