Indoor application of emerging photovoltaics - Progress, challenges and perspectives

Xueyan Hou, Yiwen Wang, Harrison Ka Hin Lee*, Ram Datt, Nicolas Uslar Miano, Dong Yan, Meng Li, Fu Rong Zhu, Bo Hou, Wing Chung Tsoi*, Zhe Li*

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The development of solution-processed photovoltaic (PV) devices for indoor applications has recently attracted widespread attention owing to their outstanding potential in harvesting energy efficiently for low-power-consumption electronic devices, such as wireless sensors and internet of things (IoT). In particular, organic PVs (OPVs), perovskite PVs (PPVs) and quantum dot PVs (QDPVs) are among the most promising emerging photovoltaic technologies that have already demonstrated strong commercialisation potential for this new market, owing to their excellent yet highly tuneable optoelectronic properties to meet the demands for specific applications. In this review, we summarise the recent progress in the development of OPVs, PPVs and QDPVs for indoor applications, showing the rapid advances in their device performance in conjunction with highly diverse materials and device designs, including semi-transparent, flexible and large-area devices. The remaining challenges of these emerging indoor PV technologies that need to be urgently addressed toward their commercialisation, including, in particular, their limited stability and high ecotoxicity, will be discussed in detail. Potential strategies to address these challenges will also be proposed. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21503-21525
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number41
Early online date21 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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