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Green Science Alliance Invests in EneCoat Tech. (Int'l., M&A)
EneCoat Technologies
Date: 2021-06-30
In Japan, Kawanishi-City based Green Science Alliance reports it is investing in Kyoto University spin-out startup EneCoat Technologies Co., Ltd, which is developing lead-free perovskite solar cells with high conversion efficiency and durability.

Green Science Alliance researches and manufactures chemical products that can be applied to solar cell, secondary battery including lithium ion battery, capacitor, fuel cell, biomass biodegradable resin, biofuel and biochemicals and other products, according to the company website. (Source: Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd., PR, 29 June, 2021) Contact: Green Science Alliance, +81-72-759-8543, www.gsalliance.co.jp/en; EneCoat Technologies, www.enecoat.com/en

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1366 Tech., Hunt Perovskite Tech. Merge Announced (M&A)
1366 Technologies,Hunt Perovskite
Date: 2021-06-28
Bedford, Mass.-based silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies and Dallas-headquartered Hunt Perovskite Technologies are reporting a merger to form CubicPV, which is reportedly in partnership talks with an as yet unidentified Indian firm.

Breakthrough Energy Ventures, First Solar, and Hunt Energy Enterprises are the three top shareholders in CubicPV.

CubicPV reportedly plans establish a 2GW solar wafer and cell manufacturing unit with an investment of around $300-350 million under the Indian central government's production-linked incentive scheme.

While CubicPV will establish and control the wafer and cell manufacturing, the yet to be determined local partner would handle module assembly from the cells and marketing in India. CubicPV will utilise 1366's trademark Direct Wafer process to produce wafers directly from molten silicon instead of ingots. (Source: 1366 Technologies, Hunt Perovskite Technologies, Hindu Busines Line, 28 June, 2021) Contact: 1366 Technologies, Frank van Mierlo, CEO, Laureen Sanderson, (781) 861-1611 x2204, lsanderson@1366tech.com, www.1366tech.com; Hunt Perovskite Technologies, Scott Burton, CEO, info@huntperovskite.com, www.huntperovskite.com

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Magnora Increases Stake in Perovskite Specialist Evolar (Int'l, M&A)
Evolar, Magnore
Date: 2021-06-02
Swedish perovskite solar specialist Evolar AB is reporting Oslo-headquartered Norwegian renewables investor Magnora ASA has increased its investment in the company to a 40.7 pct stake .

Evolar which owns R&D prototype equipment to scale and test solar cells, is a spin-out from Uppsala University's thin film solar cell research cluster in Sweden. (Source: Evolar, Website PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: Evolar AB, Mats Ljunggren, CEO, www.evolarab.se; Magnora ASA, www. magnoraasa.com

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Hunt Perovskite Tech. Scores $2.5Mn DOE Funding (Ind. Report)
Hunt Perovskite Technologies
Date: 2021-04-16
Dallas-based Hunt Perovskite Technologies (HPT) reports it has been selected to receive $2.5 million in funding from the US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2020 Perovskite Funding Program for research and development of more efficient and commercially viable perovskite photovoltaic (PV) devices. HPT is one of the 22 selected to receive a total of $40 million.

The DOE funding is for projects that could increase access to reliable electricity by improving the country's understanding of perovskite stability. Eventually, the department hopes to enable the domestic production of high-efficiency perovskite devices. (Source: Hunt Perovskite Technologies, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Hunt Perovskite Technologies, Scott Burton, CEO, info@huntperovskite.com, www.huntperovskite.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

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DOE Offers $20Mn to Advance Perovskite Solar Tech (R&D, Funding)
DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-08-14
In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). has announced $20 million in funding to advance perovskite solar photovoltaic technologies. When used to create solar cells, perovskites have shown potential for high performance and low production costs. To be competitive in the marketplace, perovskite’s long-term durability must be tested and verified, the aim of this funding opportunity announcement.

The DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office is aiming to improve understanding of perovskite stability; establish methods to produce high-efficiency, stable perovskite devices using industry-relevant fabrication techniques; and develop test protocols that enable high confidence in long-duration field performance of perovskite-based photovoltaic technologies. DOE will fund projects in three topic areas: Device R&D (Efficiency and Stability); manufacturing and R&D; and validation and Bankability.

This topic area seeks to establish a neutral, independent validation center that can be used to verify perovskite device performance and address acceptance and bankability challenges. Independence and neutrality are required to ensure there are no conflicts of interest between this effort and other projects seeking to demonstrate high-performance devices. This center will be responsible for developing and refining test protocols, including accelerated life testing that closely correlates with long-term field performance. The center will also be responsible for operating an extensive field testing effort using devices produced by the R&D community to iteratively refine all test protocols and improve community understanding of remaining stability and performance issues. The center will investigate the environmental impact of perovskite technologies and serve as an objective source of information and analysis for the investment and finance communities. Teams must be led by a DOE Federally Funded Research and Development Center/National Laboratory. (Source: US DOE, EERE Solar Energy Technology Office, PR, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: EERE Solar Energy Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

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US-MAP Boosts Solar Perovskite Commercialization (Ind Report)
NREL
Date: 2020-05-04
NREL reports it has joined with the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds at the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Toledo to form the US Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium (US-MAPPS).

While perovskite cells have shown promise in the lab, more work remains to be done to ensure that the technology is ready for commercial success, according to NREL. Manufacturing, durability, and sustainability remain challenges and will be the consortium's research focus. Members of US-MAP will share R&D, validation, and pilot manufacturing, which will reduce development costs and technology risks for potential investors.

US-MAP has six major US-based industry players as founding members: BlueDot Photonics, Energy Materials Corporation, First Solar, Hunt Perovskites Technologies, Swift Solar, and Tandem PV. (Source: NREL, Renewable Energy Mag., 1 May, 2020) Contact: NREL, Center for Materials Science, Joseph J. Berry, 303-384-7611, Joe.Berry@nrel.gov, | HERE; US-MAP, HERE

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New Window Solar Cell from Monash Univ. (New Prod & Tech)
Monash University
Date: 2020-04-27
Monash University engineers in Melbourne, Australia are touting a newly developed next-gen perovskite solar cells (PSCs) semi-transparent solar cell that offers a viable level of efficiency.

Two square metres (around 22 square feet) of the new solar cells would generate about as much electricity as a standard solar panel, according to the latest study -- roughly 140 watts per meter, if tinted to the same degree as current glazed commercial windows.

The semi-transparent cells have a conversion efficiency of 17 pct while still transmitting more than 10 pct of the incoming light. The new cells replace a key solar cell component (Spiro-OMeTAD) with a specially developed polymer, based on an organic semiconductor, which increases overall stability. (Source: Monash University, Science Alert, 22 April, 2020) Contact: Monash University, Jacek Jasieniak, +61 3 9905 9584, Jacek.Jasieniak@monash.edu, www.research.monash.edu

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US DOE Offering $125.5 Mn for Solar R&D Initiatives (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2020-02-12
The US DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $125.5 million financing for research and development projects focused on reducing the cost and enhancing the cooperativeness of domestic solar energy.

Of the total, $39 million is earmarked for one or two projects seeking to develop a test site to speed up the commercialization of supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles used by concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. Up to 11 projects will qualify for a total of $30 million for developing community microgrids and boosting the cybersecurity for solar inverters and power plants.

An additional $15 million will be shared by between * and 12 projects aimed at prolonging the lifespan of PV systems and cut hardware costs for plants using traditional silicon solar cells, as well as thin-film, tandem and perovskite cells. Innovative solar manufacturing projects, emerging technologies, solar farm siting and artificial intelligence applications for the solar sector will also qualify for funding under this offering. (Source: US DOE, Feb., 2020) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov › eere › office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy, energy.gov/solar-office

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Dalhousie Researcher Touts Perovskite Solar Cell Progress (R&D)
Dalhouse University
Date: 2019-05-20
In Halifax, Dalhousie University assistant professor Ghada Koleilat, one of eight early-career Dalhousie researchers awarded $375,000 in grant funding over three years from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's new frontiers in research fund, is working with perovskite to produce economical and more energy-efficient cells than existing silicon solar cells. Koleilat's solar cell can be used on a wide variety of applications and can be painted on many surfaces.

