|Oxford PV receives €15 million EIB funding|
Oxford Photovoltaics Germany, a subsidiary of Oxford PV, has received funding of €15 million form the European Investment Bank (EIB), to support the commercialization of its perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell technology.
The funding is the first in Germany under InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators’ Energy Demonstrator Projects. It relies on the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2010 Financial Instruments, aimed at supporting European innovators such as Oxford PV, tackling tomorrow’s challenges and supporting climate action.
This is great news following the 2015 announcement …..
- by Kevin Bullis
“A Cheap Material Boosts Solar Cells by 50 Percent
Researchers have found a way to augment ordinary silicon solar cells with a material called a perovskite.
I accidentally acquired Tesla stock when they acquired SolarCity. Albeit it was an impulse/impact investment buy and of negligible value, (at which I lost about 30% the day after I bought it), I follow stories related to my stock picks. I like to put my money where my mouth is (correction … our money….well my husband is the breadwinner…so correction-his money). I have been blogging about fracking risks w/o income since we got fracked in #ArlingtonGaslandTX and have been touting renewable energy CHOICES (including battery advances). So in following OilPrice.com, I noticed they were using a trap video (they make U watch the whole video only to not get the name of what you should invest in). They talked about this super crystal that could replace traditional silicon solar panels as a potential “solar-coating” for roof tops and such. Forbes, however, recently tweeted about (said?) crystal using a traditional solar panel pic. In google searching for a super crystal, I believe they were talking about Perovskite that already has 2.9 million search results on Google as well as having well established twitter discussions.
Of note is that as I blog about this there is a Perovskite conference happening NOT in the United States of course….pff…
However, here is a Stanford tweet on #Perovskite, https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/04/stanford-perovskite-solar-cells-insect-eyes/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postfity&utm_content=postfityc5ca8.
Having briefly worked for a startup company for water generators, I learned that not all fantastic earth changing technologies can afford to be sustained past four or five years even with free media coverage enlisting new potential investors. So when a new technology/material-use etc. is emerging, I like to read white papers and blog about it as my contribution to my tenancy on this precious, fragile planet to help out mankind from its own fossil fuel addiction extinction trajectory…..and if I make some stock income from my research to help pay for my exorbitant medical insurance premiums, so be it.
Professor Michael Grätzel is the founder and inventor of Perovskite Solar Cell
technology per a perovskite rebranding document.
There are those investors that are sheerly driven by the economics of a stock rather than the common good of the “impact investment”….aka my impulse buy of SolarCity being in the technology stock segment. Note that renewables (ex. S&P 500 Fossil Fuel Free Index, Green ETFs -exchange traded funds) are not in the fossil fuel energy sector.
Some of the challenging issues for Perosvkite per this most recent 2017 publication, http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2017/ta/c7ta00366h#!divAbstract, are instability issues and (the need for) lead-free perovskite.
This tweet speaks of the Perovskite raw materials (interactions) peroxide damages, https://twitter.com/aneesh401/status/863738598570561536.
Oxford’s Department of Physics and lead author of a Perovskite study, Dr Nakita Noel, said: “At the moment, there are three main solvents used in the manufacture of perovskite solar cells, and they are all toxic,…”. He goes on to say “(by combining methylamine & acetonitrile) We have now developed the first clean, low-boiling-point, low-viscosity solvent for this purpose”. I also learned that “Perovskites also have the shortest ‘energy payback time’ – the time taken for a material to save the same amount of energy that was expended in its production”.
On another promising note, ScienceDaily.com wrote, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170725122105.htm
“New world efficiency record with perovskite solar cells
- July 25, 2017
- Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)
- Scientists have developed a new cost-efficient way to produce inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) which sets a new world-record efficiency performance of 22.1 percent”
In closing, evidently for a price you can buy a Perovskite stock buying guide entitled “Global Perovskite Solar Cell Market 2017 :Solaronix, *Dyesol, 3G Solar, Fujikura, Sharp Solar, Solar Print, BASF” at this link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3205593#ixzz4t2hT05it.
Good luck and may the impact investing bug reward you as if our very existence on this planet hinges on it.
Disclaimer: I do not currently own any stock related to Perovskite
*DYEsol is now in the Australian Stock Exchange as ticker symbol, GSL (Greatcell Solar Ltd)