EU COST Action MP1307 - Unravelling the degradation mechanisms of emerging solar cell technologies

Tom Aernouts, Francesca Brunetti, Jesus De La Fuente, Nieves Espinosa, Antonio Urbina, Marta Fonrodona, Monica Lira-Cantu, Yulia Galagan, Harald Hoppe, Eugene Katz, Marta Ramos, Moritz Riede, Koen Vandewal, Sjoerd Veenstra, Elizabeth Von Hauff

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Abstract

Organic and hybrid perovskite based solar cells have a huge potential to significantly contribute to a clean electricity supply of the future. However, so far they exhibit complex and hierarchical degradation paths and their understanding can only be acquired through the application of complementary chemical and physical characterization techniques. This limited device stability is the main hurdle for a successful and large scale market introduction of these emerging solar cell technologies. Our StableNextSol Action has created a highly interdisciplinary network of laboratories, as well as corresponding industry, overall more than 120 partners, with complementary analytical techniques for the study and understanding of the degradation mechanisms occurring in state-of-the-art devices. Our Action integrates and generates fundamental knowledge and expertise to foster disruptive innovations targeted to mitigate device failure and to propose and develop new concepts for more stable solar cells. Value is added to the entire value chain of photovoltaic research at European and international level, as well as variety decision makers in the public sector by supporting specialisation policy and standards still lacking in this research field. The outcome of the Action will contribute to resolve the global challenges facing the industry and this COST Action initiative has brought together all these expertises and resources to promote the cooperation between different sectors, academia, public authorities and industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference: Intelligent and Efficient Technologies and Services for the Citizen, MELECON 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509000579
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2016
Event18th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference, MELECON 2016 - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 18 Apr 201620 Apr 2016

Conference

Conference18th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference, MELECON 2016
CountryCyprus
CityLimassol
Period18/04/1620/04/16

Keywords

  • COST Action
  • degradation mechanisms
  • organic solar cells
  • perovskite solar cells
  • photovoltaic
  • solar cell
  • stability

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