About Oxford PV

Photovoltaic Cell Technology

Oxford PV has pioneered the development of perovskite thin-film solar cells, which can be printed directly onto glass to produce a transparent, coloured coating.

Once integrated into the glazing units of a building, the technology is capable of providing a significant percentage of the building’s electrical energy requirements directly from solar power.

By employing well known and understood printing processes focussed on inexpensive and abundant raw materials, Oxford PV has developed a highly cost-effective technology that it will license to glass manufacturers and processors.

Prototypes of its new Meso-Superstructured Solar Cells (MSSC) have already achieved a new conversion efficiency record for the technology of 17% (February 2014).

Significantly, these results were achieved without using Mesoporous Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) as a semiconductor, resulting in higher levels of efficiency, much lower processing temperatures and improved cell stability.

The company plans to continuously optimise its perovskite solar cells towards a goal of more than 20 per cent efficiency and accelerate the transfer of the technology into production. It also aims to develop the range of substrates to which the cells can be applied.

Compare conventional PV and Oxford PV

Conventional PV

Oxford Photovoltaics (BIPV)

Opaque
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Range of transparency options
Blue or Black
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Palette of colours and tints
Contains scarce elements and rare earths
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Sustainable, abundant, organic ingredients
Complex, high temperature and high vacuum manufacturing
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Simple screen printing manufacturing processes
High capital cost of manufacturing
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Low capital cost of manufacturing
Heavy panels physically attached to buildings
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Aesthetically attractive glazing panels integrated into the building envelope