Qcells and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin achieve record efficiency of 28.7% for 2-terminal perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell
The joint achievement from Qcells and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin sets a new world record for 2-terminal tandem solar cell efficiency.
[Berlin, Germany, March 7, 2022] Qcells, a renowned total energy solutions provider in solar, energy storage, downstream project business and energy retail, has set a new world-record tandem cell efficiency of 28.7% in collaboration with researchers at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin using a Q.ANTUM-based silicon bottom cell in combination with a perovskite-based top cell.
Qcells’ R&D team in Thalheim, Germany, has worked jointly with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin over the past three years to create a tandem solar cell comprising a silicon-based Q.ANTUM bottom cell and a perovskite-based top cell. This latest record efficiency result of 28.7% is an improvement of almost one percentage point compared with the 2020 record value of 27.8% (which was independently verified by the Fraunhofer ISE Callab). This boost in tandem efficiency has been enabled by improvement of both the perovskite and the silicon sub cells. The research and development was partly funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the state of Saxony-Anhalt.
While the solar research community has witnessed even higher perovskite-tandem cell efficiencies, these records have been achieved using lab technology that is not directly transferrable into mass production. The achievement of Qcells and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is noteworthy principally because the 28.7% efficiency was reached using an industry feasible and cost-efficient bottom cell structure based on the Q.ANTUM technology.
In the past year, Qcells announced that it is to boost its R&D investment in Germany to €125 million over the next three years. A sizeable portion of that figure is earmarked for the continuous support of Qcells’ R&D department on the commercialization of perovskite-silicon tandem technology.
“Our experts have achieved several world records for tandem cells combining perovskite top cells with other bottom cells on a laboratory scale. We promote knowledge and technology transfer and welcome the fruitful collaboration with Qcells. It is remarkable how close the jointly achieved efficiency with a mass production ready bottom cell already comes to what we can reach at a lab scale”,Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech, scientific director of HZB said.
Prof. Dr. Steve Albrecht, group leader at HZB and Junior professor at Technische Universität Berlin added: “It is highly exciting that we enable this high tandem efficiency utilizing industry relevant bottom cells with a high market share, so there might be fast impact of the tandem technology to revolutionize the PV market.”
Dr. Daniel Jeong, CTO of Qcells, said: “Qcells is excited to announce this joint new world-record in tandem cell efficiency together with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. Both teams of researchers have collaborated closely to develop a tandem cell technology, which would be able to accelerate the commercialization process and, ultimately, deliver to the industry a genuine leap forward in photovoltaic performance. Qcells is confident that it can once again shape the next-generation of solar cells, and will continue to invest heavily in supporting research and development in this field.”
Qcells is one of the world’s largest and most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers for its high-performance, high-quality solar cells and modules. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ) with its diverse international manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Malaysia, China, and South Korea. Qcells offers the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, applications and solutions, from cells and modules to kits to systems to large-scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East, Qcells provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, governmental and residential markets. For more information, visit: www.q-cells.com.
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is one of the largest non-university research centres in Berlin, and a member of the Helmholtz Association. The research is focused on energy materials, such as photovoltaic materials, catalytical active materials for solar water splitting or battery materials. HZB runs BESSY II, a large scale research infrastructure, which provides brilliant x-ray pulses for research and attracts thousands of international guest users yearly. We strive to achieve a climate neutral society through science and innovation. This is why we drive materials discovery, create new sustainable technologies and empower the research community in realising this goal. www.helmholtz-berlin.de
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