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High Efficient Very Large Area Thin Film Silicon Photovoltaic Modules

Objective

Recent photovoltaic market trends point to an increased market share of thin film technologies in addition to an increased volume of module production. In particular for amorphous silicon (a-Si) and microcrystalline silicon (uc-Si) this is driven by the recently increased availability of large area deposition systems from different equipment suppliers. The present project identifies optical light confinement as a key point to increase module efficiency. The optimization of the properties of Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) layers at the front contact and the back reflector have to be achieved for large area deposition. Additionally, methods for the reduction of reflection losses at the front glass shall be developed. This optimization has to be done, on the one hand, for single a-Si cell modules and, on the other hand, for modules with a-Si/u-Si tandem structures, where, in the latter case, also an intermediate reflector has to be considered. Objective of the project is to push the implementation of optical layers as part of adapted thin film silicon solar cells into large scale production facilities.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /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-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 409 956
Administrative Contact
Xavier Gutierrez (Mr.)

Participants (4)

AGC GLASS EUROPE SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 271 060
Address
Avenue Jean Monnet 4
1348 Louvain-la-neuve
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Otto Agustsson (Dr.)
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 593 652
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Volker Marx (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 374 847
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pieter Thijssen (Mr.)
T-Solar Global S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 458 637
Address
C. Camelias 114 Bajo, 2
36211 Vigo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Vetter (Dr.)