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Perovskites are a class of materials that share a similar structure, which display a myriad of exciting properties like superconductivity, magnetoresistance and more. These easily synthesized materials are considered the future of solar cells, as their distinctive structure makes them perfect for enabling low-cost, efficient photovoltaics. They are also predicted to play a role in next-gen electric vehicle batteries, sensors, lasers and much more.

Recent Perovskite News

Researchers look inside the crystal structure of perovskite nanocrystals

A team of researchers, led by Nuri Yazdani, Vanessa Wood at ETH Zurich, and Aaron Lindenberg at Stanford, along with colleagues at Empa, recently studied atom motion within nanocrystals with a time resolution in the range of billionths of a second. 

The scientists managed to capture snapshots of the crystal structure of perovskite nanocrystals as excited electrons deformed it. They surprisingly found that the deformation straightened out the skewed crystal structure rather than making it more disordered.

Read the full story Posted: Dec 06,2023

GCL achieves conversion efficiency of 26.17% for its perovskite tandem module

China-based GCL has announced achieving a maximal conversion efficiency of 26.17% for its perovskite tandem module sized 278mm x 370mm, as reportedly confirmed by China National Institute of Metrology.

The Company stated that its new result marks the beginning of the development of perovskite tandem modules, which exhibit greater conversion efficiency than that of crystalline silicon panels.

Read the full story Posted: Dec 05,2023

Three Gorges Group 1 MW pilot perovskite PV plant is now connected to the grid

China's Three Gorges Group has announced that "the world's first commercial megawatt-level perovskite ground-mounted photovoltaic project was successfully connected to the grid on November 29".

The project is located in the Kubuqi Desert hinterland of Hangjin Banner, Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, and is supported by the Kubuqi 2 million kilowatt photovoltaic desert control project in the west of Inner Mongolia. The project has an installed capacity of 1 megawatt, covers an area of 40 acres, and utilizes a total of 11,200 modules of perovskite photovoltaic modules, as was reported.

Read the full story Posted: Dec 04,2023

Hanwha Qcells closes solar factory in South Korea, states that perovskite tandem pilot line will not be closed

Hanwha Qcells recently announced it will be closing its 3.5GW module factory in South Korea, in response to the stagnant solar market in the country. It was reported that the total installed capacity of solar power in South Korea has been continuously decreasing over the past three years, from 4.7GW in 2020 to 3.4GW in 2022, and is expected to further decrease in 2023.

Closing the factory comes as part of a plan to optimize Hanwha's photovoltaic module production capacity. However, Hanwha stated that it will continue to invest in its factory in Jincheon, South Korea, which will continue to produce TOPCon products and operate a perovskite tandem cell pilot line.

Read the full story Posted: Dec 04,2023

Researchers report open-air-processed perovskite tandem solar cells that achieve 23% efficiency

Researchers at South Korea’s Chonnam National University have reported perovskite-organic hybrid tandem solar cells with 23.07% efficiency processed entirely in open air, bringing the technology a step closer to economic viability.

Schematic illustration of the synthesis of all-inorganic perovskite thin films by dynamic hot-air-assisted method. Image from Energy & Environmental Science 

Researchers have largely relied on meticulously engineering the perovskite crystal structure itself for greater resilience. But these delicate handling steps add cost and complexity not suitable for mass production. The team explained that the focus has recently shifted toward all-solution processed solar cells due to their low energy consumption fabrication processes. The team’s innovation, a dynamic hot air deposition technique, simplified the production process by eliminating the need for humidity-controlled environments.

Read the full story Posted: Dec 03,2023

Fraunhofer ISE team estimates practical efficiency potential of of perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells at 39.5%

Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE have estimated that the practical power conversion efficiency potential of perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells may reach up to 39.5%. In a recent study, the Fraunhofer ISE scientists set out to provide guidelines for future research on perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells by identifying the most significant loss mechanisms at the perovskite/ETL interface, in the series resistance, and in light management.

The team explained that the calculated practical efficiency potential of 39.5% for a perovskite silicon tandem device under standard measurement conditions (STC) can serve as an input for future studies which are required for a better understanding of the full system before the commercialization of tandem solar cell technology can take place.

Read the full story Posted: Dec 02,2023

Researchers examine the role of chloride on the instability of blue emitting mixed-halide perovskites

Researchers in Sweden and China have studied the reasons behind the short operational lifetime of blue perovskite-based LEDs (PeLEDs). 

While perovskite light-emitting diodes (PeLEDs) have seen unprecedented development in device efficiency over the past decade, they still suffer from poor operational stability. This is especially true for blue PeLEDs, whose operational lifetime remains orders of magnitude behind their green and red counterparts. The scientists in this work have systematically investigated this efficiency-stability discrepancy in a series of green- to blue-emitting PeLEDs based on mixed Br/Cl-perovskites. Typically, mixed chloride/bromide perovskites are employed to produce ideal blue emission. However, the researchers have uncovered a counterintuitive fact: even minute quantities of chloride loading can have a dramatic negative impact on the operational lifetime of these devices. 

Read the full story Posted: Nov 30,2023

Researchers develop novel lead detection system that relies on the formation of a perovskite semiconductor

Researchers from AMOLF have used perovskite semiconductors to develop a simple spray test to detect the presence of lead. A lead-containing surface shines bright green when it is sprayed with the test, which is said to be a 1,000 times more sensitive than existing tests and the researchers found no false positive or false negative results. 

"We have hijacked the technology of perovskite semiconductors and used it in a widely deployable lead test. Nobody in this discipline had ever thought of that," says Lukas Helmbrecht, researcher at the group Self-Organizing Matter led by Wim Noorduin at AMOLF. "We are very pleased with these results," says Noorduin. "It is a really cool project and it is quite rare for fundamental research to literally impact the entire world with an application."

Read the full story Posted: Nov 29,2023

Ideal Deposition Equipment to supply perovskite coating equipment to US PV company

It was reported that China-based Ideal Deposition Equipment, a technology and equipment company with chemical vapor deposition technology as its core, has entered into a supply agreement with a top American photovoltaic company for manufacturing perovskite cells.

Ideal Deposition primarily focuses on producing equipment for PERC and TOPCon production. In recent years, it has launched a series of related equipment for mainstream photovoltaic cell producers worldwide. Additionally, it manufactures coating equipment for tandem layers of perovskite cells.

Read the full story Posted: Nov 27,2023

Display giant BOE launches perovskite PV project

China-based BOE Technology Group (BOE), one of the leading companies in the global display technology field, recently launched a project to enter the photovoltaic industry by investing in perovskite solar cells. BOE held a ceremony to launch the project

It is believed that BOE's entry into the perovskite solar cell market will bring new energy to the industry, which is in line with the country's renewable energy policy. The Company has a strong R&D team and extensive experience in display technologies, which could be applied to the development of perovskite solar cells. BOE has also established partnerships with top universities and research institutions to promote the development of perovskite solar cells.

Read the full story Posted: Nov 27,2023