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Engineering Water Repellent Coatings by Functional Nano-Sponges: a Springboard to Stable Perovskite Devices (SPIKE)

Project description

Smart nano-coatings-based technology for the solar encapsulation industry

Solar encapsulation is instrumental in providing excellent durability to a photovoltaic (PV) module, securing its commercial viability. Solar encapsulation allows the market exploitation of new emerging solar technologies such as hybrid perovskite solar, a key player in emerging PVs and a potential revolutionary system for smart PV integration in everyday life. However, despite their affordable cost and flexibility, their low durability limits their market success. The EU-funded SPIKE project will demonstrate and prepare to market an innovative technology based on smart nano-coatings which can revolutionise the solar encapsulation industry. The coating consists of porous nano-sponges that are at the same time functional, transparent, flexible and versatile.

Objective

The SPIKE project aims at realizing a revolutionary water repellent coating as a functional barrier to encapsulate photovoltaic (PV) electronic devices. Global solar encapsulation industry, massively pushed by the urgent increase in the solar energy demand, is expected to reach $11.37 billion by 2028 with a growing rate of 14.5% during the forecast period (2021 - 2028). Solar encapsulation is key to provide excellent durability to a PV module, an essential pre-requisite for its commercial viability. This is particularly true for the market exploitation of any new emerging solar technologies. Hybrid perovskite solar is an example: a key player in emerging PVs and a potential revolutionary system for smart PV integration in everyday life – being low-cost, coloured, and flexible. Their low durability, however, questions their marketable appeal. SPIKE aims to solve this issue demonstrating and bringing to the market an innovative technology based on smart nano-coatings which can revolutionize the solar encapsulation industry, and beyond. The coating is made of porous nano-sponges with tuneable functionality, transparency, flexibility, versatility and at reduced cost, overcoming the limits of the current commercial encapsulants (heavy, thick, costly, and involving high temperature processing). It is the goal of SPIKE to unleash the innovation potential of the proof of concept, by developing, technically validating, and bringing to the market such innovative technology, by: i) realizing low-cost, large area, robust coatings with a low energy consuming solution-based fabrication process; ii) integrating them in highly efficient perovskite solar modules; iii) demonstrating and validating a prototype in an industrially relevant environment; and iv) providing a reliable business model and market analysis to push our prototype to a commercial stage, building the bricks for the creation of a new start-up company, ultimate outcome of SPIKE.

Host institution

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA
Net EU contribution
€ 150 000,00
Address
STRADA NUOVA 65
27100 Pavia
Italy

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Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Pavia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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