UK based photonics specialist CIP Technologies (CIP) has revealed details regarding indium phosphide (InP), based single-junction thermo-photovoltaic (TPV) cells with 12% efficiency levels, in collaboration with Wafer Technology and the University of Oxford. The company states that the research has taken three years and surpasses previous commercially available cells that registered 9% conversion efficiencies.
“CIP’s expertise in InP growth and fabrication continues to demonstrate successful application to new markets and products, and builds on its III-V solar cell expertise to continue to address areas of environmental importance,” said Dr David Rogers, TPV Project Manager.
The consortium said that a second-generation cell design with a more complex multi layer construction was being developed to reach efficiency levels of 15%. The team is now seeking partners and customers to aid in the commercialization of the technology.