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Solar rechargeable battery—principle and materials

Sharon, Maheshwar and Veluchamy, P and Natarajan, C and Kumar, Dhananjay (1991) Solar rechargeable battery—principle and materials. In: Electrochimica Acta, 36 (7). 1107 -1126.

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A brief survey of the historical development of a photoelectrochemical solar cell is given. The principle and future of solar chargeable battery is compared with a wet and a dry type photovoltaic cell. A solar chargeable battery, with or without a membrane and with an aqueous solution or with solid-state electrolytes is discussed. A new unique type of configuration “Sharon-Schottky” junction solar cell is described which can be used either as a charger for any secondary batteries or could be used for photoelectrolysis of water. All these configurations and their relative merits are discussed. A review on the various semiconductors and types of solar chargeable batteries is made. Finally, a conclusion is drawn for future direction of research for developing an economically viable photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar cell based on either the principle of a solar charger (to charge a Ni---Cd battery or lead—acid battery) and/or solar chargeable battery with or without without a membrane. Some new innovative ideas for the preparation of materials is discussed. The entire discussion is geared towards answering a relevant question: what has gone wrong to result in the stagnation and failure in commercialization of a PEC based solar cell?

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier science.
Keywords: PEC cell;solar chargeable battery;Sharon—Schottky cell;solar charger;materials for PEC cell.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electronic Systems Engineering (Formerly Centre for Electronic Design & Technology)
Depositing User: Ms Mary Ranjeetha
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 09:50
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2018 11:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/34132

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