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Plasmons Generating Nanocomposite Materials (PGNM) for 3rd Generation Thin Film Solar Cells

Objetivo

The objective of the SOLAMON project is to develop high potential Plasmon Generating Nanocomposite Materials (PGNM) which will pave the way to the generation III solar cells (high efficiency & low cost). The objective is an augmentation in the External Quantum Efficiency resulting in an increase of 20% in the short circuit current density of the thin film solar cells. To achieve such an ambitious goal, the project will focus on the development of fully tailored building block nanoparticles able to generate a plasmon effect for enhanced solar absorption in thin film solar cells. Such nanoparticles designed for an optimum absorption will be integrated in solar cells matrix using a recently developed room temperature deposition process. This step will result in the specific design of PGNM for solar cells using a knowledge based approach coupling modeling at both scales: nanoscopic (plasmonic structure) and macroscopic (solar cells). SOLAMON will address three different classes of solar cells: a-Si:H thin films, organics and dye sensitised. Developing the PGNM on these three classes aims at maximizing the project impact and not to compare them because scientific background acquired on these technologies could be easily transferred to other ones. As a matter of fact, a-Si:H technology targets mainly the BuiIding Integrated PV (BIPV) market (large surfaces) whereas the two others are most suitable for the consumer good market (nomad applications). The project workprogram, the critical path and the contingencies plans are designed to maximize both social and economic impact. For this reason, the BIPV applications (i.e. a-Si:H based technology) will be firstly considered when a strategic choice occurs, keeping in mind that, even of large economic importance, the two other technologies do not have the same key BIPV environmental and social impact.

Convocatoria de propuestas

FP7-ENERGY-NMP-2008-1
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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
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Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Francia

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Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo
Yves Hussenot (Mr.)
Aportación de la UE
€ 551 235

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Países Bajos
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€ 316 410
Dirección
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Miro Zeman (Dr.)
MANTIS DEPOSITION LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 276 660
Dirección
2 Goodson Industrial Mews, Wellington Street
OX9 3BX Thame

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Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Alistair Henderson Kean (Dr.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Eslovenia
Aportación de la UE
€ 241 940
Dirección
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Marko Topic (Prof.)
SOLARONIX SA
Suiza
Aportación de la UE
€ 213 703
Dirección
Chemin De L'ouriette 129
1170 Aubonne

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Toby Meyer (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Australia
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Anzac Parade
2052 Sydney

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Gavin Conibeer (Dr.)