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Title: A Review of Sb2Se3 Photovoltaic Absorber Materials and Thin-Film Solar Cells

Abstract

Energy generated from environmentally friendly, cost-effective solar cells is a key aspect for developing a clean renewable-energy economy. Non-toxic and Earth-abundant materials with high absorption coefficient (>10^5 cm-1) and optimal bandgap (1-1.5 eV) have received great attention as photovoltaic (PV) absorber layers during the last few decades. Among them, antimony selenide (Sb2Se3) has been a promising PV absorber, with steadily increasing power-conversion efficiency (PCE) compared to other emerging compounds. Very recent studies showed that high-quality ZnO:Al/ZnO/CdS/TiO2/Sb2Se3/MoSe2/Mo devices with PCE of 9.2% can be fabricated using cost-effective novel compounds. Considering these recent advances, this article provides an overview of the material properties of Sb2Se3 thin films and the recent progress made with Sb2Se3-based solar cells. Analysis of Sb2Se3-based thin-film solar cells has also shown that the devices have relatively good light management due to their suitable bandgap and high absorption coefficient, whereas carrier management, i.e. collection efficiency of photo-generated carriers, needs significant improvement. Overall, this study provides background knowledge on material properties and device performance and suggests main research directions to overcome the limiting factors of solar cell performance.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [3];  [4];  [4];  [4];  [5]; ORCiD logo [6];  [4];  [3];  [7];  [3]
  1. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China; Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences
  2. Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences
  3. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  4. Ritsumeikan University
  5. Qufu Normal University
  6. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  7. University of New South Wales
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Fuel Cell Technologies Office (EE-3F)
OSTI Identifier:
1606129
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5K00-76203
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Solar Energy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 201
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Sb2Se3; thin-film solar cells; photovoltaics; open-circuit voltage deficit; carrier management

Citation Formats

Mavlonov, Abdurashid, Razykov, Takhir, Raziq, Fazal, Gan, Jiantuo, Chantana, Jakapan, Kawano, Yu, Nishimura, Takahito, Wei, Haoming, Zakutayev, Andriy, Minemoto, Takashi, Zu, Xiaotao, Li, Sean, and Qiao, Liang. A Review of Sb2Se3 Photovoltaic Absorber Materials and Thin-Film Solar Cells. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1016/j.solener.2020.03.009.
Mavlonov, Abdurashid, Razykov, Takhir, Raziq, Fazal, Gan, Jiantuo, Chantana, Jakapan, Kawano, Yu, Nishimura, Takahito, Wei, Haoming, Zakutayev, Andriy, Minemoto, Takashi, Zu, Xiaotao, Li, Sean, & Qiao, Liang. A Review of Sb2Se3 Photovoltaic Absorber Materials and Thin-Film Solar Cells. United States. doi:10.1016/j.solener.2020.03.009.
Mavlonov, Abdurashid, Razykov, Takhir, Raziq, Fazal, Gan, Jiantuo, Chantana, Jakapan, Kawano, Yu, Nishimura, Takahito, Wei, Haoming, Zakutayev, Andriy, Minemoto, Takashi, Zu, Xiaotao, Li, Sean, and Qiao, Liang. Sun . "A Review of Sb2Se3 Photovoltaic Absorber Materials and Thin-Film Solar Cells". United States. doi:10.1016/j.solener.2020.03.009.
@article{osti_1606129,
title = {A Review of Sb2Se3 Photovoltaic Absorber Materials and Thin-Film Solar Cells},
author = {Mavlonov, Abdurashid and Razykov, Takhir and Raziq, Fazal and Gan, Jiantuo and Chantana, Jakapan and Kawano, Yu and Nishimura, Takahito and Wei, Haoming and Zakutayev, Andriy and Minemoto, Takashi and Zu, Xiaotao and Li, Sean and Qiao, Liang},
abstractNote = {Energy generated from environmentally friendly, cost-effective solar cells is a key aspect for developing a clean renewable-energy economy. Non-toxic and Earth-abundant materials with high absorption coefficient (>10^5 cm-1) and optimal bandgap (1-1.5 eV) have received great attention as photovoltaic (PV) absorber layers during the last few decades. Among them, antimony selenide (Sb2Se3) has been a promising PV absorber, with steadily increasing power-conversion efficiency (PCE) compared to other emerging compounds. Very recent studies showed that high-quality ZnO:Al/ZnO/CdS/TiO2/Sb2Se3/MoSe2/Mo devices with PCE of 9.2% can be fabricated using cost-effective novel compounds. Considering these recent advances, this article provides an overview of the material properties of Sb2Se3 thin films and the recent progress made with Sb2Se3-based solar cells. Analysis of Sb2Se3-based thin-film solar cells has also shown that the devices have relatively good light management due to their suitable bandgap and high absorption coefficient, whereas carrier management, i.e. collection efficiency of photo-generated carriers, needs significant improvement. Overall, this study provides background knowledge on material properties and device performance and suggests main research directions to overcome the limiting factors of solar cell performance.},
doi = {10.1016/j.solener.2020.03.009},
journal = {Solar Energy},
number = ,
volume = 201,
place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {3}
}