Novel Polymer Additive Significantly Improves Photovoltaic Efficiency of Existing Systems
University of Chicago, IL, United States
The Yu group has developed a polymer that, when incorporated as part of a ternary blend, increases the Power Conversion Efficiency (PCE) by 13%. The system widens the photon absorption range and increases the charge separation and transport resulting in PCE increases in each of the binary systems studied.
Primary Application Area: Energy & Efficiency
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: This material, when incorporated as part of an OPV system, increases the Power Conversion Efficiency by 13% resulting in cost savings for installation.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 637
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Government Funding/Support to Date: Funding support came from the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant
Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners