GreatCell Solar, formerly known as Dyesol, was an Australia-headquartered renewable energy supplier and leader in Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC) technology. In 2018 the company went bankrupt.
GreatCell manufactured and supplied PSC materials and was dedicated to the successful commercialization of PSC photovoltaics. It is mainly focused on:
- Developing (and continuously advancing) a suite of thoroughly tested PSC chemicals, components and equipment used in the manufacture of PSC cells, modules and panels to researchers and industrialists;
- Providing turn-key and custom fabrication facilities for research, development and production of PSC photovoltaic devices; and
- Providing specialist training, consulting and engineering solutions for the application of PSC photovoltaic technology
One of GreatCell's main activities was the development and supply of photoactive materials, mostly for R&D. The company started offering perovskite materials around 2013.
GreatCell's main goal, however, was to develop perovksite-based solar panels. One example was the company's intensive research into steel substrates for solar panels. GreatCell was working on flexible steel-integrated panels (as part of SOLLIANCE) which had the potential to find a huge market in the warehouses and industrial buildings across Europe. In addition, GreatCell developed glass-based perovskite. The company aimed to establish Joint Ventures with solar panel makers for the creation of commercial production lines.
The latest GreatCell news:
GreatCell Solar recently released a fascinating commercialization schedule for perovskite solar cells, as part of the Company's quarterly report. The schedule includes two timelines, one for glass and one for metal.
The glass section has 2018 as the year in which pilot lines will be set up, and 2019 as a production target. The metal section sees 2018 as a year focused in prototypes, 2019 on pilot lines and 2020 as a production timeline goal. This seems to be an encouraging aim and hopefully the actual progress will live up to expectations. We will certainly stay updated!
Greatcell Solar has announced that it has finalized and signed a funding agreement with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for a 6 million AUD (around $4.5 million USD) grant under the Advancing Renewables Program (ARP). The grant will assist in developing a world-class prototype facility in Australia for the fabrication of high quality, large area, current generation and next generation perovskite devices, an essential prerequisite to large scale manufacture.
The grant will assist Greatcell to accelerate its scale-up and prototyping activities that are critical to its commercialization objectives, and is said to clearly demonstrate the importance of ARENA in supporting the development of renewable energy technology in Australia.
Australia-based GreatCell Solar, formerly known as Dyesol, was founded to develop, scale-up and commercialize 3rd generation solar PV technologies, and currently the company focuses on perovskite solar cell (PSC) materials and technologies.
GreatCell's Managing Director, Richard Caldwell kindly agreed to talk with Perovskite-Info about the Company's current technology and future plans - and his views on the perovskite market.
In July 2017, Greatcell Solar (formerly Dyesol) announced a plan to raise $5 million AUD (almost $4 million USD) in a share purchase plan. Now, Greatcell announced that it has executed a subscription agreement for a strategic investment of $4 million from an Australian food, water and energy fund. The fund has strongly indicated its interest to maintain its percentage shareholding and, where possible, increase it over time as Greatcell transitions from R&D to global mass manufacture.
The funds will be used to expedite plans to develop Greatcell's prototype facility at CSIRO at Clayton, Victoria and to immediately commence procurement of long lead-time capital equipment required for the prototype facility. These activities are critical and will allow Greatcell to advance technology development and move forward with its Commercialization Schedule relating to glass substrate Perovskite Solar Cells.
Solliance has achieved a new world record for Perovskite Solar Cell technology demonstrated on industrially applicable Roll-to-Roll (R2R) processes of 13.5% conversion efficiency at cell level. The group stressed that the records were achieved in a factory setting, using an industrially scalable process.
Solliance has achieved the conversion efficiency of 13.5% and module-level aperture area conversion efficiency of 12.2% for perovskite-based photovoltaics using industrially-applicable, roll-to-roll production processes. By further optimizing and re-validating processes that were earlier developed buy Solliance, the performance at both the cell and module level have been improved.