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Manufacturing technologies and equipment to produce low-cost PV bituminous-modified roofing membrane with full integration of high efficiency flexible thin-film silicon PV modules

Objective

With millions of square meters of available flat roof surfaces with PV conversion potential, PV roofing membranes have a huge potential for mass deployment. However, currently, major issues still hinder this deployment: adhesives or barrier encapsulants of the existing flexible PV roofs don’t meet yet the same reliability as standard construction materials and BIPV is still expensive. The PV-GUM project aims at developing new manufacturing technologies and equipments which will produce a low cost highly efficient flexibly BIPV solar cell on a bituminous roofing membrane (thanks to their proven sustainability, bituminous membranes remain predominantly used for waterproofing flat roofs). The PV-GUM membrane should be very close to the usual bituminous roofing membrane in terms of size, installation process and quality to highly increase the penetration power of PV-GUM in the building market. The PV-GUM membrane will be based on the “Derbibrite” white-coated bituminous membrane technology of Imperbel, PV-GUM coordinator, and the Flexcell flexible PV modules technology. The full integration of the flexible PV modules in the membrane will be performed at the manufacturing stage by a new standardized roll-to-roll encapsulation process to produce PV-laminates followed by a roll-to-roll bitumen impregnation of the PV-laminates. In parallel, a new standardized PECVD reactor and process will be implemented to increase the Flexcell PV cells efficiency to 8% at least and achieve technology superiority over Unisolar remaining the main supplier for this market. The PV-GUM project targets a PV-laminates production capacity of 20 MW. The high degree of integration of the PV modules and the roll-to-roll lamination allowing process automation will highly decrease the costs /Wp. Furthermore, sustainability, quality procedures and monitoring in line, compliance to BIPV standards, as well as fully recyclability of the whole product are associated priorities of PV-GUM.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2009-2
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Coordinator

Imperbel N.V.
Address
Bergensesteenweg 32
1651 Lot
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Bertrand (Mr.)

Participants (9)

VHF-TECHNOLOGIES SA
Switzerland
Address
Rue Edouard Verdon 2
1400 Yverdon Les Bains
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diego Fischer (Dr.)
KEMA NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
Address
Utrechtseweg 310
6812 AR Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Raats (Mr.)
MASCHINENFABRIK HERBERT MEYER GMBH
Germany
Address
Herbert-meyer-str.
Roetz
Administrative Contact
Georg Voggenreiter (Mr.)
NOLAX AG
Switzerland
Address
Eichenstrasse
Sempach Station
Administrative Contact
Willi Schwotzer (Dr.)
GUILBERT EXPRESS SAS
France
Address
Avenue Du Marechal De Lattre De Tassigny
Fontenay Sous Bois Cedex
Administrative Contact
Philippe Guilbert (Mr.)
EURINNOV SARL
France
Address
Rue Jean Goujon
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mattéa Gervais (Mrs.)
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ineke Ramp (Ms.)
B-ENERGY SARL
France
Address
George Fourest
Limoges
Administrative Contact
Daniel Pasquet (Mr.)
HYET SOLAR BV
Netherlands
Address
Westervoortsedijk 71 K
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Edward Hamers (Dr.)