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Optimization of Si solar cells, plastic materials and technologies for the development of more efficient concentRatION photovoltaic systems

Objective

The development of renewable energy is a central aim of the EU Commission's energy policy. Concentration PhotoVoltaics (CPV) has been demonstrated to be a good solution in PV industry and in the last years has become more attractive and several companies have been founded with the main goal of decreasing the cost of PV-generated electricity. The main objective of this project is the optimization of materials and technologies involved in CPV System production to reduce system cost/watt and increase system efficiency. The reduction of system cost/watt, that reflects in reduction of PV-generated electricity, will be achieved by: -developing an all-plastic system by using recycled plastic compounds; -developing Si solar cells for automatic assembling technology; -implementing and industrializing automated high-rate technologies for cell assembly and optics production. The increase of system efficiency will be achieved by: -increasing Si concentration cell efficiency by using surface plasmonic crystal structures; -developing plastic materials doped with down-converting nanoparticles for modification of the solar spectrum to enhance the cell efficiency. The scientific objectives concern optimization of Si solar cell and the development of new application-addressed nanocomposite thermoplastic material. Technological objectives concern the implementation and industrialization of automated low-cost technologies for CPV components fabrications. The scientific and technological objectives of the project will be exploited by the realization of a low –CPV system with a projection 2-3 €/Watt . The new system, ready to be produced at the end of the project, will be based on Si concentration solar cell technology coupled to hybrid mirror-lens concentrator optical system. The project also includes the design and development of an innovative one-axis tracker integrated with optics for the realization of a compact and modular CPV system for domestic rooftop applications.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Coordinator

CENTRO RICERCHE PLAST-OPTICA SPA
Address
Via Jacopo Linussio 1
33020 Amaro
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 4 443,24
Administrative Contact
Sara Padovani (Dr.)

Participants (5)

INTEGRA RENEWABLE ENERGIES SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 996 304,26
Address
Via Dei Missaglia 97
20142 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Franco Rasello (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Address
Avenue Panepistimiou 2109 Aglantzi
1678 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Evis Drousiotis (Mr.)
POULEK SOLAR SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 359 502,50
Address
Velvarska 9
16000 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vladislav Poulek (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francesca Fortunati (Dr.)
UAB MODERNIOS E-TECHNOLOGIJOS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 872 750
Address
Vismaliuku G 34
10423 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juras Ulbikas (Dr.)