Hybrid Photovoltaic–Thermoelectric Generators: Materials Issues

  • Dario Narducci
  • Peter Bermel
  • Bruno Lorenzi
  • Ning Wang
  • Kazuaki Yazawa
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Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 268)

Abstract

This chapter is dedicated to present the state of the art of hybrid photovoltaic–thermoelectric generators based on either organic or inorganic photovoltaic cells. Present challenges and future perspectives of this approach to energy harvesting will be discussed with a special emphasis on materials issues. It will be seen that both classes of PV materials deserve attention in view of applications in hybridized converters, although absorber stability and degradation of its PV efficiency with increasing temperatures sets limitations to currently achievable efficiencies, also in view of the still low efficiency of thermoelectric stages.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dario Narducci
    • 1
  • Peter Bermel
    • 2
  • Bruno Lorenzi
    • 3
  • Ning Wang
    • 4
  • Kazuaki Yazawa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Materials ScienceUniversity of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly
  2. 2.Birck Nanotechnology CenterPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  3. 3.University of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly
  4. 4.Chinese Academy of SciencesInstitute of Soil and Water ConservationYanglingChina

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