The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and Germany-based FHR Anlagenbau announced a collaboration to develop high-performance Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) coatings.
The coatings are used in flat panel displays, touch screens and a number of PV module technologies including CdTe, CIGS and amorphous silicon and advanced high-performance silicon wafer solar cell technologies such as heterojunction solar cells.
The team is looking to reduce or eradicate the use of many of the scarce, toxic and expensive materials currently used for the development of TCOs.
“At SERIS we are in a race, together with the PV industry, to drive down the cost of solar energy,” said Professor Armin Aberle, CEO, SERIS.
“We explore advanced solar cell concepts, and strive to implement them in a high-volume low-cost process. Together with FHR we hope to develop advanced transparent conductive oxide layers that will allow extracting more energy out of a solar cell,” added Aberle.
Dr Reinhard Fendler, CEO, FHR Anlagenbau, part of the Centrotherm Group said there was still much progress to be made.
“Nowadays, the vacuum deposition of TCOs plays a key role in the fields of flat panel displays, touch screens, flexible electronics, and renewable energy. But the full potential of these highly-functional TCO films with their unique features of optical properties and wide controllable electrical conductivity is still a matter to be optimised,” said Fendler.