For photovoltaics to succeed, they must move quickly from the lab bench to the factory floor. At SPECIFIC we are developing a range of solar cell technologies and processing techniques that will allow high-efficiency thin-film photovoltaics to be manufactured at scale using earth-abundant, low cost materials. We are also working to understand the stability and lifetime of these devices, by characterising their degradation mechanisms and finding ways to improve longevity.
We consider ourselves ‘technology agnostic’, which means that we work with the most promising photovoltaic technologies to find ways to manufacture them at scale. Currently we have people working on four distinct technologies: perovskites, CZTS (copper, zinc, tin, sulphur), organic photovoltaics and dye sensitised solar cells.