The solar company Ascent Solar Technologies is converting its production in the US state of Colorado to perovskite solar cells. Because these promise a significantly higher energy efficiency.
Wind and sun will play a decisive role in energy production in the future. However, in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, the expansion of wind turbines and solar systems must continue. Especially with regard to solar energy, there are developments that are turning the industry upside down.
We are talking about perovskite solar cells. The material should one day replace classic silicon modules and, alone or in combination with silicon, has the potential for significantly higher efficiency. That’s why manufacturer Ascent Solar Technologies is converting its plant in Colorado for perovskite modules. With this, the company wants to further reduce the cost of energy from the sun.
Perovskite solar cells not yet widely used
But why aren’t there significantly more manufacturers focusing on such systems? One reason is the handling of perovskite. Up until now there have still been a few problems and challenges when it comes to stability, scalability and environmental friendliness.
However, new developments from research mean that it will soon be possible to use it on a broad scale. Ascent Solar Technologies is playing a pioneering role in this and could benefit from this in the long term. To date, the company has manufactured lightweight silicon solar modules. These are used in airplanes, portable devices or on houses.
Perovskite cells could become a “game changer”.
In addition to manufacturing, the converted production facility also includes a research and development department and other areas. The company values the equipment used at around 30 million US dollars. As Jeffrey Max, CEO of the company, announced, the manufactured cells could be a “game changer”.
Regardless of this development, it remains exciting to see what the future holds for solar energy. Energy from the sun has been the cheapest form of energy for years, and the trend is more likely to continue with the perovskite cell. In this way, one day it might be possible to “harvest” more energy from the same area.
The post was adjusted after a notice on March 25th.