Hill climbing hysteresis of perovskite-based solar cells: a maximum power point tracking investigation

The surge of the power conversion efficiency of metal halide lead perovskite solar cells comes with concerns, such as the long-term ecotoxicity of lead compounds, their sensitivity toward moisture and oxygen, or the scarcity of some of their components. Most perovskite solar cells still suffer from serious stability problems when measured under real working conditions (maximum power point tracking at 60 degrees C). In the long run, stability will certainly decide on the fate of CH3NH3PbI3 and related lead perovskites for their use in photovoltaic modules. Herein, we show an effective and inexpensive strategy to perform ageing of perovskite solar cells under maximum power point tracking. For the first time, we analyze the issue of power extraction from solar cells exhibiting hysteresis. We show that a standard tracking algorithm such as perturb and observe fails to converge to the maximum power point of the solar cell if it exhibits j(V) hysteresis, and we present an effective strategy to stabilize the algorithm. We show that enforcing oscillations in forward bias can boost the mean power output of some perovskite solar cells by more than 10%, in contrast to a reference crystalline silicon solar cell. Copyright (c) 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


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Progress In Photovoltaics, 25, 11, 942-950
Year:
2017
Publisher:
Hoboken, Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:
1062-7995
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