According to Koleilat, the problem with perovskite cells is their durability when exposed to oxygen and humidity. To address the issue, Koleilat and her team designing an environmentally friendly, hybrid organic-inorganic material with perovskite that can stand the test of time.

Koleilat's lab can produce more than 10 solar cells in 3 hours from perovskite film than can be created in just 15 minutes. Koleilat aims to perfect the molecular recipe of her hybrid material over the next few years. (Source: Dalhousie Univ., CBC, 19 May, 2019) Contact: Dalhousie University, Ghada Koleilat, Assist. Professor of Engineering, (902) 494 4177, ghada.koleilat@dal.ca, www.koleilatresearchgroup.com; www.dal.ca

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Perovskite Solar Cells Waterproofed with Graphite (Ind. Report)
Perovskite Solar Cell,University of Bath
Date: 2019-05-13
In the UK, the University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, in collaboration with the SPECIFIC team at Swansea University report the use of economical, readily available thermal graphite sheets and a mesoporous carbon scaffold to encapsulate metal-halide perovskites (CsPbBr3) as an inexpensive and efficient waterproofing strategy. Most solar cells currently on the market are made of silicon; these are expensive to make and require a lot of very pure silicon to manufacture.

Perovskite solar cells, using materials with the same 3D structure as calcium titanium oxide, are cheaper to make, thinner and can be easily printed onto surfaces. They also work in low light conditions and can produce a higher voltage than silicon cells.

The research team tested the waterproofing by submerging the coated perovskite cells in water and using the harvested solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The coated cells worked underwater for 30 hours, roughly ten hours longer than the previous record. . The study is published in the open access journal Nature Communications. (Source: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Gren Car Congress, 13 May, 2019) Contact: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, +44 0 1225 385820, csct@bath.ac.uk, www.csct.ac.uk

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Oxford PV Raises £31Mn for Solar Cell Commercialization (Int'l)
Oxford PV
Date: 2019-03-18
UK perovskite solar firm Oxford PV reports it has raised £31 million ($41 million) following the first close of its Series D funding round. The new funds are earmarked for advancing the company's perovskite based solar cell technology into the commercial phase.

Investors included Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Tech Co Ltd., Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor ASA and the venture capital arm of Legal & General Group Plc. The company has raised mare than £76 million over the last five years, including €15 million ($17 million) in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB). (Source: Oxford PV, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oxford PV, +44 1865 951 500, info@oxfordpv.com, www.oxfordpv.com

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DOE SETO Funds Univ. of Washington Solar Cell R&D (R&D, Funding)
DOE SETO
Date: 2019-01-18
In Seattle, University of Washington (UW) researchers are reporting receipt of $2.3 million in funding from the U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). The funding is to support projects that will advance R&D in photovoltaic materials.

The UW research teams are led by Scott Dunham, a professor of electrical and computer engineering; Hugh Hillhouse, a professor of chemical engineering; and Devin MacKenzie, an associate professor of both mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering. All are also researchers with the UW-based Clean Energy Institute, and MacKenzie serves as director of the institute's Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. Dunham and Hillhouse are also members of the UW Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute.

Prof. Hugh Hillhouse's project was awarded $1.5 million to focus on understanding how the composition, structure, and environmental exposure of pervoskites can affect their stability and performance. Associate Prof Devin MacKenzie's project scored nearly $200,000 to focus on perovskite manufacturing using roll-to-roll processing techniques. Prof. Scott Dunham's project will investigate copper indium gallium selenide (CIGs) with $681,000 in grant funding. (Source: University of Washington News, DOE SETO, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, 206-221-9263, uwcei@uw.edu, www.cei.washington.edu; Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, 206-685-6833, wcet@uw.edu, www.wcet.washington.edu; Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, University of Washington, www.washington.edu; US DOE SETO, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

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