Micropower energy harvesting using high-efficiency indoor organic photovoltaics for self-powered sensor systems

Swarup Biswas, Yongju Lee, Hyeok Kim

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Abstract

We developed a highly efficient organic photovoltaic (OPV) cell with a poly[4,8-bis(5-(2-ethylhexyl)thiophen-2-yl)benzo[1,2-b;4,5-b']dithiophene-2,6-diyl-alt-(4-(2-ethylhexyl)-3-fluorothieno[3,4-b]thiophene-)-2-carboxylate-2-6-diyl)]:[6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester active layer for harvesting lower-intensity indoor light energy to power various self-powered sensor systems that require power in the microwatt range. In order to achieve higher power conversion efficiency (PCE), we first optimized the thickness of the active layer of the OPV cell through optical simulations. Next, we fabricated an OPV cell with optimized active layer thickness. The device exhibited a PCE of 12.23%, open circuit voltage of 0.66 V, short-circuit current density of 97.7 μA/cm2, and fill factor of 60.53%. Furthermore, the device showed a maximum power density of 45 μW/cm2, which is suitable for powering a low-power (microwatt range) sensor system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-368
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Sensor Science and Technology
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Indoor organic photovoltaics
  • Micropower energy harvester
  • Optical simulation
  • Optimized active layer thickness

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