Saule Technologies is a Polish start-up that designed a low-temperature method for manufacturing flexible photovoltaic perovskite cells. The company is working on the development of a flexible and semi-transparent cell based on PET foil.
Saule's aim is to combine perovskite solar cells with other currently available products.
In December 2018, The Henn-na Hotel in Japan, a technologically advanced hotel staffed by robots, installed perovskite solar technology developed by Saule Technologies. The installed commercial prototype is made of 72 perovskite modules encapsulated in curved glass. Also in December 2018, Saule Technologies announced that Skanska has gone through with the installation of the first big format perovskite solar panel provided by Saule Technologies, integrated into its office in Warsaw, Poland. The size of the solar panel being tested on Skanska's Spark office building is 1.3 x 0.9 meters, containing 52 photovoltaic modules.
Saule Technologies has been working on the application of ink-jet printing for fabricating free-form perovskite solar modules since 2014. This technique allows the shapes and areas covered by each layer to be customized according to requirements. The stability and water resistance of the modules make them ideal for the construction industry. The company has conducted advanced research on perovskite applications in solar energy harvesting and optoelectronics with leading international universities in the UK, Israel, Germany, Italy and Spain. With a Japanese investor on board, along with support from the Polish National Centre for Research and Development and several research grants worth more than EUR 20 million, Saule Technologies is working on a large-scale, prototype production line.
In December 2014 in Boston, Saule Technologies unveiled the world's first printed perovskite.
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Saule Technologies' perovskite-based PV cells have reached 25.5% efficiency, as confirmed by laboratory measurements at the Fraunhofer ISE group of Dr. Uli WÃ¼rfel.
The measurements were carried out under 1000 lux illumination by a cold white LED, which represents the real-life environment for the first commercial application of these devices.
Perovskite solar panels have been under intensive R&D, and it seems as if commercial production is right around the corner. Some pilot-scale production lines are already functional, and companies are now ramping up production of perovskite panels, using various technologies.
UK-based Oxford PV, for example, recently announced that it has completed the build-out of its 100 MW manufacturing site in Germany, and it is on track to start full production in 2022. China's Microquanta Semiconductor perovskite panel factory is reportedly also nearing production (which should have started late 2020, but updates have not been available since), and another China-based company, GCL, has raised around $15 million USD to expand its pilot-scale production factory to mass production (100 MW).
Saule Technologies recently announced the launch of the first installation of photovoltaic blinds - sun breakers with perovskite solar cells - In Lublin, Poland. This first-in-the-world commercial implementation of perovskite solar cell technology was a collaboration with the client company Aliplast.
Saule Technologies, which recently celebrated the opening of its first production line of perovskite solar cells, now marks another milestone in its development in the form of premiering its solar sun blinds with perovskite solar cells on the Aliplast factory facade in Lublin. The first part of the project was completed' sun blinds with over 32m2 of perovskite solar modules were installed.
Researchers at the University of Rome Tor Vergata's Centre for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy (CHOSE), in collaboration with Poland-based Saule Technologies, have demonstrated a large-area flexible perovskite solar module with a fully scalable deposition technique.
The results show the optimization of PTTA and perovskite layer deposition by blade-coating, with the final fabrication of a flexible perovskite module with a PCE of 10.51% over 15.7 cm2, showing outstanding light stability of FPSM with a T80â² of 730 h and a recovery efficiency in the dark showing a T80â³ of 1560 h, the most stable in the literature reported so far.
Saule Technologies has launched its first production line of perovskite solar cells - printed on polymer films. The Company has developed a method for making perovskite solar cells at room temperature. The cells can be used on a variety of surfaces - from price tags to building facades and space satellites.
The company sees a great future for the new type of solar cells and expects them to be used on cars, truck tarpaulins, sails, tents, clothing, tablets and laptop cases. Saule Technologies believe that such cells will also power drones and Internet of Things (IoT) devices and writes that the variety of applications for perovskite photovoltaic cells is practically unlimited".
Saule Technologies wants to go public without IPO through a reverse merger of a shell company Blumerang Investors, noted in Warsaw's New Connect market. The companies will begin a due diligence process with a goal to finalize it as soon as possible.
In 2020, Saule Technologies set out to develop an animal-tracking system, assisted by perovskite-based pv modules, to support the monitoring of European bison in Ukraine. Now, Saule Technologies has reported the development of one of the first real-life applications of perovskite solar cells - powering the telemetry collar for European bison.
The newly-developed solar-powered collar was designed to be more optimal for monitoring big wildlife than commercially available asset-tracking devices, as capturing big, long-lived mammals like bison in order to replace the battery is understandably troublesome and costly. The project was executed in collaboration with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Ukraine and co-financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Polish Challenge Fund.
Poland-based Saule Technologies that develops flexible photovoltaic cells based on perovskite technology, recently launched sunbreaker lamellas equipped with perovskite solar cells. In a market full of potential and promises but still low on commercial products, it is definitely encouraging to see the launch of a product such as this.
The product presentation took place in cooperation with partners Somfy and Aliplast. The company intends to commercialize the sunbreakers in cooperation with the company to be selected in a tender. The first presentation of the product took place at Silesia Ring track during an event attended by representatives of the management of several dozen of the largest Polish companies from such industries as logistics, retail, FMCG, telecommunications and real estate. The product presented during the premiere included an automation system and smart cover control by Somfy, and an aluminum construction provided by Aliplast.
Poland-based PSC developer Saule Technologies recently announced a partnership with Columbus Energy, the largest service provider on the market of photovoltaic installations in Poland.
As part of this partnership, Saule Technologies received a â¬10 Million investment from Columbus Energy.
An animal-tracking system by Saule Technologies will support the monitoring of European bison in Ukraine. Local partner World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Ukraine, WWF Poland and Saule Technologies will cooperate on the 'Perovskite Solar Module Enabled IOT Asset Tracking for Wildlife Conservation' initiative under the Challenge Fund: Polish Solutions for SDGs Fund, with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
Bohdan Vykhor, PhD, Wildlife Programme manager at the WWF Ukraine, explains that bison population recovery is an ongoing process. 'The species was reintroduced to various areas in Europe with significant efforts from different wildlife conservation programs (WWF, LHI, COA, IUCN, LIFE EU) and great work should be done in the future. We need to connect the free moving bison population divided across Europe and support natural gene flow. Using tracking systems on captive animals is an important element for understanding their behavior in the natural environment, ecological corridors and crucial habitats for different stages of their life cycle - so vital data is key to the success of species conservations.'