Organic Based Solar Cells for Space Applications : from OSCAR to Mars and beyond
Jeroen Hustings a, Asfaw Negash b, Jean Manca a
a UHasselt / X-LAB, Agoralaan - Building D, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
b Debre Berhan University, Department of Chemistry, POBOX 445, Debre Berhan, Ethiopia
Proceedings of New Generation Photovoltaics for Space (PVSPACE)
Online, Spain, 2022 June 21st - 22nd
Organizers: Narges Yaghoobi Nia, Aldo Di Carlo, Luigi Schirone and Mahmoud Zendehdel
Invited Speaker, Jean Manca, presentation 012
Publication date: 8th June 2022

The class of organic-based photovoltaics, which ranges from all-organic to hybrid perovskites, has the potential of becoming a disruptive technology in space applications, thanks to the unique combination of appealing intrinsic properties (e.g. record high specific power, tunable absorption window) and processing possibilities. With the launch of the ESA-stratospheric mission OSCAR, we demonstrated for the first time organic-based solar cell operation in extra-terrestrial conditions. Since extra-terrestrial conditions can be very extreme with regards to temperature, we further explored the thermal window of operation of organic solar cells in order to assess their suitability for operation at extreme temperatures on earth and in space.

The authors would like to acknowledge FWO (Flanders Research Organisation) for the financial support with project G089918N and the ESA-BEXUS program.

The presented work is the result of a collaboration with many partners, and therefore thanks is also due to : Ilaria Cardinaletti, Dieter Schreurs, Tim Vangerven, Rob Cornelissen, Zewdneh Genene, Dasalegn Yilma, Michiel Mathijs, Jori Liesenborgs, Frank van Reeth, Koen Vandewal, Wendimagegn Mammo, Shimelis Admassie, Wouter Maes and the entire OSCAR-TEAM.

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