“One-key-reset” recycling of whole perovskite solar cell

Kai Wang, Tao Ye, Xu Huang, Yuchen Hou, Jungjin Yoon, Dong Yang, Xiaowen Hu, Xiaofang Jiang, Congcong Wu, Guofu Zhou, Shashank Priya

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Sustainably recycling photovoltaic (PV) products at the end of their life cycle is essential for reducing environmental impact and saving costs on raw materials. Halide perovskite PVs currently suffer from a short lifespan, and recycling and remaking could equivalently extend their life cycle. Here, we report an effective and rapid “one-key reset” recycling paradigm to collect all the functional layer components from a used PV device at a high material extraction efficiency. A remade device incorporating all the layers, including recycled indium tin oxide/tin oxide substrate, perovskite, spiro-OMeTAD, and gold, exhibits an average power conversion efficiency of over 20%. This finding that the recycled device exhibits identical performance compared with the original, while providing enormous savings in cost, time, and energy, could lead to a recycling route that will dramatically lower the levelized cost of energy of perovskite PVs and enhance their competitiveness in future energy markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2522-2541
Number of pages20
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 7 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)


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