Chapter 1.18 - The Promise of Perovskite Solar Cells

Fei Zhang, Joseph Berry, Kai Zhu

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Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) based on a new class of semiconductors - organic and inorganic hybrid halide perovskites - have emerged as a disruptive photovoltaic (PV) technology that is potentially cost-effective, scalable, and highly efficient, with an expectation for future deployment at terawatt scale. This new PV technology has drawn significant R&D attention from academics and industries as an alternate to compete with traditional PV technologies to help mitigate challenges associated with global energy demand. The synthesis of the hybrid halide perovskites was reported in the 1970s. The structural knowledge, solution processing and optoelectronic characteristics of this hybrid material family were further studied in the 1990s. It is until 2009-2012 when the use of methylammonium lead triiodide (MAPbI3) was first demonstrated in PV cells worldwide researchers have started to show a general interest in using hybrid halide perovskites for PV and other optoelectronic applications.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationComprehensive Renewable Energy (Second Edition)
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: Solar Photovoltaic Energy
EditorsT. M. Letcher
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5900-85739


  • perovskite
  • scaling up
  • solar cells
  • stability
  • toxicity


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