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Development and scale-up of nanostructured based materials and processes for low cost high efficiency chalcogenide based photovoltaics

Objective

This project will exploit the potential of chalcogenide based thin film photovoltaic technologies for the development and scale-up of new processes based on nanostructured materials for the production of high efficiency and low cost photovoltaic devices and modules compatible with mass production requirements. Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGS) chalcogenide based devices have the highest efficiency of all thin film PV technologies, having recently achieved a record value of 20.3% at cell level. These technologies have already entered the stage of mass production, with commercial modules that provide stable efficiencies in the 11-12% range, and a predicted world-side production capacity over 2 GW/a for 2011.

However, current production methods in CIGS industrial technologies typically rely on costly, difficult to control (over large surfaces) vacuum-based deposition processes that are known for low material utilisation of 30-50%. This compromises the potential reduction of material costs inherent to thin film technologies.

At the forefront of this, the SCALENANO project proposes the development of alternative environmental friendly and vacuum free processes based on the electrodepositon of nanostructured precursors with the objective to achieve a much more efficient exploitation of the cost saving and efficiency potential of CIGS based PV. The project also includes the exploration and development of alternative new processes with very high potential throughput and process rate based in the use of printing techniques with novel nanoparticle ink formulations and new cost effective deposition techniques, that will allow proposing an industrial roadmap for the future generation of chalcogenide based cells and modules

Field of science

  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-ENERGY-2011
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA
Address
C/ Jardins De Les Dones De Negre 1
08930 Sant Adria De Besos
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 177 371,76
Administrative Contact
Francisco Hernandez Ramirez (Dr.)

Participants (13)

NEXCIS
France
EU contribution
€ 1 118 204,90
Address
Zone Industrielle Avenue Celestin Cocq 190
13790 Rousset
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Céline Plomion (Dr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 073 499,84
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandro Poloni (Mr.)
Merck KGaA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 57 862,50
Address
Frankfurter Strasse 250
64293 Darmstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ted Stampfer (Mr.)
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 305 400
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alessandra Gastaldi (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 304 971,27
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
INNOVATIVE MATERIALS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES Ltd

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 192 732,48
Address
Faraday Building 7
NG7 2QP Nottingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean Hill (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 948 819,20
Address
2 Avenue De L'universite
4365 Esch-sur-alzette
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Phillip Dale (Dr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 618 235,50
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stephanie Thollon (Dr.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM BERLIN FUR MATERIALIEN UND ENERGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 380 767,22
Address
Hahn Meitner Platz 1
14109 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Van Issern (Mr.)
SEMILAB FELVEZETO FIZIKAI LABORATORIUM RESZVENYTARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 75 870
Address
Prielle Kornelia Utca 4/A.
1117 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hudák Nóra (Ms.)
SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 376 832
Address
Stabile Le Gerre
6928 Manno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Quadri Gianfrance (Ms.)
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 578 753
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tanja Binder (Ms.)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 332 148,33
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giles Machell (Ms.)