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Advanced aRchitectures for ultra-thin high-efficiency CIGS solar cells with high Manufacturability

Objective

Advanced aRchitectures for ultra-thin high-efficiency CIGS solar cells
with high Manufacturability (ARCIGS-M)
This project´s goal is advanced materials and nanotechnologies for novel CIGS PV device architectures with efficiencies ≥ 23.0 %, thus beyond that of the current state-of-the-art technologies. The technology targets the BIPV sector and enables several innovative solutions for BIPV.
The novel functional materials and material combinations are (1) surface functionalized steel substrates, (2) nano-structuring strategies for optical management of rear contact layers, (3) passivation layers with nano-sized point openings, and (4) ultra-thin CIGS thin film absorber layers. The concepts will be developed and established in production viable equipment. Additionally, this new design will also increase the system’s lifetime and materials resource efficiency, mainly due to the use of ultra-thin CIGS layers (less In and Ga), and barrier and passivation layers that hinder alkali metal movement. Hence, this project will lead to enhanced performance, but also yield and stability, while maintaining manufacturability. The consortium includes SME’s and industrial partners positioned throughout the complete solar module manufacturing value chain. Their roles will be to develop and commercialize new equipment, products and/or services. The consortium already pioneered the proposed advanced material solutions up to technology readiness level (TRL) 4, and this project targets to bring these innovative concepts to TRL 6 in a low-cost demonstrator. The aim is to develop and validate innovative, economic and sustainable BIPV applications, as a near future high value market for the European PV industries. An exploitation strategy, developed with the support of TTO (www.tto.dk), identifying BIPV as the most promising market has been used to validate the choice of technologies and will be further developed during the course of the project.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-2016-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 672 472,50

Participants (12)

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 519 028,75
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 503 382,50
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 377 822,50
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LABORATORIO IBERICO INTERNACIONAL DE NANOTECNOLOGIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 377 406,25
Address
Avenida Mestre Jose Veiga
4715-330 Braga
Activity type
Research Organisations
MIDSUMMER AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 320 307,75
Address
Elektronikhojden 6
175 43 Jarfalla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 413 516,25
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
SOLIBRO RESEARCH AB

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 270 427,50
Address
Vallvagen 5
75651 Uppsala
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 282 050
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OBDUCAT TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 272 062
Address
Scheelevagen 2 Medicon Village
223 81 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 128 603,13
Address
Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADVANCED COATINGS & CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 302 373,75
Address
Allee De L'innovation 1 - B57 Quartier Polytech 3
4000 Liege
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARCELORMITTAL MAIZIERES RESEARCH SA
France
EU contribution
€ 59 248
Address
Rue Andre Campra 6 Immeuble Le Cezanne
93200 Saint Denis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)