Detail Inovasi Perguruan Tinggi

Tema: Rekayasa Instrumentasi dan Energi
Judul: Efficiency enhancement of TiO2 (active material) solar cell by inserting copper particles grown with pulse voltage electroplating method
Perguruan Tinggi: Universitas Telkom
Jenis/sdm: dosen/0416017601

Tahun: 2017

Here, we report the manufacture of a solar cell using TiO2 nanoparticles as photon absorbers and copper bridges inserted between the TiO2 particles. The copper bridges were synthesized by the pulse voltage electroplating method, and the effect of the pulse duty cycle was explored. The amount of copper deposited between TiO2 particles can be controlled by varying the duty cycles and the deposition time. We found that the cell fabricated by the deposition of copper at duty cycles of 60  and a deposition time of 30 s exhibited the highest efficiency (2.21 ). Efficiency was improved to 3.5  following the post-treatment of the cell with NaOH. We also proposed a simple mathematical model to explain the dependence of the efficiency on the amount of copper. Efficiencies of more than 3  for solar cells made by a simple method and using inexpensive materials make these solar cells promising competition for the current commercial solar cells.