Oxford PV to open perovskite fab in Germany

Oxford PV has announced plans to build a perovskite fabrication line in Germany. This is exciting news for the thin film PV community and it will be a major milestone for the further commercialization of this record breaking thin-film technology. “Perovskite has the potential to radically improve the efficiency of solar PV and meet the world’s energy demand in the future,” said Oxford PV CEO Frank Averdung.

Record for Perovskite/CIGS Solar Module

Stacked Perovskite/CIGS Solar Module Achieves Unprecedented Efficiency at 17.8 Percent.

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Scientists from Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, ZSW), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and imec (partner in Solliance and EnergyVille) have fabricated a thin-film solar module stack made up of perovskite and Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) with a conversion efficiency of 17.8 percent. For the first time, this tandem module surpasses the highest efficiencies of separate perovskite and CIGS modules.

More information: https://www.zsw-bw.de/en/newsroom/news/news-detail/news/detail/News/rekord-fuer-perowskit-cigs-tandem-solarmodul.html

PVthin welcomes Solibro Hi-Tech GmbH as new full member

PVthin is proud to welcome the Solibro Hi-Tech GmbH as new full member to the association.

The Solibro Hi-Tech GmbH located in Solar Valley is a pioneer in the field of CIGS thin-film technology. Its focus is on the continuous improvement of all products and production systems, as well as the expansion of the existing production capacities in the context of international turnkey projects. In cooperation with the Solibro Research AB in Sweden and the Solibro GmbH at the same location in Germany, joint work is carried out aimed at the advancement of our products and processes, in order to always be able to offer our customers state-of-the-art modules and production facilities.

For more information visit: http://solibro-hitech.com/de/start/

 

PVthin welcomes new member LPKF SolarQuipment GmbH

PVthin is proud to welcome the LPKF SolarQuipment GmbH as a new associated member of the association. LPKF SolarQuipment develops laser systems for digital printing of highly filled inks and for scribing thin-film solar modules. More information is available at LPKF-SolarQuipment.

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Photovoltaik-Forschung: Wissenschaftler steigern Stabilität von Perowskiten als Ausgangsmaterial für Solarzellen enorm | Solarserver

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Solar Isn’t A Commodity: The Advantages Of First Solar’s CdTe Technology Explained | Seeking Alpha

Many argue that the solar modules are a commodity, where producers can essentially only compete on price. This is brutally true for solar manufacturers within the same technology, such as crystalline silicon (c-Si), as there is little notable opportunity for differentiation outside of module efficiency improvements.

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First Solar – Growing Confidence In CdTe Technology | Seeking Alpha

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) has experienced an enormous amount of success on the CdTe (cadmium telluride) front over the past few years. In fact, the company is now so confident in its CdTe thin-film technology that it is abandoning its $100 million high-efficiency silicon TetraSun line.

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Dünnschicht-Solartechnik nimmt neuen Anlauf | VDI Nachrichten

Dünnschichtmodule können Solarstrom wesentlich günstiger erzeugen als die gängige Siliziumtechnik – dieses Versprechen der Hersteller steht seit Jahren unerfüllt im Raum. Doch das könnte sich bald ändern: Mit optimierten Prozessen und neuen Materialien treiben Entwickler den Wirkungsgrad der schlanken Stromgeneratoren und senken die Produktionskosten.

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