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A Comparative Study of Quasi-solid Nanoclay Gel Electrolyte and Liquid Electrolyte Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

Abstract Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are currently being explored as a cheaper alternative to the more common silicon (Si) solar cell technology. In addition to the cost advantages, DSSCs show good performance in low light conditions and are not sensitive to varying angles of incident light like traditional Si cells. One of the major challenges facing DSSCs is loss of the liquid electrolyte, through evaporation or leakage, which lowers stability and leads to increased degradation. Current research with solid-state and quasi-solid DSSCs has shown success regarding a reduction of electrolyte loss, but at a cost of lower conversion efficiency output. The research work presented in this paper focuses on the effects of using nanoclay material as a... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Main, Laura (Author) / Munukutla, Lakshmi (Advisor) / Madakannan, Arunachalanadar (Committee member) / Polesky, Gerald (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Engineering / Alternative energy / Dye / Electrolyte / Nanoclay / Quasi-solid / Sensitized / Solar
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 58 pages
Language English
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Note M.S.Tech Engineering 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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