Final Report Summary - HYPER (Hybrid Photovoltaic Energy Relays)
The HYPER project aimed to deliver a new concept for a “highly efficient” (>10% power conversion efficiency) hybrid solar cells. The landmark development has been the discovery of solid-state organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells delivering over 20% power conversion efficiency, and set to continue to rise to rival the performance of crystalline silicon, but with the advantage of very inexpensive materials, low temperature processing and versatile solution or vapour phase manufacture. This technology has completely taken the research community by storm, and promises to deliver commercial photovoltaic modules within the few years, by combing perovskites with silicon in a highly efficient tandem cell. Beyond the application, there has been a plethora of new physics fundamental understanding of materials and hybrid interfaces developed within the project and the next ten years of optoelectronics research into perovskites and associated compounds promises to be rich, productive and fulfilling.