News (photovoltaics)

A flexible lightweight solar panel from Midsummer (photo: Midsummer)

Midsummer proves minimal carbon footprint of its thin film solar cell production process

A new study commissioned by the solar energy technology leader Midsummer (Stockholm, Sweden) shows that the company’s proprietary flexible CIGS thin film solar module manufacturing process is much more environmentally friendly than other solar module production processes like e.g. for silicon modules.


Oxford PV’s 156x156mm perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells at the company’s industrial pilot line in Germany (photo: Oxford PV)

Oxford PV leads consortium to prepare perovskite solar cells for high volume manufacturing

Oxford PV, a leader in the field of perovskite solar cells, announced a new consortium to further demonstrate the manufacturability of perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells. The project has received €2.8M from the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy as part of its wider investment programme into renewable energy development. The consortium led by Oxford PV additionally comprises VON ARDENNE GmbH, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, and the Technical University of Berlin.


The perovskite-silicon tandem cell from imec (photo: imec)

Imec beats silicon PV with 27.1% perovskite-silicon tandem

Imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technology, within the partnership of EnergyVille, recently announced a record result for its 4-terminal perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic cell. With a power conversion efficiency of 27.1 percent, the new imec tandem cell beats the most efficient standalone silicon solar cell. Further careful engineering of the Perovskite material will bring efficiencies over 30% in reach. 


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