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Imec makes steady progress on Perovskite PV modules reaching a record 11% PCE

imec believes that ultimately it should be possible to achieve a power conversion efficiencies of more than 20% for this type of thin-film solar cell

13 Jul 2015 | Editor

imec has announced at ITF US (San Francisco, July 13, 2015), a record 11.3% aperture and 11.9% active area efficiency for its thin-film perovskite photovoltaic (PV) module. The efficiency was measured over an aperture area of 16cm2. This achievement is the best conversion efficiency for perovskite modules in literature.

According to the announcement Imec’s perovskite module achieves a geometrical fill factor of more than 95% and an aperture conversion efficiency of 11.3%. The active area efficiency was demonstrated with 11.9%.

These "record" devices have been fabricated by the conventional lab scale spin coating process.

imec/Solliance - Organometal halide perovskites pv modules

Figure: imec/Solliance - Organometal halide perovskites pv modules

Imec also used a linear coating technique (blade coating) for all the solution based layers, to prove industrially viable fabrication methods. By using this method, the modules achieved a 9% aperture area efficiency.

imec is exploring stacking a perovskite cell on top of a silicon solar cell to increase the conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells. The perovskite cell will capture the light which is not absorbed by silicon, as such enabling conversion efficiencies of more than 30%.

Imec is developing a platform for glass-based perovskite modules in collaboration with Solliance.

There is growing interest in both glass-based and thin-film perovskite PV technology for the BIPV market.

Tom Aernouts, R&D manager for thin-film photovoltaics at imec, said, "Imec is steadily improving the conversion efficiencies of its perovskite solar cells and at the same time adjusting the fabrication processes to enable industrial adoption of this promising technology." Tom added, "Leveraging our expertise in organic photovoltaics enables us to make rapid progress in enhancing the conversion efficiencies, ultimately aiming at conversion efficiencies of more than 20% for this type of thin-film solar cells."

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About imec

Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, India and Japan. Its staff of about 2,200 people includes almost 700 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2014, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 363 million euro.

Source: imec

About Solliance (pv network)

Solliance is a partnership of R&D organizations from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany working in thin film photovoltaic solar energy (TFPV). In order to strengthen the region’s position as a world player in PV, Solliance is creating the required synergy by consolidating and coordinating the activities of 250 researchers in industry, at research institutes and universities.

Various state-of-the-art laboratories and pilot production lines are jointly used for dedicated research programs which are executed in close cooperation with the solar business community. Solliance partners are: ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Centre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich, University Hasselt and Delft University of Technology.

Solliance offers participation in its research programs and opens up its lab facilities to new entrants, either from industry or in research. On the basis of clear Intellectual Property (IP) agreements, each industrial partner can participate in this research effort, or alternatively, hire equipment and experts to further develop its own technology.

Source: Solliance (pv network)

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