Effects of YVO 4:Bi 3+,Eu 3+ nanophosphors spectral down-shifter on properties of monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic module

Yoshiki Iso, Satoru Takeshita, Tetsuhiko Isobe

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YVO 4:Bi 3+,Eu 3+ nanophosphor converts near ultraviolet light to red light and shows lower scattering loss for visible light and long-term photostability. Therefore, the authors produce urethane resin films containing YVO 4:Bi 3+,Eu 3+ nanophosphors on soda-lime glass substrates as spectral shifters to understand the effects of doping of Bi 3+ and Eu 3+ into YVO 4 and the Bi 3+ concentration on photoelectric conversion efficiencies of a monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic module. Under ultraviolet and near infrared light radiation, the YVO 4:Bi 3+,Eu 3+ films enhance the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the module through spectral down-shifting as compared to the bare glass substrate and the YVO 4 film. In contrast, the YVO 4:Bi 3+,Eu 3+ films are not effective for improving the photoelectric conversion efficiency under the simulated solar light radiation. These results are discussed from the aspects of the optical transparency and the photoluminescence properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)J72-J76
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb 29


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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