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Heterojunction Solar Cells based on a-Si c-Si

Objective

The Photovoltaic (PV) industry needs to find new approaches to make solar cells competitive. Crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafer-based technology has a real potential to achieve significant cost reduction if the R&D effort is made on the most critical issues. These issues are the reduction of silicon material consumption, the increase of solar cell efficiency and an improved integration into modules. In this context, silicon heterojunction solar cells, the active part of which is basically produced by a low temperature growth of ultra-thin layers of silicon onto both sides of a thin crystalline silicon wafer-base, represent clearly one of the most promising options. The HETSI project aims to design, develop and test novel aSi-cSi Heterojunction solar cell structure concepts with high efficiency. This project covers all aspects of the value chain, from upstream research of layer growth and deposition, to module process and cell interconnection, down to upscaling and cost assessment of heterojunction concept. The Consortium is a balanced team of 12 partners from 6 European countries with a wide range of expertise in the field of silicon for PV covering various aspects from the deposition of thin silicon films, passivation of interfaces, through characterization and modelling, down to technological implementation and industrial achievement capabilities. The cooperation of Europe’s leading research institutes in the field of heterojunction solar cells (HMI, ECN, CEA-INES, IMEC, UNINE, UU, ENEA and CNRS) will generate synergy effects that will help to provide the know-how needed to reach the optimum relation of cell efficiency and cost. The presence in the consortium of 3 industrial partners, Q-Cells, Photowatt and Solon, which are among the leading European solar cell and module producers, will insure a rapid and efficient economic exploitation of HETSI results.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2007-1-RTD
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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
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75015 Paris 15
France
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Research Organisations
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Yves Hussenot (Mr.)

Participants (11)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 373 601
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Michele Saumon (Dr.)
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 394 618
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ian J. Bennett (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 309 494
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pieter Thijssen (Mr.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 200 232
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
00196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vincenzo Cincotti (Dr.)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 302 944
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hannelore Marain (Ms.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
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€ 361 330
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christophe Ballif (Prof.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM BERLIN FUR MATERIALIEN UND ENERGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 368 058
Address
Hahn Meitner Platz 1
14109 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Feege (Ms.)
PHOTOWATT INTERNATIONAL SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 172 926
Address
Rue Saint-honore 33
38300 Bourgoin Jallieu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nam Le Quang (Dr.)
Q-CELLS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 167 318
Address
Guardianstrasse 16
06766 Bitterfeld-wolfen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Randi Weber (Ms.)
SOLON AG FUER SOLARTECHNIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 174 125
Address
Ederstrasse
12059 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juliane Berghold (Dr.)
AYMING
France
EU contribution
€ 89 125
Address
Rue Chaptal 114
92300 Levallois-perret
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Victor-Pujebet (Mr.)