January 18 (Renewables Now) - Swedish construction group Skanska (STO:SKA-B) said on Wednesday it plans to test semi-transparent perovskite solar modules in office buildings on a commercial scale.
The photovoltaic (PV) modules will be supplied by Polish start-up Saule Technologies Initial tests will be carried out in Poland by Skanska’s commercial development business unit in Central Eastern Europe this year.
The Swedish company has signed a licence-based agreement with Saule Technologies, giving it exclusive rights to use the solar firm’s solutions in building facades and noise barriers in the Nordics, Europe and the US.
Saule Technologies is using ink-jet printing for the fabrication of flexible, light-weight and semi-transparent perovskite solar modules. It is now working on a large-scale prototype production line. The company is backed by a Japanese investor and has the support of the Polish National Centre for Research and Development.