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Skanska together with Saule Technologies launches first perovskite solar cell application in office buildings

Skanska's long term goal is to become the "first" developer worldwide to cover office buildings with semi-transparent perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale

Saule -Example of Skanska’s office building covered by semi-transparent perovskite solar modules

17 Jan 2018 | Editor

Saule Technologies have announced they will be providing Skanska's commercial development business unit in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) with perovskite technology in the form of test cells. Skanska's long term goal is to become the "first" developer worldwide to cover office buildings with semi-transparent perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale. The initial implementation tests are planned for 2018 in Poland.

Skanska will apply the test-cells onto its projects in 2018, creating a significant milestone towards zero-energy and carbon neutral office investments. The developer has exclusive rights to use Saule Technologies’ solar cell solutions, as stated in a license-based agreement signed between the two companies, in building façades and noise barriers across all Skanska markets worldwide (the Nordics, Europe and the USA). Saule states that the adoption of perovskite technology means benefits for the developer, tenants and communities – favourable implementation costs, lower energy costs and consumption, and lower carbon footprints.

Saule Technologies/Skanska - Olga Malinkiewicz, co-founder and CTO at Saule Technologies and Katarzyna Zawodna, CEO of Skanska's commercial development business in CEE

Figure: Saule Technologies/Skanska - Olga Malinkiewicz, co-founder and CTO at Saule Technologies and Katarzyna Zawodna, CEO of Skanska's commercial development business in CEE


Saule Technologies - Printed, flexible, perovskite photovoltaics

Figure: Saule Technologies - Printed, flexible, perovskite photovoltaics

"Perovskite solar cells offer new opportunities to architects and construction companies willing to utilize solar power. Our modules are lighter, thinner and much more design friendly than the most popular silicon solar cells. We may customize the shape, color and size of the module depending on the needs of the customer and install them wherever there is a free area on the building. This also means not being limited to the roof."


Olga Malinkiewicz, Co-founder and CTO at Saule Technologies

"It is not a science-fiction vision anymore. Working with talented scientists from Saule, we are now turning fiction into reality and creating buildings which are more energy efficient and carbon neutral. Up to now this has not been possible on a large scale. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges the modern world is facing and it contributes to extreme weather events that are increasing in frequency and severity around the world. As such there is increasing legislative pressure to run businesses in a sustainable and attentive manner."


Katarzyna Zawodna, CEO of Skanska's commercial development business in CEE

Background

Saule Technologies has been working on the application of ink-jet printing for fabricating free-form perovskite solar modules since 2014. This technique allows the shapes and areas covered by each layer to be customised according to requirements.

The stability and water resistance of the modules makes them ideal for the construction industry. The company has conducted advanced research on perovskite applications in solar energy harvesting and optoelectronics with leading international universities in the UK, Israel, Germany, Italy and Spain.

With a Japanese investor on board, along with support from the Polish National Centre for Research and Development and several research grants worth more than EUR 20 million, Saule Technologies is now working on a large-scale, prototype production line.

www.sauletech.com    www.skanska.pl   


About Skanska Group

We are part of the Skanska Group, established in 1887. The group is one of the biggest building and developer companies in the world, currently employing 41,000 specialists in Europe and the United States. We build in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, caring for the future needs of communities that we operate in. We focus on how our projects will influence the life of people and the country’s development in the long-term. We participate in some of the most innovative developments and are currently working on 10,000 projects worldwide.

Skanska’s revenue in 2016 totaled around 16 billion EUR and operating profit totaled 866 million EUR. The company’s headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Skanska has been listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange since 1965. Skanska’s standards of work are described in its “Code of Conduct”. In each market, we work in accordance with common values: we care for life, we act ethically and transparently, we are better together and we are committed to our customers. In Poland, Skanska employs nearly 7,000 specialists in three business units: Skanska S.A., Skanska Property Poland, Skanska Residential Development Poland.

Source: Skanska Group

About Saule Technologies

Saule Technologies is one of the first companies in the world working on the commercialization of perovskites in the new generation of photovoltaic cells. The company has pioneered the application of ink-jet printing for the fabrication of flexible, light-weight, semi-transparent and efficient perovskite solar modules. Currently, Saule Technologies is a team of 20 scientists from 11 countries working in Wrocław, in one of the most advanced optoelectronics laboratories in Europe, to develop the cost-competitive and versatile solar energy harvesting technology.

Source: Saule Technologies


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