Emerging Semitransparent Solar Cells: Materials and Device Design

Qidong Tai, Feng Yan

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KGaA, Weinheim Semitransparent solar cells can provide not only efficient power-generation but also appealing images and show promising applications in building integrated photovoltaics, wearable electronics, photovoltaic vehicles and so forth in the future. Such devices have been successfully realized by incorporating transparent electrodes in new generation low-cost solar cells, including organic solar cells (OSCs), dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) and organometal halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs). In this review, the advances in the preparation of semitransparent OSCs, DSCs, and PSCs are summarized, focusing on the top transparent electrode materials and device designs, which are all crucial to the performance of these devices. Techniques for optimizing the efficiency, color and transparency of the devices are addressed in detail. Finally, a summary of the research field and an outlook into the future development in this area are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1700192
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2017


  • dye-sensitized solar cells
  • organic solar cells
  • perovskite solar cell
  • semitransparent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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