Wednesday March 16, 2016

Panasonic joins Solliance as an Industrial Partner

Solliance is pleased to announce that Panasonic Corporation has joined a research program concerning the development of roll-to-roll manufacturing processes aimed at large scale production of flexible perovskite solar cells as one of the industrial partners. Research will be carried out at the Solliance pilot production facilities on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and in the research facilities of imec in Leuven, Belgium.

‘We are extremely pleased with Panasonic’s decision to join our program’ states Huib van den Heuvel, director at Solliance, ‘With this step Panasonic strengthens the industrial participation in this exciting research field’. 

Solliance is active in the field of thin film photovoltaic solar energy and provides state of the art laboratories and pilot production lines which are jointly used for research programs. The agreement gives Panasonic access to the world's best processing equipment and expertise suited to the development of its revolutionary Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC) technology on flexible substrates. 

Panasonic will conduct the feasibility studies on the possibility of large scale roll-to-roll production of printed PSCs under this program. This partnership will create the industry's most technically capable and commercially focused effort to roll out this next generation technology. 

‘We very much appreciate the cooperation with Solliance. Its roll-to-roll pilot production infrastructure and the know-how related to PSCs is world class’, states Toshihiro Higuchi, Panasonic resident working within the joint research team at Solliance. Panasonic has been industrial partner in several of imec’s research programs since 2004 and in the ‘large area flexible electronics program’ at Holst Centre since 2009, the latter focusing amongst others on R2R production technologies, and intends to build on the capabilities and experience that has been developed so far.    

About Solliance 

Solliance is a partnership of R&D organizations from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany working in thin film photovoltaic solar energy. In order to strengthen the EU region’s position as a world player in PV, Solliance is creating the required synergy by consolidating and coordinating the activities of 250 researchers in industry, at research institutes and universities. Various state-of-the-art laboratories and pilot production lines are jointly used for dedicated research programs which are executed in close cooperation with the solar business community.  

Solliance Research Partners are: ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Centre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich, University Hasselt and Delft University of Technology.  

Solliance offers participation in its research programs and opens up its lab facilities to new entrants, either from industry or in research. On the basis of clear Intellectual Property agreements, each industrial partner can participate in this research effort, or alternatively, hire equipment and experts to further develop its own technology. 

More information: 

Contact Huib van den Heuvel, director Solliance (

About Panasonic 

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, enterprise solutions, and device industries. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates 468 subsidiaries and 94 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.715 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2015. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. 

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You can download the press release here