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Roll-to-roll manufacturing of high efficiency and low cost flexible CIGS solar modules

Objective

"CIGS solar module technology on rigid glass substrate is already mature and industrial companies are producing hundreds of MWp each year. Bringing flexible CIGS solar modules to industrial maturity will yield the next breakthrough for further cost reduction by taking into account the inherent advantages of thin film technology, e.g. high throughput and large scale coating with less energy and material consumption.
The aim of R2R-CIGS is to develop efficient flexible solar modules by implementing innovative cost-effective processes such that production costs below 0.5 €/Wp can be achieved in large volume factories with annual capacity of 500MWp in future.
The main objectives of this project are:
• Flexible solar cells on polymer film with 20% efficiency and mini-module with 16% efficiency by control of composition gradient, surface, and interface properties on nano-scale
• Transfer of innovative buffer layer process for roll-to-roll manufacturing and replacing problematic CBD-CdS by higher yield processes such as (spatial) ALD and ultrasonic spray
• Developing fully laser based patterning technology for monolithic interconnection in R2R pilot-line
• Scale-up of static multi-stage CIGS deposition process from laboratory scale towards inline R2R compatible processes
• Implementation of the up-scaled multi-stage CIGS deposition process into pilot lines for R2R manufacturing of flexible CIGS modules
• Development of moisture barrier with WVTR < 5x10-4 g/m2/d and cost-effective encapsulation
• Decrease cost of ownership for enabling production costs below 0.5 €/Wp for a commercial plant with annual production of 500 MWp in future"

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-ENERGY-2011
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 072 437
Administrative Contact
Pieter Bolt (Dr.)

Participants (10)

EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 402 676
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yaroslav Romanyuk (Dr.)
NICE SOLAR ENERGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 186 600
Address
Alfred Leikam Strasse 25
74523 Schwabisch Hall
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Dimmler (Mr.)
FLISOM AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 108 725
Address
Gewerbestrasse 16
8155 Niederhasli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Brémaud (Dr.)
ZENTRUM FUR SONNENENERGIE- UND WASSERSTOFF-FORSCHUNG BADEN-WURTTEMBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 813 576
Address
Meitnerstrasse 1
70563 Stuttgart
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Friedrich Kessler (Dr.)
CENTRE FOR PROCESS INNOVATION LIMITED LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 921 825
Address
Wilton Centre Wilton
TS10 4RF Redcar Cleveland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arun Harish (Dr.)
ISOVOLTAIC AG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 217 826
Address
Isovoltaicstrasse 1
8403 Lebring
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christoph Von Lutz (Mr.)
BENEQ OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 295 414
Address
Olarinluoma 9
02200 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sami Sneck (Mr.)
SOLAYTEC BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 21 939
Address
Dillenburgstraat 9 G
5652 AM Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Huib Heezen (Mr.)
MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 650 660
Address
Poligono Industrial Bainetxe 5A
20550 Aretxabaleta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aitor Apraiz (Mr.)
VDL ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES GROUP EINDHOVEN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 329 823
Address
Achtseweg Noord 5 Ak-1 K113
5651 GG Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Tacken (Mr.)