Lux Research: Perovskite Solar Cells Technology Improving, Commercialization Likely In 2019

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Perovskite solar cell technology is likely to be commercialized sometime between the years of 2019 and 2021 — owing to improving technology and emerging university + commercial partnerships — according to a new report from Lux Research.

The report notes that, while problems remain with the technology, “new opportunities” for commercial firms to partner with universities and research centers are emerging.

The new report follows the somewhat recent news that the perovskite solar cell solar conversion efficiency record has now climbed as high as 21%.

“While the efficiency question has been answered, there remain issues in stability, cost, and the feasibility of real-world efficiencies that must be addressed before commercialization can occur,” stated Tyler Ogden, Lux Research Associate, and lead author of the new report (“The Rise of Perovskites: Identifying the Best Academic Partners to Work With”).

“Still, demonstration of their potential for high performance by academic labs has caused research groups to consider spinning off start-ups, meaning companies need to consider opportunities now,” Ogden continued.

Here’s more from a recent press release:

> Partnerships are emerging from labs. Dyesol has partnered with Michael Grätzel’s lab at EPFL, which achieved the world record efficiency of 21.0% in December 2015. Oxford Photovoltaic is working with Henry Snaith of Oxford University, while Poland’s Saule Technologies has roots from the University of Valencia and Taiwan’s Front Materials from the National Taiwan University.

> Opportunities are still available. Many leading researchers have clear partnerships, but opportunities are still present with Nam-gyu Park of Sungkyunkwan University and Yang Yang of University of California Los Angeles. The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore are also promising developers.

> China is top academic publisher. China is the leading publisher on perovskite solar cells, accounting for a quarter of all academic publications, but more impactful research is coming out of Israel, Switzerland, Singapore, and the UK. China is followed by the US and South Korea. But European countries — England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, France, Greece and Belgium — together account for 24%, nearly the equivalent of China’s.

Those interested in the report can find it here.

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