Invitation to HySPRINT – Industry Day “New Frontiers in PV Research: Emerging Perovskite Semiconductors”

Scientists at HZB are exploring the potential of metal organic perovskites for solar cells. Here a tandem solarcell is shown that combines perovskite with silicon.

Scientists at HZB are exploring the potential of metal organic perovskites for solar cells. Here a tandem solarcell is shown that combines perovskite with silicon. © HZB

On 13 October, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin will be hosting its first Industry Day on the topic of Perovskite Solar Cells. Following a recap of the current state of research and development and the future potential of perovskite solar cells, participants from industry will be able to give a brief presentation to show their company’s interest in the field. Intensive discussions during the Industry Day will be the starting point for future cooperation.

“This event will give the industrial guests the opportunity to identify with our experts the challenges that are especially important in the industrial development of perovskite solar cells,” explains Dr. Stefan Gall, project manager of the Helmholtz Innovation Lab HySPRINT at HZB. “We will then address those challenges in close cooperation with the industrial partners.”

Organometallic perovskite semiconductors are considered an especially exciting new class of materials in photovoltaics. Since 2009, the efficiency of perovskite-based solar cells has been increased from just below 4 percent to more than 20 percent! A speedy rate of increase that has never been achieved before for any other material class in photovoltaics. Also of great importance, perovskite absorber layers can in principle be produced on large areas and more cheaply than other technologies. However, it will still take a lot of development before perovskite solar cells can be introduced successfully into the photovoltaics market.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has therefore considerably expanded its research and development of perovskite semiconductors, and has set up the Helmholtz Innovation Lab HySPRINT ( specifically to accelerate the transfer of this technology. The name HySPRINT stands for “Hybrid Silicon Perovskite Research, Integration & Novel Technologies”. HySPRINT is one of HZB’s CoreLabs and works closely with the Competence Centre Thin-Film- and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB) at HZB. Current research efforts in the scope of HySPRINT include perovskite-silicon tandem cells, liquid phase crystallisation of silicon, and nanoimprint lithography.

“We founded the Helmholtz Innovation Lab HySPRINT in January 2017 in order to promote technology transfer already at an early stage of technological development. And so we are now inviting interested parties to this first Industry Day,” says Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech, spokesperson for the HySPRINT steering committee and scientific director of HZB.



When: 13 Oct. 2017 from 10:00 a.m.

Where: HZB, Berlin-Adlershof



Please register online here.

Please direct enquiries to:

Note: On the day before Industry Day, a workshop will be held on the “Advanced Characterization Possibilities in CoreLab Facilities of HZB for Metal-Halide Perovskites”. You can register for this workshop here.