Efficiently-cooled plasmonic amorphous silicon solar cells integrated with a nano-coated heat-pipe plate

Zhang, Y, Du, Y, Shum, C, Cai, B, Le, N, Chen, X, Duck, B, Fell, C, Zhu, Y and Gu, M 2016, 'Efficiently-cooled plasmonic amorphous silicon solar cells integrated with a nano-coated heat-pipe plate', Scientific Reports, vol. 6, 24972, pp. 1-8.

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Title Efficiently-cooled plasmonic amorphous silicon solar cells integrated with a nano-coated heat-pipe plate
Author(s) Zhang, Y
Du, Y
Shum, C
Cai, B
Le, N
Chen, X
Duck, B
Fell, C
Zhu, Y
Gu, M
Year 2016
Journal name Scientific Reports
Volume number 6
Article Number 24972
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Nature
Abstract Solar photovoltaics (PV) are emerging as a major alternative energy source. The cost of PV electricity depends on the efficiency of conversion of light to electricity. Despite of steady growth in the efficiency for several decades, little has been achieved to reduce the impact of real-world operating temperatures on this efficiency. Here we demonstrate a highly efficient cooling solution to the recently emerging high performance plasmonic solar cell technology by integrating an advanced nano-coated heat-pipe plate. This thermal cooling technology, efficient for both summer and winter time, demonstrates the heat transportation capability up to ten times higher than those of the metal plate and the conventional wickless heat-pipe plates. The reduction in temperature rise of the plasmonic solar cells operating under one sun condition can be as high as 46%, leading to an approximate 56% recovery in efficiency, which dramatically increases the energy yield of the plasmonic solar cells. This newly-developed, thermally-managed plasmonic solar cell device significantly extends the application scope of PV for highly efficient solar energy conversion.
Subject Biomedical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Capillary performance
Photovoltaic cells
Transfer devices
Composite wicks
DOI - identifier 10.1038/srep24972
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