Accurate Measurement of Organic Solar Cell Efficiency

K. Emery, T. Moriarty

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We discuss the measurement and analysis of current vs. voltage (I-V) characteristics of organic and dye-sensitized photovoltaic cells and modules. A brief discussion of the history of photovoltaic efficiency measurements and procedures will be presented. We discuss both the error sources in the measurements and the strategies to minimize their influence. These error sources include the sample area, spectral errors, temperature fluctuations, current and voltage response time, contacting, and degradation during testing. Information that can be extracted from light and dark I-V measurement includes peak power, open-circuit voltage, short-circuit current, series and shunt resistance, diode quality factor, dark current, and photo-current. The quantum efficiency provides information on photo-current nonlinearities, current generation, and recombination mechanisms.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2008
EventOrganic Photovoltaics IX: SPIE Conference - San Diego, California
Duration: 12 Aug 200814 Aug 2008


ConferenceOrganic Photovoltaics IX: SPIE Conference
CitySan Diego, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-44855


  • Efficiency
  • Organic
  • Photovoltaic
  • Solar cell


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