SAOT Innovation Award 2024 Winner Announced

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We are pleased to announce that the SAOT Executive Committee has selected Albert’s project proposal, “Development of Recyclable Perovskite Solar Cells on Bio-Based Substrates,” as the most compelling from among several applications. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Albert for being awarded the SAOT Innovation Award 2024. The award ceremony will take place during SAOT Innovation Days on the afternoon of July 18th.

Albert’s project addresses a critical issue in the field of solar technology. With global installed photovoltaic capacity now exceeding 1 terawatt, addressing the lifecycle of solar panels, including end-of-life disposal and recycling strategies, is crucial. The substrate, forming the bulk of the material in thin-film solar cells, plays a key role in designing recyclable solar cells.

This project aims to explore low-cost, renewable substrates derived from bio-based materials, such as cellulose-based thin films or transparent wood, for use in perovskite solar cells. The plan includes fabricating solar cells on these substrates and disassembling them to recover all materials, thus testing the entire lifecycle. This approach seeks to validate the cradle-to-cradle model in solar technology, promoting sustainability within the field.

Congratulations once again to Albert for this remarkable achievement!