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Piloting novel cost-competitive bifacial IBC technology for vertical integrated European GW scale PV production value chain

Objective

The IBC4EU project will develop cost effective and sustainable bifacial interdigitated back contact (IBC) solar cell and module technology on pilot line level. Based on business cases from the whole value chain – ingot, wafer, cell and module – we will demonstrate that IBC technology is the most promising choice for a fast launch of GW scale PV production in the EU. Cost competitiveness not only against future heterojunction (HJT) and Tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) technology but also present-day PERC and PERC technology will be demonstrated for the polyZEBRA and POLO IBC cell designs. To reach this goal, cost-effective production equipment will be developed and eco-design approaches will be employed to reduce the need for scarce materials such as silicon metal and silver and to maintain indium-free design. Pilot lines, interlinked on all levels of production, will help to reach GW scale mass production not only on cell but also on ingot, wafer and module level until 2030. The advantage of the chosen IBC technology is that it is based on existing production technology. Thus, the project will focus on improving existing processing steps on already available equipment, introducing some novel equipment to reduce the cost of ownership, and employing Industry 4.0 solutions for predictive maintenance, quality control and traceability. The feasibility of the chosen technologies and the innovative products will be evaluated by business-related parameters as well as performance characteristics which will be tested according to the relevant standards and in demo sites. The environmental impact will be monitored closely and eco-design approaches will be used to reduce the CO2 footprint, increase the resource efficiency and recyclability and improve in terms of circularity potential.

Coordinator

INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ENERGY RESEARCHCENTER KONSTANZ ISC EV
Net EU contribution
€ 1 523 250,00
Address
Rudolf Diesel Strasse 15
78467 Konstanz
Germany

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Freiburg Konstanz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (16)

PERSPEKTYVINIU TECHNOLOGIJU TAIKOMUJU TYRIMU INSTITUTAS
Lithuania
Net EU contribution
€ 366 875,00
Address
Vismaliuku Str. 34
10423 Vilnius

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Region
Lietuva Sostinės regionas Vilniaus apskritis
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
NORSUN AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 891 800,00
Address
Karenslyst Alle 9c
278 Oslo

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Viken
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 382 200,00
ENERGYRA EUROPE BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 827 260,00
Address
Handelsweg 45
1525 RG Westknollendam

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Zaanstreek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 354 540,00
FUTURASUN S.R.L.
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 614 250,00
Address
Via Riva Del Pasubio 14
35013 Cittadella

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 263 250,00
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 757 875,00
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 830 130,50
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 840 926,00
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,25
INSTITUT FUR SOLARENERGIEFORSCHUNG GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 993 236,00
Address
Am Ohrberg 1
31860 Emmerthal

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Region
Niedersachsen Hannover Hameln-Pyrmont
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,25
COPPRINT TECHNOLOGIES LTD
Israel
Net EU contribution
€ 1 023 225,00
Address
7 Antigonus St
93303 Jerusalem

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 438 525,00
LUXCHEMTECH GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 209 825,00
Address
Alfred Lange Strasse 18
09599 Freiberg

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Sachsen Chemnitz Mittelsachsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 89 925,00
WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 286 212,50
Address
Sylvensteinstrasse 2
81369 Muenchen

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 122 662,50
UAB VALOE CELLS
Lithuania
Net EU contribution
€ 1 274 875,00
Address
Mokslininku 6a
08412 Vilnius

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Lietuva Sostinės regionas Vilniaus apskritis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 546 375,00
VALOE OYJ
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 880 250,00
Address
Insinoorinkatu 5
50150 Mikkeli

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Manner-Suomi Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi Etelä-Savo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 377 250,00
HIGHLINE TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 748 060,00
Address
Merzhauser Str. 76
79100 Freiburg Im Breisgau

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Baden-Württemberg Freiburg Freiburg im Breisgau, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 320 597,25
KALYON GUNES TEKNOLOJILERI URETIM AS
Türkiye
Net EU contribution
€ 1 133 868,75
Address
Baskent Osb Sadi Turk Bulvari 23 Malikoy Sincan
06909 Ankara

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Region
Batı Anadolu Ankara Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 485 943,75
ICARES CONSULTING
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 288 750,00
Address
Vieux Chemin De L'helpe 148
1332 Rixensart

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Région wallonne Prov. Brabant Wallon Arr. Nivelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 123 750,00

Partners (4)

CENTROTHERM INTERNATIONAL AG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Wurttemberger Strasse 31
89143 Blaubeuren

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Tübingen Alb-Donau-Kreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
LPKF LASER & ELECTRONICS AG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Osteriede 7
30827 Garbsen

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Region
Niedersachsen Hannover Region Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
Toyo Aluminium K.K.
Japan
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
RENA GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Ob Der Eck 5
78148 Guetenbach

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Freiburg Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00