A new photovoltaic panel technology: launch of the European PEPPERONI project

Ineris is participating in the European PEPPERONI project, which aims to assess the impact of the introduction and production of a new pervskite/silicon photovoltaic panel technology in the European market. The consortium will meet in Germany on 24 and 25 December to launch the project.

This research project started on 1 November 2022 to run for a period of four years. It is financed by the Horizon Europe programme and jointly coordinated by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) – a German laboratory dedicated to research on materials and energy – and Qcells, a company in the photovoltaics sector.

Its aim is to identify and manage issues relating to the introduction of a new technology in photovoltaic panel alloys (perovskite/silicon tandems) and ultimately lay the foundations for new European production capabilities. Qcells will set up a pilot line in Germany that will make this development possible.

PEPPERONI thus falls within one of the three main work themes at Ineris, namely the management of risks relating to the energy transition and the circular economy. For this initiative, Ineris is drawing up a work package that will focus on the economic, environmental and societal aspects of the technology.

The Institute will study the recyclability of the modules, with the objective of achieving zero waste, as well as the emissions of end-of-life panels (including an analysis of their hazard classification). Ineris will also carry out an a socioeconomic analysis of energy production based on this innovative tandem technology.