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Article in Journal ACS Energy Letters

March 10 2022

An article entitled Perovskite/CIGS Tandem Solar Cells: From Certified 24.2% toward 30% and Beyond was published yesterday in one of the top five international scientific journals in the field of energy and nanosciences, ACS Energy Letters. The article presents a record Perovskite/CIGS tandem solar cell with 24.2% conversion efficiency, which was the result of collaboration between the Laboratory for Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics (LPVO) and Helmholtz Zentrum Beriln (HZB). Dr. Marko Jošt is the first author, the other co-authors from LPVO are young researcher Špela Tomšič, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Benjamin Lipovšek and Prof. Dr. Marko Topič.

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The first press release from the Aurora project

January 18 2022

As part of the Aurora project, we issued the first press release. You can downloaded it in several languages from the project website.

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Holiday Wish

December 23 2021

The year 2021 was unprecedented in many ways. Unfortunately, it was still impacted by the epidemic that changed our way of working and international cooperation. Despite the limitations, in LPVO, we will remember it for positive achievements and new experiences.

Take the advantage of the upcoming holidays to renew stocks of positive energy and efficient rest in the circle of loved ones.

In the coming year 2022, we wish you good health, effective overcoming of new challenges and sustainable personal and business development.

Happy New Year!

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Kick-off of the Aurora project

December 1 2021

On December 1, we launched the AURORA (Achieving a new European Energy Awareness) project, funded by the recognized EU Horizon 2020 programme. The Aurora project is an innovation action that will bring photovoltaics closer to the citizens. We will install solar power plants with a total capacity of 1 megawatt at five locations in the EU, in Denmark, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom. Solar power plants will be crowd-funded by citizens, thus reducing their carbon footprint. With the developed app, the participants will follow their carbon footprint and, with the help of the project, reduce it as much as possible in order to become "near zero-emission citizens".

The first project meeting will be held on December 14 by the coordinator, the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

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Defense of the PhD Thesis

October 20 2021

PhD student in scope of the Solar-Train project, Stefan Mitterhofer defended his PhD thesis entitled Modelling and monitoring of moisture transport phenomena in polymeric materials and photovoltaic modules on 20th of October. The defense was held online at 3:00 PM. Committee members were Prof. Dr. Gregor Dolinar (chair), Prof. Dr. Marko Topič, Prof. Dr. Janko Drnovšek, Dr. Tom Betts (University of Loughborough) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marko Jankovec (advisor).

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Paper chosen to Spotlight on Optics

October 5 2021

A paper by Dr. Milan Kovačič entitled Analysis and optimization of light outcoupling in OLEDs with external hierarchical textures published in journal Optics Express was chosen for inclusion in Spotlight on Optics. Articles featured in the Spotlight are chosen by the editors based on excellent scientific quality and appeal to the broader optics and photonics community.

Congratulations!

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Defense of the PhD Thesis

September 21 2021

PhD student in scope of the Solar-Train project, Julián Andrés Ascencio Vásquez defended his PhD thesis entitled Modelling and worldwide assessment of performance and aging of photovoltaic modules and systems on 21st of September. The defense was held online at 2:00 PM. Committee members were Prof. Dr. Roman Kamnik (chair), Prof. Dr. Janez Krč, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marko Jankovec, Prof. Dr. Ralph Gottschalg (Fraunhofer CSP) and Prof. Dr. Marko Topič (advisor).

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Double award at EU PVSEC

September 10 2021

Miha Kikelj  has won two awards for the contribution to the European Photovoltaic Conference EU-PVSEC 2021 entitled“Do Not Blame the Butter for What the Bread Did” or How the Optical Properties of IBC Solar Cells Affect the Results of Spatially Resolved Characterization:

  • EU PVSEC 2021 Student Award
  • EU PVSEC 2021 Poster Award

In addition to the important discovery of the influence of optics on the results of spatially resolved electrical simulations, an excellent video presentation undoubtedly contributed to the award. We invite you to take a look at it.

Congratulations!

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LPVO at EU-PVSEC 2021

August 26 2021

We will attend the the largest photovoltaic conference the EU-PVSEC 2021. The conference will again be held online due to Covid-19 pandemic. Between September 6 and 10, we will present results of our latest research and collaboration in seven contributions:

  • 4BO.1.1, L. Tous, Overview of the Latest Results Achieved in the H2020 Funded Project HighLite Aiming for High-Performance
  • 3BV.2.57, M. Jošt, Bichromatic Light Source for Subcell Performance Analysis in Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells
  • 2CV.1.4, M. Kikelj, “Do Not Blame the Butter for What the Bread Did” or How the Optical Properties of IBC Solar Cells Affect the Results of Spatially Resolved Characterization Methods
  • 6CP.1.5, M. Topič, European Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) for Photovoltaics – Fit for 55% and Climate Neutrality
  • 3CO.6.2, M. Bokalič, Electroluminescence Intensity Stabilization in Perovskite Solar Cells
  • 5DO.1.5, J. Ascencio-Vásquez, Application of Machine Learning to Assess the Thermal Behaviour of PV Modules in Different Climate Zones
  • 5DO.4.6, J. Ascencio-Vásquez, Modelling and Impact of Solar Eclipses on PV Energy Production

See you online!

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Prof. dr. Marko Topič was Elected SAZU Associate Member

June 3 2021

Prof. Dr. Marko Topič was elected a member of The Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art. The election took place on June 3 2021 and he was elected an associate member in Section III of Mathematical, Physical, Chemical and Technical Sciences.

Congratulations!

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Defense of the PhD Thesis

March 18 2021

PhD student in scope of the Solar-Train project, Sascha Lindig defended his PhD thesis entitled Impact of outdoor effects, degradation and technical failures on uncertainty in energy performance of photovoltaic systems on 18th of March. The defense was held online at 2:00 PM. Committee members were Prof. Dr. Roman Kamnik (chair), Prof. Dr. Janez Krč, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marko Jankovec, Prof. Dr. Wilfried van Sark (Utrecht University), Prof. Dr. Marko Topič (advisor) and Dr. David Moser (co-advisor, Eurac Research).

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