Testing organic solar cells: Objectives

  • Enhance our understanding and contribute to future improvements in organic photovoltaics.
  • Establish an evaluation platform that integrates device modelling, processing and characterisation.
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Full project title: Evaluation platform for polymer solar cells - Morphoso (N-INNER I)

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Project:

Testing organic solar cells (2007-2010)

This project aimed to find ways to enhance our understanding of how best to use organic materials for the conversion of sunlight into electricity. It developed a platform for the evaluation of organic photovoltaic solar cells.

Participants

  • Project leader:
  • Uli Würfel
  • Freiburg Materials Research Centre, Germany
  • Project Institutions:
  • Chalmers University of Technology, SE
  • University of Oslo, NO
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU), DK
  • University of Iceland, IS

Project results

A better understanding of the fundamental process taking place when operating an organic solar cell was achieved  through cooperation between Northern European partners in the project Morphoso. Organic solar cells have the potential for low production costs, but still major tasks still have to be addressed before we will see the technology rolled out on a large scale. Some of these were tackled in a project funded by N-INNER.

The overall aim of the project consortium was to enhance our understanding and contribute to the process of setting the basis for future improvements and thus pushing organic photovoltaics closer to real applications. The three partners combined their practical efforts and academic insights and engaged in fruitful scientific discussions on how to best improve the technology. This exhange of ideas between researchers from different Nordic countries and Germany was a valuable contribution to the project and to the advancement of polymer solar cells. Solar cells were built with different materials in all three labs and standard configurations were defined.

An evaluation platform was established that integrates device modelling, processing and characterisation to find the theoretical and experimental correlation between the thin film process, its nanomorphology and the charge carrier generation and transport in organic solar cells. In addition, the project also focused on the stability issue of organic solar cells.

For a deeper insight into the results of the report, download the scientific report.

 

 

Project objectives

  • Enhance our understanding and contribute to the process of setting the basis for future improvements in organic photovoltaics.
  • Establish an evaluation platform that integrates device modelling, processing and characterisation to find the theoretical and experimental correlation between the thin film process, its nanomorphology and the charge carrier generation and transport in organic solar cells.