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Development of Plasma-Chemical Equipment for Cost-Effective Manufacturing in Photovoltaics

Objective

The project is aimed to the development of cost saving manufacturing technologies and, innovative equipment to achieve a step-change in production of solar power photovoltaic cells. Solar power production are suffering from a cost structure which on mid-term would retard the penetration into a decreasingly deregulated market for power production. Strategic objective for the EC is to bridge the gap between renewable and conventional energy production costs and, as a result, to significantly increase market share of renewable energy use. Strategic goal for the project is to develop platform for a new generation of production technologies for crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells based on a thoroughgoing in-line manufacturing concept. Target is to reduce specific production cost for photovoltaic cells by introducing into the production chain highly innovative surface technologies which fulfils both criteria of in-line compatibility and reduced costs. Medium sized SMEs are currently dominating the PV market in Europe. By integration of innovative technologies being developed by highly experienced RTD performers into the portfolio of SMEs their competitiveness will be significantly improved. An additional objective of the consortium is to develop a multi-purpose technology with applications that includes surface functionalisation on web in a high throughput roll-to-roll process. This project will significantly widen-out technological basis of the involved SMEs.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-1
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27 C
Munchen
Germany

Participants (7)

CENTROTHERM PHOTOVOLTAICS AG
Germany
Address
Johannes-schimd.str. 8
89143 Blaubeuren
CENTROTHERM PHOTOVOLTAICS GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
Address
Johannes-schmid-strasse 3
Blaubeuren
CVD TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Cockroft Building, University Of Salford Campus, The Crescent
Salford,manchester
Q-CELLS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Guardianstraße 16
Thalheim
REGATRON AG, ELEKTRONIK
Switzerland
Address
Kirchstrasse 11
Rorschach
SALFORD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Cockroft Building, Peel Campus
Manchester
SOLARTEC S.R.O.
Czechia
Address
Televizni 2618
Roznov Pod Radhostem