Interview with Greatcell Solar Materials' GM Yanek Hebting

In December 2018, Greatcell Solar declared bankruptcy, a sad ending to a once promising perovskite venture. However, prior to this bankruptcy (in September 2018), the Production Division of Greatcell Solar was sold off, in a new business called Greatcell Solar Materials (GSM).

GSM's materials image

GSM manufactures and supplies its products like perovskite precursors, silver inks, various dopants and more to the scientific community. The company's general manager, Dr. Yanek Hebting, kindly agreed to answer some of our questions regarding GSM's business and technology.

The best of 2018 - top perovskite stories

2018 is soon over - and it was another exciting year for the perovskite industry. We've seen many new research advances, but more importantly , we are starting to see first signs of commercialization. 2018 was also an exciting year for Perovskite-Info, as we have experienced significant growth and published our Perovskite Handbook - which demonstrates positive sales and feedback.

Here are the top 10 stories posted on Perovskite-Info in 2018, ranked by popularity (i.e. how many people read the story):

  1. Microquanta reaches 17.9% efficiency for perovskite solar mini-module (Jul 3)
  2. Saule Technologies' perovskite-based solar panels headed for commercial implementation by building company Skanska (Jan 17)
  3. Greatcell Solar announces bankruptcy (Dec 11)
  4. Berkeley team creates perovskite material for smart photovoltaic windows (Jan 23)
  5. Novel microscopic analysis of perovskite solar cells deepens understanding of their degradation (Jan 17)
  6. Solliance and ECN make great strides in improving tandem solar cells (Mar 21)
  7. Oxford PV sets new record with perovskite tandem solar cells with 27.3% conversion efficiency (Jun 26)
  8. Duke team develops a method to create hybrid thin-film materials (Jan 4)
  9. Researchers demonstrate controlled epitaxial growth of all inorganic lead-free halide perovskites (Apr 2)
  10. New titanium-based material shows promise for lead-free perovskite-based PV (Feb 14)

Is Apple developing perovskite-enhanced QD-LED displays?

Quantum Dots are used today in the display industry to enhance the quality and efficiency of LCD-based displays, most notably in TVs (one example is Samsung's premium QLED TV range). While these are still LCD displays enhanced by QDs, quantum dots also have the larger potential to create truly emissive displays (QD-LED) which could compete with OLEDs and even surpass them in quality, efficiency and ease of production.

Apple iPhone XS photo

Several companies (including Samsung, BOE, LG, CSoT and others) are indeed developing QD-LED displays (Samsung, interestingly, is preparing to kick-start hybrid QD-OLED TV pilot production next year). Apple is not left behind, and the company is already known to be looking into QD-LED technologies.

The Perovskite Handbook

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Reading this book, you'll learn all about:

  • Different perovskite materials, their properties and structure
  • How perovskites can be made, tuned and used
  • What kinds of applications perovskites may be suitable for
  • What the obstacles on the way to a perovskite revolution are
  • Perovskite solar cells, their merits and challenges
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