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Interfacial engineering of hybridized solar cells for simultaneously harvesting solar and rain energies

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Photovoltaics have been regarded as a promising solution to energy and environmental problems, however the state-of-the-art photovoltaics cannot harvest energy or therefore generate electricity in completely dark conditions. To address this issue, we present here the realization of physical proof-of-concept hybridized solar cells by tailoring photovoltaics with polyaniline and its derivates for harvesting energy from the sun and rain. Through interfacial engineering, the optimized polyaniline–graphene/PtCo tailored solar cell yields a photo efficiency of 9.09% under air mass 1.5 illumination and a dark efficiency of up to 25.58% as well as current and voltage under the stimulus of real rain. This work may enable scientists to explore advanced all-weather solar cells revolutionizing photovoltaics.

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The article was received on 10 Jun 2017, accepted on 09 Aug 2017 and first published on 09 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05050J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Advance Article
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    Interfacial engineering of hybridized solar cells for simultaneously harvesting solar and rain energies

    Y. Wang, J. Duan, Y. Duan, Y. Zhao, Z. Pang, B. He and Q. Tang, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05050J

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