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Sustainable materials and manufacturing processes for the development of high efficiency, flexible, all-Perovskite Tandem photovoltaic modules with low CO2 footprint

Project description

Developing sustainable and cost-effective photovoltaic technology

Europe has been investing heavily in developing sustainable and cost-competitive photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing technologies. The EU-funded SuPerTandem project is an example. This project will bring together leading labs, industrial equipment makers, and flexible PV module companies to develop 2-terminal tandem cells and monolithically connected modules on flexible foils using low-cost perovskite absorber layers. The project aims to achieve low production costs, minimise the use of critical materials, and develop lightweight and flexible modules suitable for integration into buildings, vehicles, and agrivoltaics to contribute to net zero emissions targets. Developments like this will assist the EU to meet its climate targets and compete with other regions in the global solar market.

Objective

The SuPerTandem project aims to accelerate Europe’s transition to clean energy by developing innovative photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing technologies for 2-terminal tandem cells and monolithically connected modules on flexible foils using low cost solution-processed perovskite absorber layers. Such devices feature efficiencies above 30%, performance stability profiles comparable to c-Si technologies, and excellent sustainability profile.
Important aspects are minimizing the use and impact of scarce and critical materials by employing sustainable, earth-abundant materials and applying encapsulation as well as recycling strategies to guarantee circularity. Application of scalable manufacturing processes on film substrates will enable low production cost (< 20 €/m2) and lower cost of electricity compared to current Si PV technology. This will be achieved by the partnership of leading European labs, industrial equipment makers and flexible PV module producing companies, building a coherent value chain of European innovation driven, cost competitive manufacturing to provide affordable innovative PV solutions.
Dual use of land/surfaces will capitalize the application advantages of developed lightweight flexible free-form factor PV modules for integration into buildings, vehicles and agrivoltaics to facilitate net zero emission targets with affordable integrated systems. The overarching aim of SuPerTandem is to demonstrate technologies at TRL 5, while participating partners have interests to quickly implement the project outcomes for establishing roll-to-roll manufacturing plants in EU. The sustainability of the developed module technology will be validated from environmental and economic points of view by life-cycle and techno-economic assessments, highlighting its potential for low resource consumption and CO2 footprint and thus for salient contributions to a sustainable, secure, safe and affordable supply of renewable energy in Europe.

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Net EU contribution
€ 699 998,75
Address
ANNA VAN BUERENPLEIN 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 699 998,75

Participants (11)

Partners (3)