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Development of a competitive 0 GWP dry process to reduce the dramatic water consumption in the ever-expanding solar cells manufacturing industry

Objective

"The proposed project (SOLNOWAT) aims to develop a dry route alternative for the solar cell industry that will eliminate the very high water consumption and GWP emissions of current process while meeting all production requirements. This project will clearly outline the environmental impact, cost and efficiency of the new process and equipment required, and include dissemination to cell manufacturers.

BENEFITS
- Dramatic reduction of water usage*
- Very low-environmental-impact processing *
- Advance process control, real time monitoring*
- High-throughput, high-yield, integrated industrial processing (inline)*
- Devices with increased efficiency*
- Enabling thin wafer processing* and surface decoupling (single sided).
- Smaller footprint
- Low cost of ownership*
- Reviewed by a panel of cell manufacturers

Most of these benefits(*) are fundamental criteria outlined by the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform in its Strategic Research Agenda for Photovoltaic Solar Energy Technology, in order to meet the sector’s ambitions for technology implementation and industry competitiveness.

The SMEs involved believe that by cooperating together through this R&D program, they will be able to achieve significant results. The consortium is composed of 5 SMEs and 3 RTD performers located in 5 different EU countries. The R&D work will propose and develop a novel process replacing wet chemical steps by 0 GWP dry process steps. The successful development will lead to a cleaner, highly controllable, and potentially cheaper process that will deliver more efficient solar cell products with far less environmental impact. The process will meet the current high throughput demand from the industry and show its potential to meet the PV market growth demand."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ULTRA HIGH VACUUM SOLUTIONS LIMITED
Address
Synergy Centre Tallaght
24 Dublin
Ireland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 560 390
Administrative Contact
Laurent Clochard (Mr.)

Participants (5)

ALYXAN SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 157 951
Address
Rue Condorcet 3 Centre Hoche 3
91260 Juvisy Sur Orge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michel Heninger (Dr.)
SOLARTEC S.R.O.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 347 466
Address
Televizni 2618
75661 Roznov Pod Radhostem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petr Moravec (Dr.)
ZS-HANDLING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 111 915
Address
Budapester Strasse 2
93055 Regensburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Schilp (Dr.)
STIFTINGA VESTLANDSFORSKING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 3 275
Address
Sognahallen
6856 Sogndal
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bjørg Haukereid (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 8 286
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)