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Organic solar film (photo: Silicon Saxony/Fraunhofer FEP)

Fraunhofer FEP and Heliatek: Conclusion of BMBF research project on transparent organic photovoltaic glass façades (TOP)

In December 2018, the BMBF-funded research project "Transparent Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) Glass Facade" (project name: TOP) ended as part of the funding initiative "Organic Electronics - Fundamentals of Technology and Application Scenarios." The aim of the joint project was to develop semi-transparent solar foils with a transparency of 15-30% at an efficiency of 8-10% and a suitable encapsulation. The consortium consisted of CreaPhys GmbH (Dresden), Fraunhofer FEP (Dresden), Fraunhofer ISE (Freiburg), Heliatek GmbH (Dresden) and the University of Ulm.

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BASF starts up plant for functionalising foils in Münster

In the presence of the minister of economics of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Prof Andreas Pinkwart, and Münster’s mayor Markus Lewe, a plant for coating foils was started up on the BASF company premises in Münster. Innovative materials applied layer by layer in an ultra-thin coat give foils additional properties, thus “functionalising” them. BASF developed the innovative coating technology and the first product – a barrier foil – within a very short time.

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Oxford PV perovskite-on-silicon solar cells in pilot production (photo: Oxford PV)

Oxford PV secures £65M in series D funding round

Oxford PV, a UK-based leader in the field of perovskite solar cells, has closed its series D funding round. An additional £34M, following the £31M first close, brings the funding round total to £65M.

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