HZB team brings the efficiency of perovskite silicon tandem solar cells to 29.15%

An HZB research and development team has reached a record efficiency of 29.15% of its tandem solar cell made of perovskite and silicon.

HZB team sets new efficiency record for perovskite-silicon cells imageThe illustration shows the structure of the tandem solar cell: between the thin perovskite layer (black) and the silicon layer (blue) are functional intermediate layers. © Eike Köhnen/HZB

The groups of Steve Albrecht and Bernd Stannowski have developed the tandem solar cell, which converts 29.15 percent of the incident light into electrical energy. This value is officially certified by the CalLab of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

Panasonic announces 16.1% efficiency for lightweight perovskite solar module

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has reported the production of a lightweight 30cmX30cm perovskite solar module with an efficiency of 16.01%. The result was achieved in a research project by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.

The device has an area of 802cm² and thickness of 2mm. The manufacturer claims it improved module performance through an inkjet coating method and a reduction in weight by using thin glass substrates.

Japanese manufacturer acquires rights to produce CIGS perovskite cell with 23.26% efficiency developed by HZB and Kaunas University

In September 2019, a research team led by Prof. Steve Albrecht from the HZB (in close collaboration with Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania) announced a tandem solar cell with certified efficiency of 23.26% that combines the semiconducting materials perovskite and CIGS. Now, the team shares further details on these cells and states that an unnamed Japanese manufacturer has acquired the rights to produce them.

World record for tandem perovskite-CIGS solar cell image

The scientists said the self-assembling material used for the cell is made of molecules based on carbazole head groups with phosphonic acid anchoring groups, and consists of 1-2nm of self-assembled monolayers deposited on the surface of the perovskite by dipping it into a diluted solution.

EPFL team reports on new method to enable rapid and stable production of perovskite solar cells

Researchers at EPFL in Switzerland have reported on the use of Flash Infrared Annealing (FIRA) to rapidly produce efficient, stable perovskite solar cells.

FIRA shares many characteristics with thermal annealing techniques already used to grow pure crystal phases for the semiconductor industry. It works by using a short IR pulse to rapidly nucleate a perovskite film from a precursor solution, without the need for a high-temperature scaffold. The high speed and relatively low processing temperatures mean that FIRA is compatible with large-area deposition techniques, like roll-to-roll processing. For PSCs, it could offer a practical route to scaling-up production.

Carbon nanotubes shown to improve the efficiency of perovskite solar cells

A team of scientists in Japan has used carbon nanotubes to reliably create perovskite crystal layers free of defects and holes. Their findings could improve the performance of perovskite-based solar panels.

In this study, researchers led by Professor Keiko Waki at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, found a way to bond carbon nanotubes (CNT) to perovskite to improve the latter’s efficiency and stability.