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Indoor application of emerging photovoltaics - progress, challenges and perspectives

Hou, Xueyan, Wang, Yiwen, Lee, Harrison, Datt, Ram, Miano, Nicolas Uslar, Yan, Dong, Li, Meng, Zhu, Furong, Hou, Bo ORCID:, Tsoi, Wing and Li, Zhe 2020. Indoor application of emerging photovoltaics - progress, challenges and perspectives. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 8 (41) , pp. 21503-21525. 10.1039/D0TA06950G

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The development of solution-processed photovoltaic (PV) devices for indoor applications has recently attracted widespread attention owing to their outstanding potential in harvesting energy efficiently for low-power-consumption electronic devices, such as wireless sensors and internet of things (IoTs). In particular, organic PV (OPV), perovskite PV (PPV) and quantum dot PV (QDPV) are among the most promising emerging photovoltaic technologies that have already demonstrated strong commercialisation potential for this new market, owing to their excellent yet highly tuneable optoelectronic properties to meet the demands for specific applications. In this review, we summarise the recent progress in the development of OPV, PPV and QDPV for indoor applications, showing the rapid advance in their device performance in conjunction with highly diverse materials and device designs, including semi-transparent, flexible and large-area devices. The remaining challenges of these emerging indoor PV technologies that need to be urgently addressed toward their commercialisation, including in particular their limited stability and high ecotoxicity, will be discussed in detail. Potential strategies to address these challenges will also be proposed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN: 2050-7488
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 September 2020
Date of Acceptance: 21 September 2020
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 20:02

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