The Quantum Black Butterfly is an innovatory plastic-based photovoltaic (PV) system with significant advantages - including double the conversion efficiency - over conventional Silicon and GaAs PVs.
Based on work undertaken in the late 1990s and early 2000’s, the QBB uses a unique patented Multiple Quantum Well and Quantum Dot approach, coupled with advanced non-tracking optical designs.
Led by Prof Keith Barnham and Dr Barry Clive, over 20 years of intense R&D has proven the QBB can achieve 41% conversion efficiency in the labs with a target of 51% within 2 years. It uses recyclable PET - the same plastic in the 1.3 billion plastic bottles sold by the soft drinks industry every day.
The QBB has significantly lower panel cost and comparable Balance of Systems (BoS) costs to conventional PVs with an estimate of twice the conversion efficiency.