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Conjunction of fiber solar cells with groovy micro-reflectors as highly efficient energy harvesters

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Abstract

Solar cells are the most effective approach for sustainable energy to meet the world's increasing needs in energy. However, their large-scale applications have been limited by low cost performance, supply of raw materials, complex preparation processes and the possible pollutions produced during processing. Here we introduce a novel fiber solar cell housed in a simple and low-cost parabolic-shape reflector, which can effectively capture diffuse light from all directions. The maximum efficiency of the fiber based dye-sensitized solar cells alone reached 7.02%. Furthermore, the maximum power output was enhanced by a factor of two and five, respectively, when the fiber was in conjunction with a diffuse reflector or a micro-light concentrating groove.

Graphical abstract: Conjunction of fiber solar cells with groovy micro-reflectors as highly efficient energy harvesters

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The article was received on 07 Apr 2011, accepted on 02 Jun 2011 and first published on 15 Jul 2011


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C1EE01427G
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2011,4, 3379-3383
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    Conjunction of fiber solar cells with groovy micro-reflectors as highly efficient energy harvesters

    Y. Fu, Z. Lv, S. Hou, H. Wu, D. Wang, C. Zhang, Z. Chu, X. Cai, X. Fan, Z. L. Wang and D. Zou, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 3379
    DOI: 10.1039/C1EE01427G

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