Integrating organic photovoltaics (OPVs) into greenhouses: electrical performance and lifetimes of OPVs

Esther Magadley, Meir Teitel, Ragheb Kabha, Mohamad Dakka, Maayan Friman Peretz, Shay Ozer, Asher Levi, Hagai Yasuor, Murat Kacira, Rebekah Waller, Ibrahim Yehia

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Abstract

This paper presents the electrical performance of organic photovoltaic modules (OPVs) on top of a polyethylene covered greenhouse high tunnel in a Mediterranean climate. Modules from a previous study were kept on the tunnel and monitored together with new modules with improved connectors installed on the greenhouse roof and on frames adjacent to the greenhouse. Measured module power conversion efficiencies ranged from 1% to 3%. The typical combined output of the modules across the tunnel roof were 105Wh on a sunny day and 81Wh on a cloudy day. Module burn-in period was about 15 days, losing around 36% of its initial efficiency. Ts80 lifetimes ranged from 7 days to 94 days. Tunnel integration was shown to accelerate module degradation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1020
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Energy
Volume41
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Agrivoltaics
  • greenhouse agriculture
  • organic photovoltaics
  • solar energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • General Energy
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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