TY - CHAP A1 - Qiquan Qiao ED1 - Leonid A. Kosyachenko Y1 - 2011-11-09 PY - 2011 T1 - Carbon Nanostructures as Low Cost Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells N2 - The second book of the four-volume edition of "Solar cells" is devoted to dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which are considered to be extremely promising because they are made of low-cost materials with simple inexpensive manufacturing procedures and can be engineered into flexible sheets. DSSCs are emerged as a truly new class of energy conversion devices, which are representatives of the third generation solar technology. Mechanism of conversion of solar energy into electricity in these devices is quite peculiar. The achieved energy conversion efficiency in DSSCs is low, however, it has improved quickly in the last years. It is believed that DSSCs are still at the start of their development stage and will take a worthy place in the large-scale production for the future. BT - Solar Cells SP - Ch. 20 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/20399 DO - 10.5772/20399 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2018-09-23 ER -