Skanska and Saule Technologies Agree to Bring Semi-Transparent Perovskites to Office Buildings

Skanska reports that it has signed an exclusive, license-based agreement with Saule Technologies. The agreement gives it the rights to utilize Saule Technologies’ solar cell solutions, in building façades and noise barriers in all Skanska markets around the world. Skanska Group of Sweden asserts that its commercial development business unit will be the first developer worldwide to cover office buildings with semi-transparent perovskite solar cells, and the company intends to be the first to offer such perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale.

Printed, flexible, perovskite photovoltaics developed by Saule Technologies.

Printed and flexible perovskite photovoltaics developed by Saule Technologies

The companies plan the initial implementation tests in Poland for 2018. Skanska notes that perovskite technology brings benefits for the developer, tenants, and communities, including favorable implementation (installation) costs, lower energy costs, reduced energy consumption, and reduced carbon footprints.

Saule Technologies Developed Printed and Flexible Perovskite Modules

Saule Technologies based in Warsaw, Poland, developed the printed, flexible perovskite photovoltaics that can be fabricated with an inkjet-like printing technique that lets designer produce solar modules in most any form that they want.

Skanska has been able to integrate the semi-transparent version of its Perovskites into a property’s façade without changing its design and aesthetics, and Skanska says that energy independent office projects are now becoming a reality thanks to perovskite technology which both companies claim is ready to be integrated into building façades.

Despite claims to the contrary, the company will apply the “test-cells” and not market-ready production versions in 2018. Both Skanska and Saule Technologies boast of the stability and water resistance of the modules. Therefore, Saule Technologies, in effect claims to have overcome one of the significant drawbacks of most perovskites, their lack of robustness and reliability.

The company reportedly worked with leading international universities in the UK, Germany, Israel, Italy, and Spain on the technology. With a new Japanese investor on board, along with support from several research grants totaling more than EUR 20 million, Saule Technologies now plans on making a large-scale, prototype production line.