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New materials for highly efficient and reliable organic solar cells

Objective

Over the last couple of years, the global research community has been experiencing an Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) boom, nowadays triggering a fast growing interest in industry in this young and disruptive technology, since OPV devices enable various new applications that cannot be served by classical silicon solar cells. In particular, OPV open up new opportunities for design in architecture, e.g. the integration of solar cells into facades, overhead glazings or windows.
Major challenges associated with bringing organic photovoltaics to the market are: Increasing the power conversion efficiency, reducing the production costs and increasing the material and device long-time stability. A key to meet all those objectives is the utilization of environmentally friendly (“green”) synthesis of materials and green deposition techniques, since only green synthesis allows to go to large scale material and device fabrication.
MatHero is designed to tweak all those key parameters in order to enable devices with a power conversion efficiency exceeding 10%, a cost reduction below 0.5 €/Wp and a life-time of more than 10 years by developing disruptive green synthesis and fabrication techniques. Hence, the MatHero proposal is in line with the efforts of the European Union to strengthen low-carbon energy supplies as described in its European Strategic Energy Technology Plan as the Materials Roadmap enabling Low Carbon Energy Technologies (SET-Plan).
The MatHero consortium comprised world leading research groups and companies that are capable of reaching the challenging goals of MatHero. The companies can directly exploit the results and bring organic solar cells or components to the market.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-SMALL-7
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 009 524,80
Administrative Contact
Alexander Colsmann (Dr.)

Participants (6)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 487 498
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
ADVANCED ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AE EREUNAS & ANAPTYXIS YLIKON & PROIONTONANANEOSIMON PIGON ENERGEIAS & SYNAFON SYMVOULEFTIKON Y PIRESION
Greece
EU contribution
€ 219 840
Address
Stadiou 0 Municipality Of Patra
26504 Platani
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Dimitriadis (Mr.)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 453 300
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Albert Torres (Mr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 618 228
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gilles Fanget (Mr.)
ARKEMA FRANCE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 445 125
Address
Rue Estienne D Orves
92700 Colombes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christophe Falce (Dr.)
EIGHT19 LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 378 175,20
Address
Milton Road Cambridge Science
CB4 0FE Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jurjen Winkel (Dr.)