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Oxford PV collaborates with HZB to move perovskite solar cells closer to commercialisation

The companies are collaborating to support the accelerated transfer of its technology into silicon cell manufacturing lines

Oxford PV - Company's manufacturing facility in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany

9 Jan 2018 | Editor

Oxford PV has announced its collaboration with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) who will support Oxford PV to further optimise its perovskite on silicon tandem solar cell technology, and demonstrate production scale up, to ensure ease of integration into large scale silicon solar cell and module production.

According to Oxford PV this partnership reflects the considerable progress in transferring its advanced perovskite on silicon tandem solar cell technology from its laboratory in Oxford, UK to an industrial scale process at its site in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany.

"Working with HZB to understand solar cell manufacturers’ silicon cells, will allow Oxford PV's perovskite on silicon tandem formation to be fully optimised, to ensure the most efficient tandem solar cell, and the easy transfer of our technology into our commercial partner’s industrial processes"

"“Oxford PV is now in the final stage of commercialising its perovskite photovoltaic solution, which has the potential to enable efficiency gains that will transform the economics of silicon photovoltaic technology globally."

Chris Case, Chief Technology Officer, at Oxford PV

"HZB believe that perovskites present a significant opportunity to the future of photovoltaics. For this reason, at our new innovation lab - HySPRINT, we have significantly increased our expertise and attracted some of the most promising young scientists in this field. HZB’s collaboration with Oxford PV is strategically important to the institute, as Oxford PV is the ideal partner to further develop our solar cell technology knowledge and help support the commercialisation of tandem silicon perovskite photovoltaic cells."

Rutger Schlatmann, Director of the PVcomB institute at HZB

www.oxfordpv.com    www.helmholtz-berlin.de   

About Oxford Photovoltaics

Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd (Oxford PV) is a pioneering solar technology company that was founded in 2010 as a spin-off from the University of Oxford by Professor Henry Snaith. Today, the company’s team of 37 people, including chemists and advanced materials scientists are on a fast-track to commercialising a new perovskite-based technology. Last year, Professor Snaith was honoured by Thomson Reuters as the second most influential scientific mind in the world. The company believes that this technology will enable cell manufacturers in the US$100bn solar power industry to boost the performance of their solar cells by around 30 per cent and facilitate new multi-billion dollar markets for the generation of solar power.

Source: Oxford Photovoltaics

About Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

The Helmholtz Association pursues the long-term research goals of state and society to maintain and improve the livelihoods of the population. To do this, the Helmholtz Association conducts top-level research to identify and explore the major challenges facing society, science and the economy. Its work is divided into six research fields.

The Helmholtz Association brings together 18 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centres. With more than 38,000 employees and an annual budget of over €4 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation. The Association's work follows in the tradition of its namesake, the natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894).

The researchers at HZB are focussed primarily on thin-film materials. The scientists investigate physical phenomena that chiefly occur at the surfaces or boundary layers of materials and develop new classes of materials with new capabilities. At the same time, they are working on improving the synthesis of materials and developing prototypes that could be of vital interest for industrial applications.

State-of-the-art research infrastructure for all of this work is available at the HZB for use not just by HZB scientists, but by researchers from the world over.

Source: Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

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