News (solar energy)

 

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has won a seasoned solar expert for its future production facilities in Germany: Moritz Borgmann (born 1977) is appointed managing director of the newly founded Meyer Burger (Industries) GmbH as of 1 February 2021. This entity will manufacture the highly efficient heterojunction solar cells and SmartWire solar modules.

 

Heliatek (Dresden, Germany) has announced that its award-winning organic solar film HeliaSol has passed the stringent criteria of the Solar Impulse Foundation to be approved as one of its listed efficient solutions. The so-called “1000solutions” programme was launched by Bertrand Piccard (the first person that circumnavigated the world in the solar airplane “Solar Impulse”) to promote innovations that help protecting our environment in a profitable way. Currently more than 400 of these solutions are listed in the five categories:

 
The tandem solar cell was realised on a typical laboratory scale of one square centimetre. However, scaling up is possible (photo: Eike Köhnen/HZB)

In the race for ever higher efficiency levels, an Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) development team has once again pulled ahead. The groups of Steve Albrecht and Bernd Stannowski have developed a tandem solar cell made of the semiconductors perovskite and silicon that converts 29.15 per cent of the incident light into electrical energy. This value has been officially certified by the CalLab of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and means that surpassing the 30 per cent efficiency mark is now within reach.

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