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PV module achieves 29.3% power conversion efficiency

PV module achieves 29.3% power conversion efficiency
Research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technology, and partner in Solliance and EnergyVille, imec, has announced an improvement of its 4cm2 perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic module achieving a power conversion efficiency of 23.9%. Reaching this level, imec is the first to achieve a module-on-cell stack that outperforms the standalone silicon solar cell.
11th August 2017

Perovskite PV modules achieve 12.4% power conversion efficiency

Perovskite PV modules achieve 12.4% power conversion efficiency
Imec and partner Solliance have announced that they have improved their 4x4cm2 perovskite module, achieving a certified conversion efficiency of 12.4%, which it claims to be amongst the highest for this size of perovskite modules. The module efficiency was measured under long-term Maximum Power Point (MPP) tracking. At Solliance, this perovskite technology is developed with industrially-applicable processes and with a view towards a rapid market introduction of this promising source of renewable energy.
11th April 2017

Testing the reliability of Ni-Cu-Ag plated solar modules

imec (partner in EnergyVille) and BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (Besi) announced that they have demonstrated long-term reliability in five full size 60-cells Nickel/Copper/Silver (Ni/Cu/Ag) plated solar cell modules, confirming the industrial value of this metallisation technology. The modules consist of 60 front side laser ablated and Ni-Cu-Ag plated p-type Cz-Si cells. The plating was performed with Meco’s Direct Plating Line, an industrial plating tool, followed by annealing in an inline belt furnace.
3rd January 2017


ERC Starting Grant to revolutionise thin-film solar cells

ERC Starting Grant to revolutionise thin-film solar cells
Imec and Hasselt University announce that one of their scientists has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. The grantee is Bart Vermang, researcher at IMOMEC, imec’s associated lab at the Hasselt University. He receives two million euros to apply techniques from silicon solar cell processing to revolutionize the design of thin-film solar cells, improving their efficiency, cost and stability.
19th September 2016

Novel bifacial cell tech to enhance energy yield of PV modules

Novel bifacial cell tech to enhance energy yield of PV modules
The nano-electronics research centre and partner in Energyville, Imec, will present at this week’s Intersolar Europe/EU PVSEC a bifacial n-PERT (BiPERT) solar cell featuring a bifaciality value close to 100%. With a rear cell efficiency close to the efficiency measured from the front of the cell, the new solar cell underscores the ability to strongly enhance the energy yield of photovoltaic (PV) modules made with this type of cell.  
20th June 2016

World's first semi-transparent perovskite PV modules

World's first semi-transparent perovskite PV modules
imec and its Solliance partners, have presented the first-ever semi-transparent perovskite PV-module, achieving power conversion efficiencies up to 12%. The technology enables for semi-transparent PV-windows which are a key towards Zero-Energy Buildings. Moreover, combining these semitransparent perovskite modules with Si solar cells, an unprecedented 20.2% in power conversion efficiency for a perovskite/Si stacked solar module was achieved.
25th May 2016

A disruptive technology for the solar industry

A disruptive technology for the solar industry
A specialist in direct wafer growing technologies for the next generation of solar photovoltaic products, Crystal Solar, and Imec have achieved a 22.5% cell efficiency (certified by FhG ISE CalLab) with nPERT silicon (Si) solar cells manufactured on six inch mono-crystalline epitaxially grown kerfless wafers, which will help to pave the way toward industrialisation of this promising technology.
25th April 2016

PV module demonstrates long term reliability

At this week’s SiliconPV conference, imec and Besi have announced that they have demonstrated long term reliability of their 60 cells Ni/Cu/Ag plated solar module, passing 600 thermal cycles, three times the IEC61215 specification, with only minimal power loss of one percent.
7th March 2016

Imec extends collaboration with Total on next gen silicon solar cells

Imec extends collaboration with Total on next gen silicon solar cells
Nanoelectronics research centre imec and global energy company Total, announced that they have extended their collaboration to significantly increase the energy output of PV panels. Imec’s industrial affiliation programme (IIAP) on next-gen crystalline silicon solar cells is a multi-partner R&D programme concentrating on further increasing the conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells and modules, while at the same time reducing industrial manufacturing cost.
26th January 2016

