Thin Film Photovoltaic Lab

While the average user might be acquainted with standard silicon-based solar cell technology, the field of photovoltaics is in continuous evolution. Cells based on new thin-film absorber materials, like perovskites or CIGS, are approaching conversion efficiencies of Si cells at potentially lower cost and with more flexible sizing.

Understanding the material and device properties of these new perovskite solar cells is crucial to develop the processes that enable the realisation of devices with highest performance. This is why EnergyVille demonstrates these new materials and device architectures not only on small lab-scale devices but also on large area (30x30cm²) modules, and even full integration in final applications like buildings, vehicles and infrastructure.

These thin film PV technologies can also be combined with the existing Si solar cell technology in so-called tandem solar cells. Such combination will yield even higher conversion efficiency, surpassing the boundaries that are currently limiting the further development of Si photovoltaics. Secondly, full thin film tandems are being explored as well.

Target audiences

For whom is this lab interesting?

  • Companies that develop new thin film photovoltaic materials
  • Producers of module materials (encapsulant, sealant, glass, coatings)
  • Developers and producers of production technologies for thin film deposition

What can you use the lab for?

  • Joint projects on next generation thin film PV
  • Perovskites research
  • CIGS research
  • Thin film deposition expertise

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