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Imec achieves 27.1% PV cell conversion efficiency

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2018-07-26
Imec has achieved a record result for its 4-terminal Perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic cell. With a power conversion efficiency of 27.1%.

The imec  cell beats the most efficient standalone silicon solar cell. Further careful engineering of the Perovskite material will bring efficiencies over 30% in reach.

Perovskite microcrystals are a promising material system to make high-performance thin-film solar cells.

They can be processed into thin, light, semitransparent modules that can achieve a high power conversion efficiency, are inexpensive to produce, and have a high absorption efficiency for sunlight.

Because they can be made semitransparent, perovskite solar cells and modules can also be used on top of silicon solar cells.

When the Perovskite is carefully engineered, the absorbance in the Perovskite minimizes the thermal losses that occur in the silicon cell.

As a result, a Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell can potentially reach power conversion efficiencies above 30 percent.

Imec’s new record tandem cell uses a 0.13 cm² spin-coated Perovskite cell developed within our Solliance cooperation stacked on top of a 4 cm² industrial interdigitated back-contact (IBC) silicon cell in a 4-terminal configuration, which is known to have a higher annual energy yield compared to a 2-terminal configuration.

Additionally, scaling up the tandem device by using a 4 cm2perovskite module on a 4 cm2IBC silicon cell, a tandem efficiency of 25.3% was achieved, surpassing the stand-alone efficiency of the silicon cell.