Platinum Alloy Tailored All-Weather Solar Cells for Energy Harvesting from Sun and Rain.

Author(s) Tang, Q.; Duan, Y.; He, B.; Chen, H.
Journal Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Date Published 2016 Nov 7
Abstract

Solar cells that can harvest energy in all weathers are promising in solving the energy crisis and environmental problems. The power outputs are nearly zero under dark conditions for state-of-the-art solar cells. To address this issue, we present herein a class of platinum alloy (PtMx , M=Ni, Fe, Co, Cu, Mo) tailored all-weather solar cells that can harvest energy from rain and realize photoelectric conversion under sun illumination. By tuning the stoichiometric Pt/M ratio and M species, the optimized solar cell yields a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 10.38 % under simulated sunlight irradiation (AM 1.5, 100 mW cm(-2) ) as well as current of 3.90 μA and voltage of 115.52 μV under simulated raindrops. Moreover, the electric signals are highly dependent on the dripping velocity and the concentration of simulated raindrops along with concentrations of cation and anion.

DOI 10.1002/anie.201608584
ISSN 1521-3773
Citation Tang Q, Duan Y, He B, Chen H. Platinum Alloy Tailored All-Weather Solar Cells for Energy Harvesting from Sun and Rain. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2016;55(46):14412-14416.

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