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DEMONSTRATION OF HIGH PERFORMANCE PROCESSES AND EQUIPMENTS FOR THIN FILM SILICON PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES PRODUCED WITH LOWER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AND REDUCED COST AND MATERIAL USE

Objective

Improving the cost-competitiveness and approaching grid-parity are the major challenges for micromorph thin-film photovoltaics. This project tackles major factors relating to micromorph module efficiency and production cost by assessing the influences of glass, TCO and silicon deposition (including in-situ cleaning). The project bridges the gap between research and industrial application by executing new developments and improvements in the field of TCO and PECVD reactors and processes and transferring them to production plants where the full impact on module efficiency and costs can be evaluated. On the other hand it also takes some innovations already used in other applications like different glass types and F2 as cleaning gas and transfers these improvements into the photovoltaic application. While different glass types have a high impact on production cost of solar modules, the utilisation of F2 as cleaning gas also has high impact on cost by increasing cleaning rates and decreasing gas cost and also has a strong environmental impact by replacing cleaning gases with a higher global warming potential. All these approaches will not only be developed in parallel but this project will ensure a strong interlink between these activities, e. g. the impact of narrow gap reactors on the F2 cleaning rate. The joint goal of the different work packages is the demonstration of a 157Wp micromorph module with a cost of ownersip (CoO) reduced to 0.5€/Wp. Succeeding in this project will ensure the competitiveness of the micromorph technology and further approach the final goal of grid parity. Having European companies jointly engaged in this project will ensure key players in this important technology branch in Europe, therefore strengthening the European economy. The consortium is comprised of seven partners from four European countries and includes 3 Universities and 4 industrial companies (1 equipment supplier, 1 gas supplier and 2 producers of solar modules).

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2009-2
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Coordinator

TEL SOLAR AG
Address
Hauptstrasse 1A
9477 Truebbach
Switzerland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tobias Roschek (Dr.)

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE
United Kingdom
Address
Sutherland Building College Street
NE1 8ST Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicola Pearsall (Prof.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dimitrios Mataras (Prof.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vanessa Terrazoni (Dr.)
BOSCH SOLAR THIN FILM GMBH
Germany
Address
Sonnetor 2
Erfurt
Administrative Contact
Andre Hedler (Dr.)
HELIOSPHERA ERGOSTASIO PARAGOGIS FOTOVOLTAIKON MICHANIMATON EXARTIMATON PARAGOGIS KAI EKMETALFSIS ENERGIAS ANONYMOS ETAIRIA
Greece
Address
Kifissias Avenue 37A
Maroussi
Administrative Contact
Sotiris Mavropanos (Mr.)
LINDE AG
Germany
Address
Klosterhofstrasse 1
80331 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Dieter Maennling (Dr.)