Imec & Kaneka expand their collaboration

imec and Kaneka Corporation have announced that they have signed a three year framework agreement that strengthens and extends their comprehensive R&D collaboration. Next to working on next gen solar cells, under this frame agreement imec and Kaneka will explore new applications in life science and thin-film electronics.
19th November 2015

imec presents PV-related research at conference

At this week’s European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), nano-electronics research centre imec will present achievements covering the broad spectrum of its comprehensive PV-related research. Imec’s scientists and researchers will present its latest results in n-PERT solar cells, perovskite solar cell technology and its emerging PV energy yield prediction modeling.
14th September 2015

PV module features an 11.9% active area efficiency

PV module features an 11.9% active area efficiency
At ITF US, nano-electronics research centre imec announced a record 11.3% aperture and 11.9% active area efficiency for its thin-film perovskite PV module. The efficiency was measured over an aperture area of 16cm2. This achievement is the best conversion efficiency for perovskite modules in literature.
14th July 2015

Perovskite PV module has a 8% conversion efficiency

Perovskite PV module has a 8% conversion efficiency
At Intersolar Europe, imec introduced a thin-film perovskite PV module with a power conversion efficiency of 8% over an aperture area of 16cm2. The remarkable geometrical fill factor of more than 95% for this size of module demonstrates the potential of scaling up this thin-film PV technology from cell to module level. The achievement is an important breakthrough in realising a marketable thin-film solution for applications such as Building Integrated PhotoVoltaics (BIPV).
10th June 2015

Crystallised Si PV cell reaches efficiency record

Crystallised Si PV cell reaches efficiency record
At Intersolar Europe, imec announced an efficiency record for its large area n-type Passivated Emitter, Rear Totally diffused (PERT) crystalline silicon (Cz-Si) solar cell, now reaching 22.5% (calibrated at ISE CalLab). It is the highest efficiency achieved for a two-side-contacted solar cell processed on 6" commercially available n-type Cz-Si wafers without the use of passivated contacts.
10th June 2015

Solar cell features a 22.02% conversion efficiency

Solar cell features a 22.02% conversion efficiency
imec has announced that it has improved its large area n-type Passivated Emitter, Rear Totally diffused (PERT) crystalline Si solar cell on 6” commercially available n-type Cz-Si wafers. The solar cell now has a conversion efficiency of 22.02%, which is the highest efficiency achieved for this type of two-side-contacted solar cell on an industrial large area wafer size. 
14th January 2015

Vibrational energy harvesting power supply features highest efficiency

Holst Centre/imec and OMRON have unveiled a prototype of what they claim is the worlds’ highest efficiency extremely compact vibrational energy harvesting DC power supply. This prototype is set to be demonstrated at the TECHNO-FRONTIER2014 exhibition in Tokyo this week.
23rd July 2014

N-type PERT solar cell achieves 21.5% efficiency

A n-type PERT crystalline silicon (Si) solar cell has achieved a top conversion efficiency of 21.5%, according to an announcment made by research center imec. The solar cell, fabricated on a large area wafer (15.6cm x 15.6 cm), is the first cell of its kind to reach a top conversion efficiency on an industrial large area wafer size.
9th July 2014

OPV multilayer stacks achieve 8.4% conversion efficiency

OPV multilayer stacks achieve 8.4% conversion efficiency
In this week’s Nature Communications imec presents the development of fullerene-free organic photovoltaic (OPV) multilayer stacks achieving a record conversion efficiency of 8.4 percent. This breakthrough achievement is an important step to bring organic photovoltaic cells to a higher level in the competitive thin-film photovoltaics marketplace.
11th March 2014

Imec And Meco Present High Efficiency And Cost-Effective Copper Technology For I-PERC-Type Silicon Solar Cells

Imec And Meco Present High Efficiency And Cost-Effective Copper Technology For I-PERC-Type Silicon Solar Cells
At this week’s European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition imec and Meco present large area (156x156mm2) i-PERC-type silicon solar cells with industry-applicable Nickel/Copper (Ni/Cu) plating for the front contacts. Together, the companies achieved an excellent average efficiency of 20.5% on more than 100 cells, and a maximum efficiency of 20.7% (confirmed by ISE callab).
3rd October 2013

Industrial PERC Si solar cells achieve 20.1% efficiency

At next week’s European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Paris, imec, RENA and SoLayTec present thin (160µm), large area (156x156mm2) industrial PERC-type silicon solar cells achieving a best cell efficiency of 20.1% using atomic layer deposition Al2O3 passivation and standard screen printed contacts.
1st October 2013


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