Greatcell Get $6m Perovskite Solar Cell research.

Greatcell Solar has been awarded a grant by ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) to continue their research into producing perovskite cells for solar power generation. We’ve written about perovskite solar cells a few times this year – with the technology showing great potential and shaping up as an inexpensive alternative to conventional silicon cell technology. 

Greatcell and Perovskite

Queanbeyan-based Greatcell, formerly Dyesol, will spend $17.3m on developing a world-class plant which will scale up their manufacturing capability of high quality, large-area perovskite devices. ARENA will fund $6m of the project following a successful previous grant of $450,000 to continue work on the technology.   

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht released a statement on Tuesday about the second grant: 

“This has the potential to expand the applications for which solar can be used and to reduce costs,” Frischknecht said.

“We want to move perovskites closer towards commercialisation. This will help accelerate solar PV innovation in Australia, which is one of our key priorities.”

Greatcell Solar MD Richard Caldwell told RenewEconomy that they are confident in the long-term viability of perovskite in practical situations in the near future: 

“It has the compelling attributes of lower cost and greater versatility than existing PV technologies. In particular, it is suited to real world solar conditions,” 

“In the long term, this technology has the potential to provide a cost competitive and clean energy solution,” Caldwell was quoted as saying. 

Greatcell and Jinko Solar

Greatcell signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Jinko Solar earlier this year, which gives Jinko access to Greatcell’s perovskite solar technology. Their goal is to partner up and start manufacturing and selling perovskite-based solar on a large scale. 

Perovskite solar cells and Guanidinium

Greatcell Perovskite Solar Cells
Greatcell Solar Research into Perovskite (source:

According to Nature Energy, there’s been another breakthrough with the perovskite cells – incorporating the large organic cation guanidinium (CH6N3+) into methylammonium lead iodide perovskites has helped improving the stability of the perovskites (which are prone to decomposing over time – one of the main problems researchers are facing). 

With the addition of the guanidinium, perovskite solar cells are already working at 19% efficiency for 1000 hours under full-sunlight testing conditions – with silicon solar cells plateauing at around 25% due to the Shockley-Queisser limit. For that reason, we’re pouring money into finding an alternative to silicon solar cells – and it looks like perovskite has the potential to take over. Exciting times – watch this space and we’ll continue following the research and keeping you updated! 


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Jinko Solar Panel Reviews – Australia

Today we’ll have a look at the Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer Jinko Solar who offer high-quality solar panels for residential, utility and commercial solar scale. They are highly recommended by many of the solar companies in Australia we work with, so we’ll investigate their history and review a couple of their most popular panels.

Jinko Solar Panels – History

Jinko Solar was founded in 2006 as a wafer manufacturer, had their IPO in 2010 and then vertically integrated the company by manufacturing cells and modules as well. By the end of last year, Jinko had over 15,000 employees and five production sites. They offer polycrystalline photovoltaic modules with one of the lowest production costs in the industry. Cost per watt was 39 cents in Q4 2015 and dropped to 37 cents per watt in 2016. No word yet on their stats for 2017.

They also develop solar projects, mostly in China – and have connected over 1000MW to the grid via a subsidiary called JinkoPower which they sold a 55% equity interest in in late 2016.  

Jinko Solar Panels in Australia

Due to their very competitive cost, high power output, reliability and a good warranty offering, Jinko panels are the choice of many solar installers in Australia.  They have passed stringent testing for Australia’s arid and equally inclement weather – the whole range of has passed the 96-hour potential induced degradation (PID) resistance test as required by IEC62804 standards.

JinkoSolar’s chief executive officer Kangping Chen said: “JinkoSolar’s PV solar modules are 100% in compliance with double 85 anti-PID standards and offer the related warranty, which marks a milestone in anti-PID technology development of the solar industry and demonstrates our leading position in the field.

“We will continue to improve our anti-PID system to generate a better performance under higher voltage and other tougher conditions.”

Jinko 270W PP-60 Eagle Series

Jinko 270W Eagle Series
Jinko 270W Eagle Series (source: Jinko)

The 270W Eagle Series is the first double 85 certified PID-free module in the world. It’s a tier one panel with power classes from 255Wp up to 270Wp and has 60 cells per panel. 

The product is 1650mm x 992mm x 40mm including the frame and each panel weighs 19kg. They have a 10-year product warranty and a 25-year linear power warranty, which guarantees 80.75% output of the panel after 25 years of usage.

The Eagle SE panels use SolarEdge DC optimisers and the Eagle MX panels have Maxim Integrated optimisers.

If you would like to download the Jinko JKM270PP60 270W Eagle Series Datasheet click here. 

Other Jinko Solar Panels

Jinko Eagle PERC 72
Eagle PERC 72 (source:
  • Eagle 60
  • Eagle 72
  • Eagle PERC 60 – 4 busbar solar cell with up to 18.33% efficiency due to Passivated Emitter Rear Contact (PERC) technology. 60 cell panel.
  • Eagle PERC 72 – 4 busbar solar cell with us to 18.57% efficiency (PERC). 72 cell panel.
  • Jinko Eagle MX – built-in intelligent cell optimizer IC.
  • Jinko Eagle SE – integrated optimizer mitigates power loss from panel-to-panel mismatch.
  • Eagle Dual 60 & 72 – designed for high voltage systems of up to 1500 VDC, module efficiency up to 17.26%.

Do you have any experience with these panels? We’d love to hear about it. Please let your review in the comments and let us know which panels you have and how they performed. 

If you’d like to buy Jinko solar panels in Australia please fill in the form to the right and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with one of our trusted suppliers / installers. 


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