Meyer Burger works with research institutes on new solar technology


Thun BE – Meyer Burger has signed multi-year agreements with CSEM, the Helmholtz Center Berlin, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems and the University of Stuttgart. The goal is to develop next-generation solar modules.

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd, headquartered in Thun, has signed multi-year agreements with various research institutions to collaborate in the field of solar energy. Together with the research and development center Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique in Neuchâtel (CSEM), the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin(HZB), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg im Breisgau(ISE) and the Institute for Photovoltaics at the University of Stuttgart(ipv), the solar cell and module manufacturer plans to research tandem solar cells and develop solar modules with a significantly higher energy yield, according to a media release.

Accordingly, Meyer Burger aims to achieve the industrial production of solar cells with efficiencies of over 30 percent. To this end, the company has defined perovskite technology as a key milestone in its innovation roadmap.

Meyer Burger has already achieved initial successes in collaboration with CSEM, reaching an efficiency of 29.6 percent for a 25-square-centimeter perovskite tandem solar cell. HZB has even achieved world-leading record efficiencies of over 31 percent for laboratory tandem solar cells combining heterojunction and perovskite.

“Only with a powerful team can we succeed in transforming perovskite semiconductors into a sustainable and competitive product. Meyer Burger has a key role to play in Europe because the company is pursuing a long-term vision that combines current research with mass production,” Michael Saliba, director of the Institute for Photovoltaics at the University of Stuttgart, is quoted as saying in the media release. ko