Analysis of CdTe photovoltaic cells for ambient light energy harvesting

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dc.contributor.author Mathews, Ian
dc.contributor.author Kantareddy, Sai Nithin Reddy
dc.contributor.author Liu, Zhe
dc.contributor.author Munshi, Amit
dc.contributor.author Barth, Kurt
dc.contributor.author Sampath, Walajabad
dc.contributor.author Buonassisi, Tonio
dc.contributor.author Peters, Ian Marius
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-18T09:34:52Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-18T09:34:52Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07-17
dc.identifier.citation Mathews, I., Kantareddy, S.N. R., Liu, Z., Munshi, A., Barth, K., Sampath, W., Buonassisi, T. and Peters, I. M. (2020) 'Analysis of CdTe photovoltaic cells for ambient light energy harvesting', Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 53(40), 405501 (7pp). doi: 10.1088/1361-6463/ab94e6 en
dc.identifier.volume 53 en
dc.identifier.issued 40 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 7 en
dc.identifier.issn 0022-3727
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10404
dc.identifier.doi 10.1088/1361-6463/ab94e6 en
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates the suitability of CdTe photovoltaic cells to be used as power sources for wireless sensors located in buildings. We fabricate and test a CdTe photovoltaic cell with a transparent conducting oxide front contact that provides for high photocurrents and low series resistance at low light intensities and measures the photovoltaic response of this cell across five orders of magnitude of AM1.5G light intensity. Efficiencies of 10% and 17.1% are measured under ~1 W m-2 AM1.5G and LED irradiance respectively, the highest values for a CdTe device under ambient lighting measured to date. We use our results to assess the potential of CdTe for internet of things devices from an optoelectronic, as well as a techno-economic perspective, considering its established manufacturing know-how, potential for low-cost, proven long-term stability and issues around the use of cadmium. en
dc.description.sponsorship GS1, Belgium (e GS1-MIT AutoID labs collaboration); U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation (DOE-NSF ERF for Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST)); National Research Foundation, Singapore (Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology’s ‘Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES)’ IRG); U.S. Department of Energy (Award No. DE-EE0008177; PVRD program); National Science Foundation (NSF AIR, NSF I/UCRC Award 1540007; NSF PFI:AIRRA program under Award No. 1538733); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Fellowship through the MIT Energy Initiative) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher IOP Publishing en
dc.rights © 2020 IOP Publishing Ltd. This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6463/ab94e6. As the Version of Record of this article has been published on a subscription basis, this Accepted Manuscript will be available for reuse under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence after a 12 month embargo period. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject CdTe en
dc.subject Energy harvesting en
dc.subject Internet of things en
dc.subject Photovoltaics en
dc.subject Solar cell en
dc.subject Wide bandgap en
dc.title Analysis of CdTe photovoltaic cells for ambient light energy harvesting en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Ian Matthews, Tyndall Photonics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: ian.mathews@tyndall.ie en
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dc.check.date 2021-07-17
dc.date.updated 2020-08-18T08:59:22Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 531280352
dc.contributor.funder Horizon 2020 en
dc.contributor.funder GS1, Belgium en
dc.contributor.funder U.S. Department of Energy en
dc.contributor.funder National Science Foundation en
dc.contributor.funder National Research Foundation, Singapore en
dc.contributor.funder Massachusetts Institute of Technology en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress ian.mathews@tyndall.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 405501 en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020::MSCA-IF-GF/746516/EU/Photon-recycling for high-efficiency energy harvesting in GaAs photovoltaic devices on silicon/RECHARGE en
dc.identifier.eissn 1361-6463


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© 2020 IOP Publishing Ltd. This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6463/ab94e6. As the Version of Record of this article has been published on a subscription basis, this Accepted Manuscript will be available for reuse under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence after a 12 month embargo period. Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as © 2020 IOP Publishing Ltd. This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6463/ab94e6. As the Version of Record of this article has been published on a subscription basis, this Accepted Manuscript will be available for reuse under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence after a 12 month embargo period.
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