Oxford PV acquires thin-film development line in Brandenburg for perovskite scale-up

11/12/16, 10:30 PM -

Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd has acquired the production site previously operated by Bosch Solar CIS Tech GmbH in Brandenburg/Havel. Within the next months the British company wants to build up a pilot line for perovskite cells.

Oxford PV wants to scale up the perovskite technology in combination with polycrystalline cells.

The site, located in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany, will be equipped to provide modern, pilot-scale capacity to scale-up Oxford PV’s world-leading perovskite technology to industry-standard wafer size and to perfect the manufacturing processes necessary for commercial deployment.

Cell efficiency of up to 28 percent

Having also recently announced completion of the first portion (£8.7m) of a Series C funding round, the company will now drive towards market deployment of its’ perovskite technology. The company believes that, in a tandem configuration on top of standard silicon PV cells, its technology will provide a bigger boost to cell efficiency than any other technology and has the potential to revolutionise the solar energy market. Frank Averdung, CEO of Oxford PV is expecting a cell efficiency of up to 28 percent of a tandem configuration.

Fully operational within the next months

The company has already commenced recruitment of the staff who will drive the operations forward and expect to be fully operational on the site within a few months. “Perovskite has the potential to radically improve the efficiency of solar PV and meet the world’s energy demand into the future,” says Averdung.

Experienced local workforce

“We are delighted to have secured this site which will allow us to drivequickly towards market deployment. The facility is a first-class resource and was made even more attractive to us by the availability of a highly-skilled and experienced workforce locally. We look forward to building our team and operation in Brandenburg alongside our existingoperations in Oxford,” Averdung said. (HCN)

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