EU establishes the MAESTRO project - a €4 million program for perovskite solar materials research

The European Commission has established a new research training network, led by the University of Bath, to make perovskites "truly exploitable" and make perovskite-based devices commercially viable. The new program, called MAESTRO, has been given €4 million in funding and has begun hiring researchers to gain new knowledge and provide innovation in the exploitation of perovskite materials.

A trans-European project, MAESTRO is an inter-sectoral and multidisciplinary network of 10 academic and seven industrial partners from nine EU and EU-Associated countries: the UK, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Israel and Switzerland.

Oxford PV secures £8.02 Million in funding

Oxford PV has announced it has secured a further £8.02 Million (around $11.2 USD) in funding from its existing investors including Statoil and Legal & General Capital, to continue the commercialization of perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell technology.

The funding will enable Oxford PV to continue to transfer its advanced perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell technology from the company’s lab in Oxford, UK to industrial scale processes and equipment at the company’s demonstration line in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany. Oxford PV is working to fully optimize its commercial sized perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell technology, to ensure ease of integration into large scale silicon solar cell and module production. The company is closely collaborating with its development partner – a major manufacturer of silicon solar cells and modules.

Project ESPResSo will receive EU funding to bring PSCs out of the lab and into the market

Imec, the leading research hub focused on nanoelectronics, energy and digital technologies and partner in EnergyVille, has been named the coordinator of an ambitious 3-year European Union (EU) funded project called "ESPResSo" (Efficient Structures and Processes for Reliable Perovskite Solar Modules), that gathers known leaders in the field of perovskite PV technology to revolutionize Europe's photovoltaics (PV) industry.

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The ESPResSo consortium has been granted over 5 Million by the European Union to overcome the limitations of today's state-of-the-art perovskite PV technology, bring perovskite solar cells to the next maturity level, and demonstrate their practical application.

Greatcell Solar awarded €500,000 in EU Horizon 2020 project

Greatcell logo imageGreatcell Solar has been awarded €500,000 in a European Union Horizon 2020 project known as H2020-SGA-FET-GRAPHENE. The grant to Greatcell's application has occurred through its 100% Italian subsidiary, Greatcell Solar Italy, located in Rome.

The H2020 project is for the innovative development and the installation of a Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC) 10m2 array in the Greek island of Crete and aligns closely with Greatcell's existing technology development plan. Much of the work involved will investigate advanced technology for higher efficiencies, longer life and improved encapsulation of PSC enabled glass substrates, investigating in particular the usage of Graphene in PSC solar cells.

New research program into perovskite solar cells launched

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a priority program to carry out research into perovskite solar cells – co-ordinated by the Konstanz physicist Professor Lukas Schmidt-Mende, which will receive €2.3 million a year in funding. The DFG has established the program – ‘Perovskite semiconductors: from fundamental properties to devices’ – to carry out the basic research into perovskite semiconductors.

Universities from across Germany, the UK, and Switzerland will collaborate on the project, meaning that it will be one of the largest joint research projects in Europe in the area of perovskite semiconductor research.