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Emerging PV Initiative launched

12/2020 - Emerging-PV is an International Consortium Initiative to Summarize and Visualize Research Progress on Emerging PV Technologies


The Emerging PV Reports Initiative (EPVRI) is an academic international framework for collecting, presenting and analyzing data about the best achievements in the research of emerging photovoltaic materials, e.g., organic, perovskite and dye sensitized solar cells, among others.

More than 30 researchers from 15 countries, under the lead of Christoph Brabec (HI ERN), Uwe Rau (FZJ IEK-5), Thomas Kirchartz (FZJ IEK-5) and Jens Hauch (HI ERN) have worked out the fundamental guidelines for reporting progress in emerging PV based on peer reviewed publications. The data is collected in a database which can be accessed online and at regular intervals summarized in a table published by Advanced Materials under the name of "Device Performance of Emerging Photovoltaic Materials". The first version of these Emerging PV Reports is available online and it can be cited as Adv. Energy Mater. 2020, 2002774

In order to guarantee highest data quality, outmost precision and best reliability, a series of criteria will be automatically verified when uploading data. We believe that the accurate reporting of record performance for novel, innovative and emerging semiconductors, independent whether they are demonstrated in flexible, transparent or rigid solar cell architectures, will support to accelerate photovoltaic materials science development. Special emphasis will be placed on reporting operational lifetime efforts – the ultimate discipline of photovoltaics.

Authors are invited to contribute to this database effort and upload their research data based on peer reviewed publications. Submission of research data will be possible under the section My cells, where we provide an interactive form for data contribution and editing. Contributors will gain access to the analysis and visualization tools beyond the public scope.

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Left: Highest power conversion efficiency as a function of photovoltaic bandgap energy for research cells of different technologies, and theoretical limit. Right: Highest power conversion efficiency as a function of photovoltaic bandgap energy and average visible transmittance for research cells of different technologies, and non-wavelength selective theoretical limit.

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