the next evolution in photovoltaics
Colin Bailie is a native of Plano, TX and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and Engineering from Stanford University. During his graduate and post-graduate work, Colin performed seminal research on perovskite tandem solar cells, including the first reports of mechanically-stacked perovskite on Silicon and CIGS tandems (Energy & Environmental Science, 2014) and monolithic perovskite on Silicon tandem (Applied Physics Letters, 2015), as well as breakthrough engineering solutions to enhance the thermal stability of perovskite solar cells (Advanced Materials, 2016), and thermal and humidity stability (Nature Energy, 2017), filing 4 patent applications in the process. Colin was recognized for his accomplishments by inclusion in the 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy list.
Critical need: Improvements in the performance of solar panels are needed for solar power to become directly competitive with conventional sources of energy, especially as photovoltaic (PV) penetration grows.
Technology vision: By boosting the overall efficiency of conventional solar cells, Iris PV will open new markets for residential and commercial photovoltaics, dramatically accelerating adoption worldwide.
Current state-of-the-art: Current solar panels use a single absorber material, limiting the performance of the panel. Double-junction tandems overcome this limitation by utilizing sunlight more effectively.
Key innovation: Solution-processed metal-halide perovskites that are transparent to infrared light, stable, and low-cost.
Manufacturing challenges: Deposition and patterning of the perovskite at module scale with high yield and uniformity.
Competing technology: Iris PV’s solar panels must surpass, at minimum, the performance of standard solar panels using silicon, CdTe, or CIGS. There is a strong likelihood that others will also attempt to make tandem solar cell products.
First market hypothesis: Initial entry will be in markets where performance is valued at a premium.
Potential for impact: The cost and performance improvements expected by Iris PV’s technology will enable substantially higher PV penetration worldwide, potentially offsetting 3 Gigatons CO2eq per year. We will add large margins back to the income statements of PV companies and reinvigorate an increasingly choked industry.
We're looking for:
- Technical collaborators
- Technoeconomic analysis
- Team members - scientists, engineers
- Joint development partners
cdbailie [at] irispv [dot] com