A Simple Cost-Effective Approach to Enhance Performance of Bifacial Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Ashim Gurung, Hytham Elbohy, Devendra Khatiwada, Abu Farzan Mitul, Qiquan Qiao

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A simple cost-effective approach was demonstrated to increase the rear efficiency and ratio of rear-to-front efficiencies for bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). This was achieved by enhancing the transparency of the counter electrode of the DSC using a composite of platinum- and aluminum-doped zinc oxide (Pt/AZO). The thermally deposited composite Pt/AZO counter electrodes exhibited transmittance T550 nm = 0.70-0.74 versus Pt with 0.63. The comparable front power conversion efficiency (PCEfront) of fabricated DSCs using the composite Pt/AZO counter electrodes suggested that the presence of AZO in the composite had minimal effect on the catalytic activity of the platinum. DSCs with composite Pt/AZO counter electrode presented superior rear PCEs compared with platinum counterparts and was attributed to higher short-circuit current density Jsc resulting from the larger transmittance of the composite counter electrode. The higher PCErear/PCEfront of the composite-based DSCs compared with Pt-based DSC suggested that such transparent composite counter electrodes could be employed in bifacial DSCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7470245
Pages (from-to)912-917
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Electron transport layer
  • interface modification
  • metal oxide
  • organic solar cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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