Green Builder to Begin Covering Office Buildings with Perovskite Solar Cells

Sweden-based green builder Skanska this week said that it has secured a deal that will allow it to begin covering office buildings with perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale.

Skanska said it signed a licensing agreement that gives it exclusive rights to use Poland-based Saule Technologies’ solar cell solutions.

According to Skanska, initial implementation tests will begin in Poland this year.

Saule Technologies has been working on the application of ink-jet printing for making free-form perovskite solar modules since 2014. Last November, at IDTechEx Show in Santa Clara, Calif., the company presented a flexible, printed, perovskite photovoltaic module the size of an A4 sheet for the first time.

“Scaling up the size of perovskite solar cells is one of the biggest challenges for companies and researchers working with this technology,” Olga Malinkiewicz, co-founder of Saule Technologies, said in a November 2017 statement. “Printing a stable and operating A4 size module has been among our most important milestones for 2017.”

The company is now working on a large-scale, prototype production line.

Printed, flexible, perovskite photovoltaics. Credit: Skanska

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Jennifer Delony, analyst for TransmissionHub, started her career as a B2B news editor in the local and long-distance telecommunications industries in the '90s. Jennifer began covering renewable energy issues at the local level in 2005 and covered U.S. and Canadian utility-scale wind energy as editor of North American Windpower magazine from 2006-2009. She also provides analysis for the oil and natural gas sectors as editor of Oilman Magazine.

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