Oxford PVTM, known as The Perovskite CompanyTM, based in Oxford, UK, reported that it will lead a new perovskite solar cell consortium. The project, which intends to demonstrate the manufacturability of perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells, received Euro 2.8 Million from the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the German government’s investment program into renewable energy development.
Project to Prepare Perovskite-Silicon Solar Technology for High Volume Manufacturing
The other consortium members include Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, VON ARDENNE GmbH, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, and the Technical University of Berlin. The project will focus on making the perovskite solar cell technology ready for high-volume manufacturing. These preparative steps will include the optimization of the perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell architecture, the making of further efficiency enhancements on industrial 156 mm x 156 mm wafer formats; the refinement of industrial-scale process technology; and life-cycle analysis to reveal the social and environmental impact of the tandem solar cells.
Frank P. Averdung, CEO at Oxford PV commented, “The German Government’s investment recognizes the opportunity perovskite solar technology has to dramatically enhance the performance of solar energy generation.”
Averdung continued, “Oxford PV has made substantial progress in scaling and preparing its technology for high volume manufacturing. With commercial sized tandem cells already in production at our pilot line – it is now a matter of further optimizing the process, in preparation for commercial deployment.”
Dr. Chris Case, Chief Technology Officer at Oxford PV added, “Refining the manufacturing process of our perovskite solar cell technology will ensure the highest performing tandem solar cell in the field and the easy transfer of our technology into silicon solar cell and module production lines.”