Specifying guidelines for assessing next generation solar cells

This project will establish guidelines for measuring the performance of emerging photovoltaic (PV) technologies such as perovskite solar cells. The guidelines will help to ensure Australian research laboratories have access to a best practice methodology that is reliable, transferable and accurately reflects the true performance of the devices in the outdoor environment.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO Energy Centre, Mayfield West, NSW
Solar energy
ARENA program:
Emerging Renewables Program
Start date:
November 2015

Project innovation

The project will reduce the risk of scientific misinterpretation and misdirected research by tackling the unresolved challenges in measuring the efficiency of perovskite and related emerging PV devices.

It will produce a set of guidelines for accurate assessment of emerging PV device efficiency, which can be used to perform high accuracy measurements at accredited laboratories. The guidelines will help researchers to understand the minimum requirements for desired levels of measurement accuracy. The project will also assess how fabrication processes affect the efficiency of emerging PV devices.

The project will build on other ARENA support for CSIRO‘s PV Performance Laboratory, the only laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere accredited for PV cell measurement against required international standards.

CSIRO has been working with Australian and international partners to develop and disseminate best-practice guidelines for research measurement excellence in Australia, build consensus on guideline suitability with other accredited laboratories and promote the use of these methods in Australian research laboratories.


The guidelines will provide technical guidance for researchers, funding bodies and industry on the potential of new photovoltaic technologies, such as perovskite solar cells, using a standard approach for performance assessment.

By addressing a crucial barrier to reliable assessment of device performance, the project will accelerate development and commercialisation pathways for Australian-developed PV technologies.

The project will build capacity and develop important skills for assessing emerging PV device performance, increase the investment potential for breakthrough technologies, drive innovation, and overcome roadblocks for the developers of promising PV technologies.

It will also help CSIRO strengthen strategic partnerships between Australia and international researchers at accredited laboratories, as well as facilitate access to critical testing facilities and expertise available through the PV Performance Laboratory.

More information

Media release – 4 December 2015: Shining light on an emerging solar technology

Contact information

Dr Gregory J. Wilson, Research Group Leader, Solar Energy Systems
+61 2 4960 6017