Saule Technologies recently announced a 4.35 Million Euro grant from the Polish National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), to push forward the mass production of flexible perovskite solar modules for IoT applications.
Saule Technologies has pioneered the manufacturing of flexible perovskite solar cells. These types of devices offer excellent energy harvesting capabilities, particularly interesting for applications where the presence of direct sunlight is not prevalent. Saule stated that perovskite-based solar cells are the fastest evolving solar technology to date, with their single junction record power conversion efficiency in the lab already achieving 25.2% under one sun condition. However, this performance can be significantly higher when perovskites are exposed to artificial light, which is critical for the IoT solutions.
With the financial support from NCBR, Saule Technologies will further improve the low-light performance of these perovskite solar modules, enabling them to provide the highest power output among all energy harvesting solutions available on the market, and ramp-up the production capabilities of the company in the upcoming years.
The project leader Dr. David Forgacs commented: “The solution that we are developing will unlock even more possibilities to utilize wireless sensors, which will have a significant impact on the way we live our lives over the next decade. We are already in advanced discussions with potential offtakers for this product as we notice a unique market opportunity which differentiates Saule from its competition”
CTO Dr. Olga Malinkiewicz said: “We are grateful for the continuous support of NCBR. Successfully finishing our first project with the launch of our pilot line has shown that we have an excellent team and technology. With this opportunity we are lunging towards the mass production of our devices.”
Co-founder Artur Kupczunas mentioned: “We are aiming to be at the forefront of this development by looking to collaborate with big industrial players. In particular, those active in the field of microelectronics, big data, and telecommunications are of great interest for us to jointly develop the game-changing technologies of the future.”