New European research initiative launched for the development of perovskites based solar technology

Netherlands-based solar energy consortium Solliance Solar Research announced last week that European industry and research institutions  have launched the European Perovskite Initiative (EPKI) for the development of perovskites based solar technology in joining forces to make perovskite solar technology disruptive, boost the energy transition and strengthen Europe.

Perovskite based solar cells have made tremendous progress over the last decade. Solliance Solar Research regular publishes new milestone in its research. Outstanding efficiencies, aperture areas and tandem cells with other technologies have been achieved, turning it into the fastest-advancing solar technology to date.

Perovskite technology will help further reducing costs and resource demands of solar electricity production, hence providing new capacity to tackle climate change and will offer the opportunity for the creation of jobs in Europe in the fast growing PV industry.

In the context where decarbonizing the energy-mix is becoming a priority challenge for European countries among others, European universities, research institutes and industries involved in the development of perovskite technologies have agreed to the creation of a collaborative platform: the EPKI. This initiative is dedicated to gathering all significant parties working in this field and is pursuing the following objectives:

  • Raise the awareness on perovskite based photovoltaics by conveying a common vision through the editing of a common European perovskite whitepaper,
  • Support and initiate next generation PV industrial initiatives,
  • Facilitate joint-research programs and synergies among universities, institutes and companies.

Ronn Andriessen and Louis Huber explained:

“During last months’ discussions with current EPKI participants, it became clear we all share the same vision and that joining forces would be beneficial to all. This new perovskite based PV technology has a very high potential and a massive roll-out of it would fit very well within the Europe SET plan as well as in the global urgency to massively install sustainable and affordable energy generators everywhere needed”.

This European initiative is being animated by Ronn Andriessen, director at Solliance and consultant Louis Huber from Greensquare. So far, the active participants to this joint initiative are:

  • Austrian Institute of Technology – AIT (AT)
  • CEA – Institut National de l’Energie Solaire – INES (FR)
  • Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique – CSEM (CH)
  • Centrum for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy – CHOSE, University of Rome Tor Vergata (IT)
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR (IT)
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL (CH)
  • Fraunhofer – ISE (DE)
  • Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg & Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energies (DE)
  • Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie (DE)
  • Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France – IPVF (FR): EDF (FR), Total (FR), CNRS (FR), École Polytechnique (FR), Air Liquide (FR), Horiba (FR), Riber (FR)
  • Instituto Italiano de Tecnologia – IIT (IT)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (SE)
  • Oxford-PV (UK, DE)
  • Saule Technologies (PL)
  • Smit Thermal Solutions (NL).
  • Solliance Solar Research (NL, BE, DE): TNO (NL), Imec (BE), Forschungszentrum Jülich (DE), Eindhoven University of Technology (NL),
  • University of Hasselt (BE), Delft University of Technology (NL), University of Twente (NL), University of Groningen (NL)
  • University of Oxford (UK)
  • University of Perugia (IT)
  • University of Potsdam (PL)
  • University of Valencia (ES)
  • Uppsala Universitet (SE)

Source: News release by Solliance Solar Research. Photo Credit: Solliance Solar Research.