(The Gist of Science Reporter) Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) with Improved Solar Cell
(The Gist of Science Reporter) Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) with Improved Solar Cell Efficiency [SEPTEMBER-2019]
Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) with Improved Solar Cell Efficiency
SCIENTISTS from IIT Hyderabad along with other researchers have developed a solar cell based on inexpensive New Fuchsin (NF) dye with aqueous electrolyte and platinum-free counter electrodes.
Conventionally, solar cells are made of silicon which is quite expensive and fabrication is also costly. New Fuchsin dye is traditionally used to produce kumkum or vermillion. DSSC is cheap, non-toxic, insoluble in water as well as eco-friendly and contains three components monolayers of dye molecules adsorbed on semiconductor material, Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) deposited on transparent conductive oxides, and a liquid electrolyte with a surplus of electrons. DSSC is a third-generation thin-film molecular conversion device which mimics the process of photosynthesis. It can serve as a solution to the drawbacks faced by conventional silicon-based solar cells. The study has been published in the journal Solar Energy.