Refereed review article in scientific journal (A2)

Bio‐based materials for solar cells




List of AuthorsMiettunen Kati, Hadadian Mahboubeh, Valdez Garcia Joaquin, Lawrynowicz Alicja, Akulenko Elena, Rojas Orlando J., Hummel Michael, Vapaavuori Jaana

PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Publication year2024

JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment

Article numbere508

Volume number13

Issue number1

DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wene.508

URLhttps://doi.org/10.1002/wene.508

Self-archived copy’s web addresshttps://research.utu.fi/converis/portal/detail/Publication/386806005


Abstract

Plant-based materials are emerging as an alternative to conventional components in advanced energy applications. Among these, energy harvesting from sunlight is highly attractive and, in fact, represents the fastest growing energy technology. This review addresses the broad field of solar cell science since plant-based components can be utilized in almost all solar technologies, and in certain photovoltaic technologies, they can fulfill most of the roles in photovoltaic devices. There is strengthened recent interest in developing sustainable materials options as well as new functionalities being developed for bio-based materials. This contribution describes the different options for plant-derived materials in photovoltaics and discusses their deployment feasibility. We focus on performance, lifetime, and embedded energy, all of which are critical to achieve—economically and sustainably–competitive photovoltaic devices. We address the tendency in the current literature for greenwashing, given that not all plant-based solutions are environmentally-sound at the device level. On the other hand, plant-based materials can offer functionalities that cannot be reached with currently used materials.


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