Masdar PV Partners with Helmhotz-Zantrum to Increase Module Efficiency

Masdar PV GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, announced that it has entered a strategic alliance agreement with Helmholtz-Zantrum Berlin for Materials and Energie (HZB) to develop technologies that could boost the efficiency of large-area solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

The alliance will be under the umbrella of the newly established thin-film PV Competence Centre Berlin (PVcomB), which is a joint initiative of HZB and the Technical University of Berlin. The researchers hope to maximize the efficiency of amorphous silicon solar modules (a-Si) using the world-largest glass substrates (5.7 m²), to drive PV costs down to grid parity.

The research is a four year program and will be led by Dr. Bernd Rech, Professor for Photovoltaics at the Technical University of Berlin and HZB Department Head. Masdar PV will aim to cut production costs and increase the overall efficiency of the modules to make them a more cost-effective option in the solar module market.

“Our success depends on using the most cost-efficient, innovative technology. This partnership with PVcomB offers Masdar PV a crucial differentiator by combining their world-class ability to boost efficiencies and our team’s experience in thin-film PV production. This combination will provide us a major cost and technology advantage over competitors,” said Rainer Gegenwart, CEO of Masdar PV.