The recent Silicon PV/nPV conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, saw Solliance's announcement on the achievement of a major milestone in perovskite technology for application in future industrial high efficiency tandem photovoltaic cells and modules. Solliance announced realizing a perovskite cell that combines good cell efficiency with a very high near infrared transparency of 93%.
Also at the conference, ECN shows that when this perovskite cell is mechanically stacked on a 6 inch2 silicon bottom cell with its proprietary MWT-SHJ (metal-wrap-through silicon heterojunction) design, 26.3% efficiency is achieved, an increase of 3.6% points over the efficiency of the directly illuminated silicon cell laminate.
'The active area of the tested small semi-transparent perovskite cell is 0.09 cm2; the power conversion efficiency is 16.4%. The performance measurement of the four terminal hybrid tandem was according to the generally accepted procedure as described by J. Werner.
Scaling up from a laboratory scale to an industrial process is a major barrier for successful implementation of a new promising development. Therefore Solliance employs different scales in development. Now that the device was proven with spin coated layers, we use pilot scale equipment provided by our industrial partners to scale it to a viable industrial production process,' adds Sjoerd Veenstra, program manager Perovskite Solar Cells at Solliance. "Also the expertise of industrial partners of Solliance in sheet-to-sheet spatial ALD and laser interconnection of thin film cells is used to scale-up the technology to 30x30 cm2 demonstration modules.'
The semi-transparent top cell was combined with a 6 inch2 size MWT-SHJ c-Si cell of 22.7% encapsulated cell efficiency, processed by Choshu Industry Co, in collaboration with ECN. This bottom cell contributes 9.9 percentage points to the tandem cell efficiency. Bart Geerligs, program manager hybrid tandem solar cells and modules, and Gianluca Coletti, Director of ECN Industry Research Program, at ECN comment: 'This result shows how feasible it is to achieve significant efficiency gain even over high-end crystalline silicon technology and based on industrial process technology. At ECN we are working to further optimize the bottom cells and the module integration to obtain higher conversion efficiency, reliability, and lower production cost to match the market requirements for tandem applications.'