Dye ingredients and energy conversion efficiency at natural dye sensitized solar cells


ÖZBAY KARAKUŞ M. , KOCA İ. , Er O., ÇETİN H.

OPTICAL MATERIALS, vol.66, pp.552-558, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 66
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.optmat.2017.03.007
  • Title of Journal : OPTICAL MATERIALS
  • Page Numbers: pp.552-558

Abstract

In this work, natural dyes extracted from the same genus but different species flowers were used as sensitizer in Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC). To clearly show dye ingredients effect on electrical characteristics, the same genus flowers were selected. The dye ingredients were analyzed by Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS). The dyes were modified by a procedure that includes refluxing in acetone. All results indicate a relationship between gallic acid quantity in dyes and solar cell efficiency. To gain further insight, the solar cell parameters were obtained by using the single-diode and double-diode models and they were compared to each other. It was observed that the applied process causes a decrease in series resistance. How the modification process and gallic acid affect energy conversion efficiency were argued in detail in the frame of results that were obtained from solar cell models. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.