Swedish solar technology firm Midsummer wins with their UNO the prestigious procurement of a research system for UNSW Sydney, Australia.
The UNO will be used to develop a new innovative type of tandem solar cell. The order value is calculated to be around 1 MUSD.
The world-renowned UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering was founded by Martin Green, widely considered the “father of solar PV”. Professor Green and his team have revolutionized the efficiency and costs of solar photovoltaics and made sure that it has become a product to trust on the global energy market. He has also won the coveted Global Energy Prize in 2018 for his research, development and educational activities in the field of photovoltaics.
A research team led by another award winning professor, Xiaojing Hao, Physical Scientist of the Year, will now use the Midsummer UNO to develop a new type of tandem solar cell, focusing on manufacturability and easy scale up.
“This is a very prestigious order for us and we are tremendously proud that UNSW has chosen our machine to do research on the next generation of solar cells”, said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer. “It was at UNSW that the solar cell made it out of the research labs and onto the market and we look forward to seeing what they can accomplish using the Midsummer UNO.”
“We are very impressed by Midsummer’s technology and excited to use the Midsummer UNO in our research. The ability to automize test series and to have a scalable manufacturing process have been important factors for us”, said Xiaojing Hao, Scientia Associate Professor, UNSW. “The fact that the solar cell is produced in an unbroken vacuum chain also means that it is very easy to scale up to mass production with Midsummer’s manufacturing system DUO.”