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Dresden-based OPV thin-film start-up, Heliatek GmbH has raised €18 million in a ‘Series C’ investment round that included German entrepreneur, Stefan Quandt.
UK-based thin-film start-up, Oxford Photovoltaics said it would commercialise a perovskite based tandem thin-film for conventional c-Si solar cells ahead of plans to commercialise its BIPV product offering set for 2017.
Perovskite thin-film solar cells could be closer to commercialisation than expected after Oxford Photovoltaics (Oxford PV) made a critical appointment of a veteran leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing technologist as its Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Chris Case.
Organic thin-film producer, Heliatek, has claimed a lab-based OPV solar cell has achieved a conversion efficiency of 7.2% with 40% light transparency to meet the needs of glass manufacturers for both building integrated PV (BIPV) and automotive roof markets.
A new working group has been formed in Germany to support organic PV (OPV) firms and research institutes developing the thin-film technology.
Having dropped organic solar cells (OPV) that used fullerenes as the acceptor materials, imec has reported in ‘Nature Communications’ that it has produced a fullerene-free OPV cell with a record conversion efficiency of 8.4% and a 156cm2 module with a conversion efficiency of 5.3%.
Chinese state-owned PV manufacturer, CECEP Solar Energy Technology has used upgrades for Applied Materials ‘Baccini Esatto’ screen printers to produce average multicrystalline solar cell conversion efficiencies of 18.32%.
A syndicate of 11 commercial banks in China have provided technically bankrupt, LDK Solar with a RMB 1.56 billion (US$256 million) credit facility.
Japan-based specialty chemical company, Kuraray Co has invested in US-based start-up Vitriflex Inc to support the manufacturing ramp of its flexible ultra-barrier film that can be used to replace glass as an encapsulant in electronic devices, including solar PV products for consumer applications. Financial details were not disclosed.
Tasnee, a major Saudi Arabian petro-chemical company, is to make its second investment in DSC thin-film firm, Dyesol.
Australian-based dye solar cell developer, Dyesol, has appointed a new director responsible for international relationships with industry, analysts and investors.
Meyer Burger Group member Roth & Rau B.V. has formed a strategic alliance with materials science firm, Rolic Technologies to develop product offerings for the organic electronics, display, and security markets, which Rolic Technologies already serves.
Employing its liquid-based dye solar cell (DSC) substrate, Dyesol claimed it had surpassed the standard IEC 61646 design qualification for PV modules, without disclosing the approved testing house.
Dye solar cell (DSC) developer Dyesol has claimed a breakthrough in solid-state DSC efficiency of 11.3%. Typically best-in class efficiencies for such cells have been in the 5% range.
An aqueous-based silver nanoparticle ink technology developed in the last 10 years by chemicals giant Beyer has been acquired by high-tech chemicals specialist Clariant International.