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Active Solar Panel Initiative

Objective

The Active Solar Initiative targets development of a fundamentally new, multi-disciplinary photovoltaic technology that will enable meeting and exceeding the year 2015 cost targets of the EU Photovoltaic Strategic Research Agenda, driving European consumer premises power generation to cost parity with grid electricity. The basis of Active Solar is a novel Parallactic Tracking technology concept that supports flat, fixed solar panels with internal concentration and dynamic sun-tracking. Active Solar panels will be a direct replacement of the ubiquitous photovoltaic solar modules. By means of a ten-fold reduction of amount of polycrystalline silicon, costs of the Active Solar panels will be reduced by up to 3 times compared to conventional PV modules. Unlike existing silicon-reducing technologies such as thin film panels, Active Solar panels will enable cost reduction per installed Watt without sacrificing installation area efficiency. The goals of the project include prototyping and verification of the technology, as well as development and verification of cost-efficient manufacturing techniques and dissemination of knowledge among European manufacturers. The project will also lay the groundwork for the next generation of Active Solar technology that will enable a drastic additional increase in residential solar generation efficiency through use of the highly efficient multi-junction cells in flat, fixed rooftop-mounted panels.

Field of science

  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2008-FET
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 664 915
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)

Participants (7)

SOLECTA LTD.
Israel
EU contribution
€ 879 882
Address
Beit Horon 12
69016 Tel-aviv
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Zeev Pritzker (Mr.)
OFFSHORE RENEWABLE ENERGY CATAPULT
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 388 628
Address
Offshore House Albert Street
NE24 1LZ Blyth Northumberland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrew Mill (Mr.)
HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 206 868
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Olszewska-Day (Dr.)
AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michael Parik (Mr.)
IMOS GUBELA GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 277 125
Address
Kniebisstrasse 1
77867 Renchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Erich Gubela (Mr.)
ACI ECOTEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 625
Address
Albring 18
78658 Zimmern Ob Rottweil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Otrun Assländer (Mrs.)
Österreichisches Forschungs- und Prüfzentrum Arsenal GmbH

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 236 291
Address
Giefinggasse 2
1210 Vienna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michael Parik (Mr.)