Zonnecel gemaakt van perovskiet en silicium. Foto Amran Al-Ashouri

MBraun’s representative looks pleased as he watches his “Glove Box” being used in practice. It has large glass cabinets with rubber arms to allow the employees of the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) to work in a sterile environment. A young researcher is mirroring two solar cells on top of each other in one of the cabinets, “because that’s one of the things we do here”, says HZB professor Steve Albrecht. “Together with our partners, we are looking for new applications in the photovoltaic industry.”

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Author profile picture Maurits Kuypers graduated as a macroeconomist from the University of Amsterdam, specialising in international work. He has been active as a journalist since 1997, first for 10 years on the editorial staff of Het Financieele Dagblad in Amsterdam, then as a freelance correspondent in Berlin and Central Europe. When it comes to technological innovations, he always has an eye for the financial feasibility of a project.