Thermal Performance of Perovskite-Based Photovoltaics for Operation in Low Earth Orbit: Article No. 2300468

Timothy Krause, Kaitlyn VanSant, Andrew Lininger, Kyle Crowley, Timothy Peshek, Lyndsey McMillon-Brown

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Abstract

Perovskite-based photovoltaics are attractive for applications in space. The space environment is harsh with ionizing radiation, atomic oxygen, UV radiation, extreme temperatures, and thermal cycling. Herein, the thermal performance of perovskite active layer and perovskite photovoltaic devices in low earth orbit is analyzed. A 1 um silicon oxide layer coupled with 500 nm zirconia thin film aid in cell thermal management is determined. The residual stresses between various layers in a device are modeled and it is proved that thermally induced mechanical failure of the perovskite (time >460 years) is unlikely during operating lifetime of any mission. Target power conversion efficiencies are also shared to manage maximum operating temperature of a perovskite-based device.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalSolar RRL
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-87478

Keywords

  • low earth orbit
  • optical constants
  • perovskite durability
  • perovskite solar cells
  • space photovoltaics
  • thermal cycling

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