CIP Technologies has reached a new energy conversion efficiency record for thermo-photovoltaic (TPV) cells.
In partnership with the University of Oxford and Wafer Technology, and with partial funding from the U.K. Technology Strategy Board and EPSRC, a successful three year collaborative research project has delivered first generation single-junction cells with energy conversion efficiencies up to 12%. This figure compares to 9% from existing, commercially available devices.
The consortium is now working on a second-generation cell design with a more complex, multi-layer construction that will improve infrared capture even further. This is expected to extend energy conversion efficiencies to over 15% – significantly widening the range of viable applications for the technology.
Source: CIP Technologies