ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe has joined the Solliance (ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Centre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich) R&D alliance that is focused on organic photovoltaics (OPV) thin film technologies.
ThyssenKrupp is following the likes of Tata Steel and partner Dyesol in tapping thin film OPV for BIPV markets, where large-area steel flat roofing is combined at the production step for solar applications.
Ronn Andriessen, OPV Program Manager at Solliance said: “Having such a world-renowned steel manufacturer onboard highlights the strong market pull for OPVs and helps us focus our research on the needs of end users. This is a key step in our ongoing roadmap to develop high-efficiency, low-cost and highly stable OPV modules for a wide range of applications.”
Solliance was established just over a year ago to promote thin-film PV development in the Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen region.