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Oxford Photovoltaics (Oxford PV) was founded in 2010 as a spin-out from the University of Oxford, to commercialize a new technology for thin-film solar cells. It was amongst the first in the world to recognize the potential of perovskites to act as a low-cost, highly efficient solar cell absorber material to convert sunlight into electricity.

The Company focuses on developing and commercializing a perovskite-based solar technology. Its research and development site in Oxford, UK, and pilot and production line near Berlin, Germany, enable the accelerated transfer of Oxford PV's technology into industrial-scale perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell manufacturing. 

 

The Company exclusively licensed the rapidly growing portfolio of fundamental intellectual property developed by its academic team.

Oxford PV has acquired the former thin-film production site of Bosch Solar in Germany, to establish a fab with pilot-scale capacity for perovskite wafers. To that end, the Company also received funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB), to support the commercialization of its perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell technology.

Company Address

Unit 7–8 Oxford Pioneer Park
Mead Road, Yarnton
Kidlington, Oxon
OX5 1QU
United Kingdom

Oxford PV and HZB develop a simplified perovskite tandem solar cell

Oxford Photovoltaics, in collaboration with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics Device Group at the University of Oxford, produced a 1 cm2 perovskite-silicon two-terminal tandem solar cell with a verified conversion efficiency of 25.2%. The two-terminal tandem solar cell efficiency was certified by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.

Oxford PV and HZB develop a simplified perovskite tandem solar cell image

Dr Chris Case, Chief Technology Officer at Oxford PV commented, 'The unique, optically enhanced architecture developed as part of this collaboration, minimizes losses, and has helped us achieve this record setting efficiency'.

Read the full story Posted: Jun 18,2018

EU establishes the MAESTRO project - a €4 million program for perovskite solar materials research

The European Commission has established a new research training network, led by the University of Bath, to make perovskites "truly exploitable" and make perovskite-based devices commercially viable. The new program, called MAESTRO, has been given €4 million in funding and has begun hiring researchers to gain new knowledge and provide innovation in the exploitation of perovskite materials.

A trans-European project, MAESTRO is an inter-sectoral and multidisciplinary network of 10 academic and seven industrial partners from nine EU and EU-Associated countries: the UK, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Israel and Switzerland.

Read the full story Posted: May 31,2018

Oxford PV moves headquarters and perovskite solar R&D to new site

Oxford PV has announced it has moved its UK-based headquarters and R&D facilities to a new location in Oxford, UK. The new site consolidates and strengthens Oxford PV's UK-based perovskite photovoltaic research and development activities, by providing a larger, controlled laboratory environment, with ample space for expansion of its equipment and expertise in the future.

Oxford PV's experienced research and development team at the site will continue to focus on advancing its perovskite photovoltaic technology. Additionally, Oxford PV's UK team will continue to support the transfer of its advanced lab based perovskite on silicon tandem solar cell technology to industrial scale processes and equipment, an activity that takes place at the company's pilot line, in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany, in close collaboration with its joint development partner ' a major manufacturer of silicon solar cells and modules.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 07,2018

Cintelliq reveals interesting details on the state of the perovskite solar cell patent landscape

A recent report by Cintelliq on the perovskite solar cell patent landscape shows massive growth in perovskite photovoltaic patent publications over the past two years. In 2016 and 2017 more than 1500 patents have been published representing 75% of all perovskite photovoltaic patents published since 2008.

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The total number of patents published to the end of December 2017 is 2030 and filed by 396 distinct assignees. These published patents arise from innovations that occurred in previous years, as can be seen in the chart of yearly patent filed and published. As can also be seen there are fewer patent filings in 2016 and even less in 2017. However, this is not a rapid fall in filings, but a probable side effect of the length of time it takes to go from initial filing through to initial publications.

Read the full story Posted: Feb 13,2018

Oxford PV to collaborate with HZB on perovskite optimization for HJ cells

Oxford Photovoltaics announced that it was working with scientists at the new Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) innovation lab to further the optimization of its perovskite cell materials for silicon heterojunction solar cell technology.

The new partnership with HZB aims at furthering commercialization efforts with greater leverage of HZB's silicon cell material knowledge and specifically heterojunction cells. 'Working with HZB to understand solar cell manufacturers' silicon cells, will allow Oxford PV's perovskite on silicon tandem formation to be fully optimized, to ensure the most efficient tandem solar cell, and the easy transfer of our technology into our commercial partner's industrial processes", commented Chris Case, Chief Technology Officer, at Oxford PV. 'Oxford PV is now in the final stage of commercializing its perovskite photovoltaic solution, which has the potential to enable efficiency gains that will transform the economics of silicon photovoltaic technology globally.'

Read the full story Posted: Jan 10,2018

Oxford PV receives €15 million EIB funding

Oxford Photovoltaics Germany, a subsidiary of Oxford PV, has received funding of €15 million form the European Investment Bank (EIB), to support the commercialization of its perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell technology.

The funding is the first in Germany under InnovFin - EU Finance for Innovators' Energy Demonstrator Projects. It relies on the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2010 Financial Instruments, aimed at supporting European innovators such as Oxford PV, tackling tomorrow's challenges and supporting climate action.

Read the full story Posted: Dec 21,2017

Oxford PV to receive funds for German perovskite pilot site

Oxford Photovoltaics is to receive financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for its planned pilot site in Germany. The bank is considering providing EUR 15 million ($17.6 million USD) for the project, which will turn an existing PV thin-film module factory in Germany into a "first-of-its-kind" plant for the production of tandem silicon-perovskite PV cells.

According to EIB, the site will allow the company to demonstrate its perovskite technology at full wafer scale in pilot volumes and deploy perovskite on silicon tandem cells. The total cost of the project is EUR 30 million.

Read the full story Posted: Oct 03,2017

Oxford PV secures £8.1 million in further investment

Oxford Photovoltaics recently announced an equity investment of £8.1 million (around US $10.2 million), adding to the £8.7 million first close investment announced in October 2016. The bulk of this investment will reportedly come from three new strategic investors: Statoil ASA, Legal & General Capital and a technology-focused, innovative family fund investor.

Oxford PV recently announced the acquisition of a pilot line site in Germany and, in the beginning of December 2016, announced a Joint Development Agreement with a major solar panel manufacturer to scale the technology towards commercialization. This additional injection of funds will hopefully help accelerate these development activities as well as support the next generation product research in the UK.

Read the full story Posted: Dec 07,2016

Oxford PV to collaborate with mysterious global solar cell manufacturer

Oxford PV has announced a joint development agreement with an unnamed global solar cell and module manufacturer, as an additional step in the company's quest for commercialization of its perovskite solar technology.

The two companies will will work together to move Oxford PV's technology from lab scale to manufacturing-ready status, with most of the work taking place at the pilot line site in Germany that Oxford PV acquired recently.

Read the full story Posted: Dec 04,2016

Oxford PV to establish a perovskite fab in Germany

Oxford PV, a spin-out from the University of Oxford that aims to commercialize a new technology for thin-film solar cells, has recently acquired the former thin-film production site of Bosch Solar in Germany, to establish a fab with pilot-scale capacity for perovskite wafers.

The plan is to ramp up Oxford PV's perovskite technology to industry-standard wafer size. Oxford's CEO stated that the facility was identified because of its existing first-class facilities and the ready availability of a local, experienced, highly skilled workforce. The Brandenburg team will work closely alongside the existing operation in Oxford.

Read the full story Posted: Nov 14,2016