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Co-creating next generation solar technology

Solliance performs Research and Development into next generation solar technology. It is a research organisation that is a joint venture of ECN, TNO, Holst Centre and imec.

Together with academic partners as Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Hasselt, TU Delft and Forschungszentrum Jülich, Solliance has a significant role in global research into future solar technology. The organisation is convinced that thin-film solar cells are the future and Soliance’s main goal is to connect science and industry in order to create a sustainable energy system.


Glass or foil on glass that generates energy and blocks sun light, is an example of a way in which Perovskite-based solar cells can be applied. Research into Perovskite-based solar cells is still very young but expectations are high. This is illustrated by the enormous number of publications that have been written on the subject since the first paper was published in 2009. Not to mention the great number of patents that have been filed in this field.

Perovskites Perovskites are a class of materials that share a similar structure, which display a myriad of exciting properties like superconductivity, magnetoresistance and more. These easily synthesized materials are considered the future of solar cells, as their distinctive structure makes them perfect for enabling low-cost, extremely efficient photovoltaics. They are also predicted to play a role in next-gen electric vehicle batteries, sensors, lasers and much more.

“We work on a completely new technology. What we do is extremely innovative.”

Dr. Yulia Galagan, Senior Researcher Solliance