Development of Energy Generating Photovoltaic Textile Structures for Smart Applications

Bedeloglu A. (., Koeppe R., Demir A., Bozkurt Y., Sariciftci N. S.

FIBERS AND POLYMERS, vol.11, no.3, pp.378-383, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12221-010-0378-0
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.378-383
  • Keywords: Aluminum/silver cathode, Organic solar cell, Photovoltaic textile, Polypropylene tape, Semi-transparent metal layer, ORGANIC SOLAR-CELLS, EFFICIENT, ELECTRODE, DEVICES
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study is to develop a method with lower application temperature and a device structure to obtain reproducible photovoltaic textiles. Two different kinds of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) solutions over a silver (Ag) layer was used as anode, a blend of poly(3-hexyl thiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) as light absorbing layer and a thin aluminum (Al)/Ag layer as semi-transparent cathode. These devices capable of generating electricity from sunlight were fabricated on polypropylene tapes that could be woven into a textile fabric. The short-circuit current density and power conversion efficiency of photovoltaic tapes were increased by using an Ag layer beneath the PEDOT:PSS electrode. The photovoltaic textile structure exhibited remarkable power conversion efficiency (0.29 %) by transmitting the light through the upper electrode. This approach may be used in industrial applications to develop photovoltaic textile materials.