We report the fabrication of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) using low-cost materials (carbon ink from an inkjet printer coated on glass as the counter electrode) and made by a combination of spray deposition and doctor blade methods. We noted that the efficiency of the DSSC with the carbon-coated electrode (1.13%) was comparable to that with a platinum-coated counter electrode (1.16%). We also proposed an equivalent circuit for this solar cell. The value of the charge-transfer resistance was determined both experimentally and analytically, and we found that both approaches produced the same results. Moreover, we improved the efficiency of DSSC based carbon by depositing copper nanoparticle into the space between Titanium Dioxide (TiOv2) nanoparticle using electroplating methods.
A New Approach for Fabricating Low Cost DSSC by Using Carbon-Ink From Inkjet Printer and Its Improvement Efficiency by Depositing Metal Bridge Between Titanium Dioxide Particles
Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING: Including Wind Energy and Building Energy Conservation. Manuscript received November 30, 2013; final manuscript received April 22, 2014; published online June 3, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Santiago Silvestre.
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Saehana, S., Darsikin, Yuliza, E., Arifin, P., Khairurrijal, and Abdullah, M. (June 3, 2014). "A New Approach for Fabricating Low Cost DSSC by Using Carbon-Ink From Inkjet Printer and Its Improvement Efficiency by Depositing Metal Bridge Between Titanium Dioxide Particles." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. November 2014; 136(4): 044504. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4027695
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