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Concentrating Photovoltaic modules using advanced technologies and cells for highest efficiencies

Objective

It has been proven that the only realistic path to close the gap between theoretical and practical ultra-high efficiency solar cells is the monolithic multi-junction (MJ) approach, i.e. to stack different materials on top of each other. Each material/sub solar cell converts a specific part of the sun´s spectrum and thus manages the photons properly. However, large area multi-junction cells are too expensive if applied in standard PV modules. A viable solution to solve the cost issue is to use tiny solar cells in combination with optical concentrating technology, in particular, high concentrating photovoltaics (HCPV), in which the light is concentrated over the solar cells more than 500 times. The combination of ultra-high efficient cells and optical concentration lead to low cost on system level and eventually to low levelised electricity costs, today well below 8 €cent/kWh and at the end of this project below 5 €cent/kWh. Therefore, to achieve an optimised PV system (high efficiency, low cost and low environmental impact), world-wide well-known partners in the field of CPV technology propose this project to run and progress together the development of highly-efficient MJ solar cells and the improvement of the concentrator (CPV module) technique.

The central objective of the project is to realise HCPV solar cells and modules working at a concentration level ≥800x with world record efficiency of 48 % and 40 %, respectively, hence bringing practical performances closer to theoretical limits. This should be achieved through novel MJ solar cell architectures using advanced materials and processes for better spectral matching as well as through innovative HCPV module concepts with improved optical and interconnection designs, thus including novel light management approaches. The ambition for this project is not less than to achieve the highest efficiencies on solar cell and module level world-wide, thus Europe will be the top player for the CPV-technology.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles/photons

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 192 898,75

Participants (8)

RICERCA SUL SISTEMA ENERGETICO - RSE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 600 000
Address
Via Raffaele Rubattino 54
20134 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 696 428,75
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AZUR SPACE SOLAR POWER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 674 535
Address
Theresienstrasse 2
74072 Heibronn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASSE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 696 410
Address
Via Milano 5
34132 Trieste
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIXTRON SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 496 463,75
Address
Dornkaulstrasse 2
52134 Herzogenrath
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 199 935
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 196 500
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
CYCLECO SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 196 425
Address
Avenue Roger Salengro, 18
01500 Amberieux En Bugey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)