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Innovative Materials for Future Generation Excitonic Solar Cells

Objetivo

INNOVASOL aims to develop radically new nanostructured materials for photovoltaic (PV) excitonic solar cells (XSCs) really competitive with traditional energy sources. The main objective is to leapfrog current limitations of third-generation PV devices through a drastic improvement of the materials used for assembling XSCs. The first step is the substitution of the liquid electrolytes, currently used in dye-sensitised solar cells, with solid-state hole conductors. In parallel, semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) with tuned band gap, designed to enhance the photon capture efficiency, will replace the organic dyes as light absorbers. A striking improvement is expected from multi exciton generation (MEG) effects, overcoming the Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit of 31% for the PV conversion. In a second step, highly innovative QDs will be designed and synthesized: the QDs will be covered by self-assembled monolayers of amphiphilic dye molecules, mimicking the photosynthetic antenna system. The dye molecules will act as molecular relays (MRs), which connect the QDs to the transparent conductive oxide (TCO). Novel TCO architectures will be developed for efficient interface energy transfer and electron diffusion. Six academic institutions guarantee an interdisciplinary research, based on top level theoretical and experimental approaches. The high degree of knowledge of solid-state physics and chemistry, nanoscience and nanotechnology of the researchers assures that the new concepts and the objectives proposed will be successfully developed/pursued. Fiat research center and Solaronix, a SME leader in the XSCs production, will provide proof-of-concept prototypes to validate the innovative materials developed by the academic partners. Materials and technological solutions of INNOVASOL are original and will pave the way for future generation XSCs alternative to devices so far developed both inside and outside Europe.

Convocatoria de propuestas

FP7-ENERGY-NMP-2008-1
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Coordinador

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DEL PIEMONTE ORIENTALE AMEDEO AVOGADRO
Dirección
Duomo 6
13100 Vercelli
Italia
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Aportación de la UE
€ 619 878,33
Contacto administrativo
Luciano Pugliese (Dr.)

Participantes (7)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Suiza
Aportación de la UE
€ 515 839
Dirección
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Michael Graetzel (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Alemania
Aportación de la UE
€ 390 709,46
Dirección
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Sven Kreigenfeld (Mr.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Aportación de la UE
€ 365 920
Dirección
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Edna Murphy (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 289 426,67
Dirección
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Alessandro De Filippo (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS
Brasil
Aportación de la UE
€ 139 995,54
Dirección
Cidade Universitaria Zeferino Sn
13083 875 Campinas Sp
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Heloise Pastore (Prof.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 260 100
Dirección
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo
Massimo Casali (Dr.)
SOLARONIX SA
Suiza
Aportación de la UE
€ 317 641
Dirección
Chemin De L'ouriette 129
1170 Aubonne
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Toby Meyer (Dr.)