Saule Technologies on its way to launching prototype production line in Q4 2019

Saule Technologies has announced that it has reached the point of technology development to be able to print its flexible, lightweight, semi-transparent, single junction solar modules with a consistent 10% efficiency. This performance, according to the Company, already enables BIPV and IoT applications in an economically viable manner.

Saule Technologies heads toward launching prototype production line image

By the end of March, Saule Technologies has also reached as high as 17.6% efficiency at the cell level (measured by an independent research institute). The durability has been significantly improved as well, with the latest stability tests indicating multiple years of flawless operation under accelerated ageing tests.

New process yields oxide perovskite crystals in flexible, free-standing layers

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have developed a new process for producing oxide perovskite crystals in flexible, free-standing layers.

“Through our successful fabrication of ultrathin perovskite oxides down to the monolayer limit, we’ve created a new class of two-dimensional materials,” said co-author Xiaoqing Pan, professor of materials science & engineering at UCI. “Since these crystals have strongly correlated effects, we anticipate they will exhibit qualities similar to graphene that will be foundational to next-generation energy and information technologies.”

New technology produces perovskite quantum dots with excellent color purity and stability

A Taiwan-based research team has developed spray synthesis technology for producing perovskite quantum dots (PQDs). The technology reportedly features a photoluminescence quantum yield rate of nearly 100% and high color purity and stability of PQDs, according to Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), which sponsors the R&D project.

Using spray synthesis technology, nanometer-sized perovskite crystals are separated from perovskite precursors in solvent and then the crystals are centrifuged to extract PQDs of same sizes, said Lin Hao-wu, which leads the team from the Department of Material Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU).

Israeli-German researchers demonstrate continuous lasing action in devices made from perovskite materials

A collaborative study between Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany demonstrates remarkable continuous lasing action in devices made from perovskites.

"In contrast to previous studies around the world, this is the first study to exhibit continuous lasing action, as opposed to pulsed operation," says Prof. Jacob Scheuer of TAU's Department of Physical Electronics, who led the TAU team of researchers. "This family of materials is considered the most promising candidate for a future laser-based industry, because their fabrication is simple, fast and inexpensive compared to current semiconductor materials being used for these purposes. In addition, these materials can support the realization of solid-state lasers emitting in green, necessary for future lighting, displays and projectors," Prof. Scheuer adds. "Current semiconductor lasers emit light only in red and blue."

Perovskite membrane enables process that creates chemicals from carbon dioxide

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology and the University of Stuttgart are aiming to use carbon dioxide as a raw material for the production of chemicals, using a process based on a new perovskite capillary membrane.

The perovskite capillaries with a diameter of 2 mm and a wall thickness of 150 µm imageThe perovskite capillaries with a diameter of 2 mm and a wall thickness of 150 µm. Image by Fraunhofer

In the project “PiCK – Plasma-Induced CO2 Conversion for the Storage of Renewable Energies”, the researchers have been researching for two years a new approach that uses excess electricity from regenerative sources and combines plasma with membrane technology. The process splits CO2 into oxygen and the chemical base material carbon monoxide. The separation of oxygen is based on a perovskite capillary membrane, which is CO2-stable and permeable to oxygen at 1000°C.

New system could speed up the discovery and creation of new perovskite materials

Researchers at MIT and several additional institutions in Singapore and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland have developed a streamlined system for creating and analyzing perovskite compounds, that may accelerate the development time of perovskite solar cells and other applications. The new system could speed up the process of screening new formulations, achieving a roughly ten-fold improvement in the speed of the synthesis and analysis of new compounds. In the process, they have already discovered two sets of promising new perovskite-inspired materials that are worthy of further study.

New process to accelerate the creation of new perovskite materials image The sequence of steps used in the new streamlined process to synthesize perovskite-based materials

The team reported that most of the improvements in throughput speed resulted from workflow ergonomics. That involves more traditional systems efficiencies, often derived by tracking and timing the many steps involved: synthesizing new compounds, depositing them on a substrate to crystallize, and then observing and classifying the resulting crystal formations using multiple techniques.

Oxford PV pushes toward commercializing tin-using perovskite solar cells

Oxford PV has shared its plan to bring to market a tin-using, perovskite-based solar cell by the end of next year, according to International Tin Association (ITA). Compared to lead, it is hoped that tin can be a safer, more efficient element in the photovoltaic cell.

“Our perovskite solar cell technology will allow silicon solar cell and module manufacturers to break through their performance barrier,” Oxford PV says on its website. Voices have been heard that Oxford PV has managed to successfully the stability issue and can now bring the technology to the market.