Carbon nanomaterials as integrative components in dye-sensitized solar cells

Rubén D. Costa, Dirk M. Guldi

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Abstract

One of the major challenges that humanity faces is the development of renewable energy resources to secure our current lifestyle. In fact, linking problems such as pollution and globalwarming to the use of fossil fuels as an energy source is eye opening [1-3]. In this context, different renewable energy sources such as windmill-powered plants, hydropower, biomass production, geothermal power, and solar energy are currently under scrutiny. Among the aforementioned, solar energy bears one of the greatest potentials for securing the current energy supply. This notion is based on the amount of energy that reaches the earth’s surface at zero costs and at continuous supply. Notably, one hour of solar irradiation covers more than theworld’s current energy demand for a complete year. As such, photovoltaic devices/solar cells are considered as a superior means of energy harvesting [2, 4, 5].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanocarbon-Inorganic Hybrids
Subtitle of host publicationNext Generation Composites for Sustainable Energy Applications
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
Pages475-501
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783110269864
ISBN (Print)9783110269710
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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