Scientists aim to develop a »fundamentally new solar cell concept«

Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, want to develop a »fundamentally new solar cell concept« in the project called »Innovative liquid-applied ceramic solar cells« (KeraSolar). They combine research on photovoltaics with ceramic functional materials in order to bundle the advantages of different solar cell technologies: the printability of organic solar cells and the long-term stability of crystalline solar cells as well as the ferroelectricity of the lead halide perovskite.
The project is funded for six years by the Carl Zeiss Foundation with €4.5 million ($4.98 million) and is located at the Materials Science Center for Energy Systems (MZE) of KIT. About half of the 16 MZE working groups from various scientific disciplines will participate in the project and contribute their expertise from electrical engineering, materials science, physics and chemistry, says the institute.

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