Reverse-Bias Resilience of Monolithic Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells

Zhaojian Xu, Helen Bristow, Maxime Babics, Badri Vishal, Erkan Aydin, Randi Azmi, Esma Ugur, Bumin Yildirim, Jiang Liu, Ross Kerner, Stefaan De Wolf, Barry Rand

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Metal halide perovskites have rapidly enabled a range of high-performance photovoltaic technologies. However, catastrophic failure under reverse voltage bias poses a roadblock for their commercialization. In this work, we conduct a series of stress tests to compare the reverse-bias stability of perovskite single-junction, silicon single-junction, and monolithic perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells. We demonstrate that the tested perovskite/silicon tandem devices are considerably more resilient against reverse bias compared with perovskite single-junction devices. The origin of such improved stability stems from the low reverse-bias diode current of the silicon subcell. This translates to dropping most of the voltage over the silicon subcell, where such a favorable voltage distribution protects the perovskite subcell from reverse-bias-induced degradation. These results highlight that, compared with other perovskite technologies, monolithic perovskite/silicon tandems are at a higher technology readiness level in terms of tackling the reverse bias and partial shading challenges, which is a considerable advantage toward commercialization.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1992-2002
Number of pages11
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-85718


  • halide perovskite
  • partial shading
  • reverse bias
  • silicon
  • tandem photovoltaic


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