Swedish construction giant Skanska has teamed up with Polish solar tech firm Saule Technologies to make perovskite solar cells available for use in commercial-scale construction.
Saule Technologies, which has been developing the semi-transparent perovskite solar cells cells since 2014, uses ink jet technology to ‘print’ solar cells to any size and shape needed to cover a building.
Skanska has taken exclusive rights to use Saule Technologies’ solar cell solutions in building facades and noise barriers across Europe, the US, and Nordic countries.
It will start by covering office buildings in Poland with the semi-transparent solar cells in a development which has the potential to “revolutionise” the construction industry and accelerate the delivery of energy-neutral buildings.
“Perovskite solar cells offer new opportunities to architects and construction companies willing to utilise solar power,” Olga Malinkiewicz, co-founder and CTO of Saule Technologies, explained. “Our modules are lighter, thinner and much more design-friendly than the most popular silicon solar cells. We may customize the shape, color and size of the module depending on the needs of the customer and install them wherever there is a free area on the building. This also means not being limited to the roof.”
The perovskite technology will be integrated directly into a building’s façade and marks a “significant milestone” towards delivering zero-energy and carbon-neutral office environments, providing occupants with lower energy costs, lower carbon footprints and lower energy consumption.