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It is all in the Pattern—High-Efficiency Power Extraction from Polymer Solar Cells through High-Voltage Serial Connection

Authors

  • Dr. Peter Sommer-Larsen,

    1. Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde (Denmark)
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  • Dr. Mikkel Jørgensen,

    1. Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde (Denmark)
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  • Dr. Roar R. Søndergaard,

    1. Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde (Denmark)
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  • Markus Hösel,

    1. Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde (Denmark)
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  • Prof. Frederik C. Krebs

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    1. Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde (Denmark)
    • Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde (Denmark)
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Abstract

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To infinity and beyond! Large-scale deployment methods for polymer solar cells are demonstrated through the near-infinite serial connection of individual solar cells by printing an indium-tin-oxide-free solar cell stack outside of vacuum. A careful choice of pattern ensures a high device yield of 16 000 solar cells to yield a total voltage of 8.2 kV. A robustness towards partial shadowing or poorly performing individual solar cells in the array is a unique property of polymer solar cells.

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