March 2023

SEKISUI CHEMICAL and JERA announce commencement of joint demonstration test of perovskite solar cells

SEKISUI CHEMICAL has announced that it commenced a demonstration test to install film-type perovskite solar cells at thermal power stations together with JERA on March 24, 2023.

SEKISUI CHEMICAL has created a 30 cm-wide roll-to-roll manufacturing process utilizing its original “sealing, film formation, materials and process technology,” and have confirmed 10 years equivalent of outdoor durability, which is said to be critical to the development of film-type perovskite solar cells. Furthermore, this manufacturing process has reportedly been successfully used to produce film-type perovskite solar cells with a power generation efficiency of 15%. Development is being accelerated to further improve durability and power generation efficiency, as well as to establish manufacturing technology for 1 m-wide rolls.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 31,2023

IIT Roorkee and GIC Re to co-develop perovskite-based solar window technology

The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) and General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re) have signed a partnership agreement to develop perovskite-based solar window technology that will enhance the solar power generation in India and lead to greater sustainable development.

The new solar window technology will be designed and developed by Prof. Soumitra Satapathi from the Department of Physics (IIT Roorkee) and his team. Under the program, semi-transparent perovskite solar cells will be developed for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). The new window solar technology will harness electricity during the daytime and reduce reliance on traditional electricity sources. 

Read the full story Posted: Mar 30,2023

Researchers fabricate full-color flexible microLEDs using perovskite QDs

Researchers from Korea's KIMM institute have fabricated full-color flexible microLED devices, using blue LEDs and perovskite quantum dot color conversion layers. The demonstrated device featured  1 mm pixel pitch LEDs (25.4 PPI) and could be bent with a radius of 5 mm without being damaged.

Flexible perovskite QD microLED array (KIMM)

The researchers used a perovskite-QD and siloxane composite using ligand exchanged PQD with silane composite followed by surface activation by an addition of halide-anion containing salt. Due to this surface activation, the researchers say that it was possible to construct the PQD surface with a silane ligand using a non-polar organic solvent that does not damage the PQD. As a result, the ligand-exchanged PQD with a silane compound exhibited high dispersibility in the siloxane matrix and excellent atmospheric stability.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 28,2023

Researchers fabricate flexible perovskite solar cells via blade coating in ambient conditions without using toxic solvents

Researchers at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”'s CHOSE (Centre for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy) and CNR-ISM Institute of Structure of Matter have deposited flexible perovskite solar modules without using toxic solvents, via blade coating in ambient air. 14% PCE was reportedly obtained through the optimization of coating parameters and the use of additives. 

The scalable ambient air deposition of perovskite solar devices remains a major challenge of this technology. In addition, toxic solvents are regularly used in perovskite layer deposition, which can damage the environment and endanger the safety of potential production lines. In this recent work, the team managed to address these issues and fabricate sustainable flexible perovskite solar modules (flex-PSMs), in which all layers were deposited via a blade coating in ambient air without the usage of toxic solvents. 

Read the full story Posted: Mar 27,2023

Researchers simplify the process of manufacturing perovskite solar cells by coating multiple layers at once

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), City University of Hong Kong, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), University of Kentucky, University of Colorado, University of Toledo and Brown University have developed a concept  that simplifies the process of manufacturing perovskite solar cells, which could accelerate their path toward commercialization.

Perovskite solar cells are made by sequentially depositing various layers onto a conductive glass substrate, requiring multiple coatings to create the necessary full device structure. The new technique eliminates or combines some of those steps, thereby simplifying the manufacturing process, which could lead to lower manufacturing costs.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 24,2023

Researchers develop effective strategy for creating high-quality perovskite films with tunable orientation to simultaneously boost the efficiency and stability of PSCs

Researchers at Shaanxi Normal University in China have developed an organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cell that uses 2D perovskite crystal as the template for 3D perovskite growth. In the recent study, the team developed a seed-mediated method to in situ grow a layer of 2D perovskite seed for epitaxial growth of 3D perovskite atop it, to construct a high-quality 2D/3D heterojunction. 

It was reportedly found that the epitaxial 3D perovskite film exhibited a preferred direction, which is different from traditional perovskites with a preferred orientation. The oriented perovskite film consists of large-sized grains with low defect density, long charge-carrier lifetime and good stability, resulting in efficient PSCs with a champion efficiency of 24.83%. 

Read the full story Posted: Mar 23,2023

Researchers examine the light emitting capabilities of perovskites upon femtosecond laser ablation

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) have examined the space-resolved photoluminescence and lasing behaviors of single crystal (SC) and polycrystalline (PC) perovskites upon femtosecond laser ablation. 

They discovered that femtosecond laser ablation had a considerable influence on the space-resolved photoluminescence (PL) and lasing behavior of both single crystal and polycrystalline MAPbBr3 perovskites. Due to their distinct defect chemistries and morphologic profiles, the femtosecond laser-generated regions of the material were discovered to have different light emitting behaviors in comparison to the unaffected surface area.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 22,2023

New project by Dutch-German consortium to develop simplified tandem solar modules for European market

TNO, in cooperation with Dutch and German industrial partners, is advancing a perovskite/silicon tandem solar module suitable for early market introduction. 

FIT4Market, a four-year research project supported by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), will help drive CO2 reduction through to 2030, supporting national climate objectives. It is also a step towards bringing PV production back to Europe and rebuilding a competitive PV supply chain.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 21,2023

Researchers turn algae into perovskite materials with unique structures

Scientists from Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), AMOLF, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have transformed single-cell algae into functional perovskite materials. The team, led by scientists at the B CUBE—Center for Molecular Bioengineering at TU Dresden, converted mineral shells of algae into lead halide perovskites with tunable physical properties. The new perovskites have unique nano-architectures that are said to be unachievable by conventional synthetic production.

The method can be applied to the mass production of perovskites with tunable structural and electro-optical properties from single-celled organisms. 

Read the full story Posted: Mar 20,2023

UCLA and Midsummer develop perovskite-CIGS tandem solar cells with 24.9% efficiency

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have joined forces with Swedish building-integrated PV (BIPV) module manufacturer, Midsummer, on a project that has yielded a four-terminal (4T) tandem solar cell based on a top cell made of perovskite and a bottom cell relying on copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS).

The joint project between Midsummer and Prof. Yang's lab at UCLA resulted in a four-terminal perovskite-CIGS tandem solar cell, based on a commercial CIGS solar cell,  that reached 24.9 percent efficiency. The solar cell was based on a perovskite top cell that has been optimized for integration with Midsummer’s CIGS cells that are utilized in their commercial suite of BIPV products.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 20,2023