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The challenges of organic polymer solar cells

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dc.contributor.advisor Jeffrey C. Grossman. en_US Saif Addin, Burhan K. (Burhan Khalid) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering. en_US 2011-05-09T15:28:23Z 2011-05-09T15:28:23Z 2011 en_US 2011 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, 2011. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 108-110). en_US
dc.description.abstract The technical and commercial prospects of polymer solar cells were evaluated. Polymer solar cells are an attractive approach to fabricate and deploy roll-to-roll processed solar cells that are reasonably efficient (total PV system efficiency>10%), scalable and inexpensive to make and install (<100 $/m2). At a cost of less than 1$/Wp, PV systems will be able to generate electricity in most geographical locations at costs competitive to coal's electricity (at 5-6 cents/KWh) and will make electricity available to more people around the world (-20% of the world population is without electricity). In this chapter, we explore organic polymer solar cell technology. The first chapter discusses the potential impact of solar cells on electricity markets and the developing world and its promise as a sustainable scalable low carbon energy technology. The second chapter discusses some of the complexity in designing polymer solar cells from new materials and the physics involved in some detail. I also discuss the need to develop new solution processed transparent conductors, cost effective encapsulation and long life flexible substrates. The third chapter discusses polymer solar cells cost estimates and how innovative designs for new modules could reduce installation costs. In the final chapter I discussed the prospects for commercialization of polymer solar cells in several niche markets and in grid electricity markets; the commiseration prospects are dim especially with the uncertainty in the potential improvement in polymer solar cell stability. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Burhan K. Saif Addin. en_US
dc.format.extent 110 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Materials Science and Engineering. en_US
dc.title The challenges of organic polymer solar cells en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.Eng. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 717486072 en_US

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