When will perovskite solar panels hit the market?

Perovskite solar panels have been under intensive R&D, and it seems as if commercial production is right around the corner. Some pilot-scale production lines are already functional, and companies are now ramping up production of perovskite panels, using various technologies.

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UK-based Oxford PV, for example, recently announced that it has completed the build-out of its 100 MW manufacturing site in Germany, and it is on track to start full production in 2022. China's Microquanta Semiconductor perovskite panel factory is reportedly also nearing production (which should have started late 2020, but updates have not been available since), and another China-based company, GCL, has raised around $15 million USD to expand its pilot-scale production factory to mass production (100 MW).

Researchers examine how chlorine stabilizes perovskite solar cells

A team of researchers, led by Professor Yabing Qi in the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan, recently imaged the atoms at the surface of the light-absorbing layer metal-halide perovskite solar cell.

Their findings addressed a long-standing mystery in the field of solar power technology, showing how power-boosting and stability-enhancing chlorine is incorporated into the perovskite material.

Researchers create nanoparticle paste to improve the efficiency of perovskite solar cells

Researchers from ITMO’s School of Physics and Engineering have created a paste, made of titanium dioxide and resonant silicon nanoparticles, meant to increase the generation of photocurrent in perovskite solar cells and maximize their efficiency.

Mie-resonant mesoporous electron transport layer for highly efficient perovskite solar cells imageImage by ITMO

One of two strategies is usually used to further boost the efficiency of PSCs: improving the charge collection or increasing light absorption by the charge generating layer. The first strategy also means the need to introduce other substances or 2D structures into perovskites, which makes the resulting devices more expensive. The ITMO team, together with colleagues from Tor Vergata University, went around this problem by using Mie-resonant silicon nanoparticles, as silicon is one of the elements most accessible in nature.

Toshiba announces 15.1% power conversion efficiency for perovskite solar module

Japan-based global electronics giant Toshiba recently announced a 15.1% power conversion efficiency for a 703cm2 polymer film-based perovskite solar module. The result is referred to by the company as 'the highest efficiency yet reported for any large, polymer film-based perovskite photovoltaic module'.

The device was created using a one-step coating method that uses improved ink, film drying processes, and production equipment to form a uniform perovskite layer. The process is said to reduce the number of steps needed for deposition of the MAPbI3 perovskite layer. The coating speed is said to reach six meters per minute on a 5×5 cm2 module, which the company defined as a rate that meets requirements for mass production.

Researchers explore lead-free rare-earth-based double perovskite nanocrystals with near-infrared emission

A research group, led by Prof. Han Keli from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in collaboration with Prof. Miao Xiangyang's group from Shanxi Normal University, recently explored the colloidal synthesis of all-inorganic rare-earth-based double perovskite NCs with NIR emission, and revealed their exciton dynamics.

Previous studies mainly focused on the photoluminescence (PL) in the visible region, and those on the near-infrared (NIR) PL of lead-free perovskite NCs are rare.

Researchers demonstrate how a novel cross-linked hole transport layer helps achieve highly efficient perovskite solar cells

Scientists from China's Nanjing University and Chinese Academy of Sciences have found that a change to the hole transport layer material helped reduce voltage loss in a perovskite solar cell. The discovery demonstrates a promising new way to overcome a major challenge for perovskites – particularly those used as the top layer in a tandem device.

The group of scientists noticed that a large part of the problematic voltage loss occurs at the interface between the active perovskite and the hole transport layer (HTL) that helps to carry a charge out of the device, and decided to experiment with alternate materials to try and limit this issue.

Hanwha Q Cells earmarks $1.28 Billion for research that includes perovskite-silicon tandem cells

Hanwha Q Cells, a large South-Korean manufacturer of photovoltaic solar cells, has earmarked 1.5 trillion won (around USD$1.28 billion) for investment in production line conversion and research into new solar energy technologies such as tandem perovskite-silicon cells (individual or connected in series).

The investment will be used to boost the production capacity of solar cells and modules to 7.6 gigawatts per year by 2025. "With this investment, we will strengthen our leading industry position while securing competitiveness in the domestic solar industry," said Hanwha Q Cells CEO Lee Koo-yung.