News (photovoltaics)


An ultrathin protective coating proves sufficient to protect a perovskite solar cell from the harmful effects of space and harden it against environmental factors on Earth, according to newly published research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).


For the development of next-generation, high-performance solar cells and modules, Meyer Burger Technology AG (Thun, Switzerland) has brought renowned partners on board and signed corresponding multi-year cooperation agreements. Together with CSEM from Switzerland, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, and the Institute of Photovoltaics at the University of Stuttgart, the company is working on the industrialisation of perovskite tandem technology, which is expected to allow the industrial production of solar cells with efficiencies in excess of 30 percent in the future.


In conjunction with the opening of their new production line, Raynergy Tek (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a world leader in organic semiconductor chemistry, and ASCA (Nantes, France) are strengthening their long-lasting partnership through signing an extended cooperation agreement. On this occasion, an ASCA OPV structure has been in-stalled at the new production premises of Raynergy Tek in Taiwan. In order to manifest the progress made together in the last years, the companies have signed a memorandum of understanding with the objective to upscale Raynergy Tek’s newest semiconductor materials. To meet the growing demand for OPV, Raynergy will commission the new production line in November this year.

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