LAB2LINEProject reference: 19902
Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV
From the laboratory to the production Line
Total cost:EUR 2 795 463
EU contribution:EUR 1 269 674
Coordinated in:United Kingdom
Call for proposal:FP6-2004-TREN-3
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
The project aims at taking solar cell processes and materials successfully developed within previous RTD projects to manufacturing level. In particular the project will address low cost options for the well known laser grooved solar cell which include screen printing and laser local rear contacts, and will also address manufacturing issues related to the use of n-type multi-crystalline silicon, which has demonstrated excellent quality at lab level.
The two project lines are kept separate for faster achievement of scale up, which is an overall goal of the project, but in principle optimised cell processing can be applied to any kind of substrate, and thus to n-type, for instance. The project will verify such option as well. The objectives of the project are to fully test and specify process sequences which can be scaled to volumes compatible with the present growth rate of the PV market already at the end of the project.