Saule Technologies, Poland-based developer of perovskite solar cells ink-jet printed on thin foil, has issued an open call for companies interested in licence agreements for BIPV applications in Middle Eastern countries. This follows Saule’s recent announcement of the first commercial contract in BIPV with Norwegian construction company Skanska.
Saule Technologies offers flexible licence-based cooperation opportunities for companies active in the Middle East, available for entities interested in the development, distribution and integration of Saule’s solar cells in BIPV applications. The subject of the licence is an opaque PV product with very high energy conversion efficiency which can be easily integrated with building facades, and an efficient, translucent perovskite cell in any color (so-called “solar window”). Conditional licence (Exclusive Licence and Non-Exclusive Licence) for the use of any future product can be granted for a chosen country or group of countries not covered by the licence agreement with another entity.
Saule stated that its technology has advanced to a perfect stage for customers to take part in the product development process. The Company’s goal is to cooperate with companies with a long-term renewable energy strategy, including solar energy harvesting technologies – says Piotr Krych, co-founder and CEO of Saule Technologies.
Saule Technologies has been working on the application of ink-jet printing for the fabrication of free-form perovskite solar modules since 2014. This technique allows the shapes and areas covered by each layer to be customized according to requirements. The stability and water resistance of the modules reportedly makes them ideal for the construction industry. The company cooperates with leading international universities in the UK, Israel, Germany, Italy and Spain on advanced research on perovskite applications in solar energy harvesting and optoelectronics. In order to meet the conditions concerning the encapsulation of perovskites, Saule is leading the specific project for the ultra high barrier film with Ergis Group – one of the leading rigid plastics film producers in Europe. With a Japanese investor on board, along with support from the Polish National Centre for Research and Development and several research grants worth more than EUR 20 million, Saule Technologies is now working on a large-scale, prototype production line.
Saule finds the Middle East as one of the most promising regions for BIPV applications of its product. The latitude works in favor of solar technology development and makes it one of the most desirable renewable energy sources possible. In addition, there have been activities of local governments investing in solar energy development as a part of a long-term strategy of shifting from fossil fuels.