Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), ZSW and IMEC presented at the PSCO international conference a prototype of the new solar module using thin-film technology. According to the researchers, an efficiency of 17.8% has been achieved in this prototype of a perovskite/CIGS tandem thin-film solar module, exceeding the efficiency of individual perovskite and CIGS solar modules for the very first time.
To create the new solar module, the researchers used a stack module. By merging both perovskite and CIGS into one module, the new structure could benefit from the advantages of both technologies. The upper semitransparent layer of the model is made of perovskite, which absorbs high solar energy. Meanwhile, the lower CIGS layer is responsible for infrared conversion. Having an area of 3.67 square meters, the stacked perovskite/CIGS model is also designed to meet industrial needs. It features a monolithic interconnection scheme using 4 and 7 module cell stripes. Unlike other small-scale solar cells, the new stacked solar module can be interconnected for several square meters through laser processing.