European Perovskite Initiative Launched To Support Next Generation PV

Sensing the potential for perovskite based solar cells in reducing costs and resource demands of solar electricity production, interested stakeholders in Europe have come together under the umbrella of the European Perovskite Initiative (EPKI). Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is one of the founding members of the initiative that was launched during the Smarter E Europe in Munich on May 15, 2019.

“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,” said Solliance Director Ronn Andriessen and Greensquare consultant Louis Huber who lead the initiative.

So far, perovskite based solar cells have been reported to have achieved lab-scale efficiencies of 24.2% for single-junction architecture, and 28% as tandem cells paired with crystalline silicon, which Fraunhofer ISE says makes it the ‘fastest- advancing solar technology to date’

The initiative will raise the awareness on perovskite based PV through a common European perovskite whitepaper, support and initiate next generation PV industrial initiatives, and facilitate joint-research programs and synergies among universities, institutes and companies. EPKI also sees this technology aiding solar power provide new manufacturing capacity to tackle climate change and generate PV production jobs in the European solar industry.

The whitepaper on the technology will convey a common vision for all participants. Other members of the initiative include Imec, Centrum for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy (CHOSE), Saule Technologies, Oxford PV, Solliance Solar Research, Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the universities of Oxford, Rome, Groningen, Valencia, Perugia, Potsdam, among others.