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Double side contacted cells with innovative carrier-selective contacts

Objective

The DISC project addresses the need to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels by developing key technologies for the next generation of high-performance photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and modules, allowing ultra-low solar electricity costs with minimum environmental impact.
DISC focuses on the only way to fully exploit the potential of silicon to its maximum: through the use of carrier selective junctions, i.e. contacts which allow charge carriers to be extracted without recombination. Such contacts allow for simple device architecture as considered in DISC - non-patterned double-side contacted cells – which can be fabricated within a lean process flow, either by upgrading existing or within future production lines. In DISC, a unique consortium of experienced industrial actors will collaborate with a set of institutes with demonstrated record devices and worldwide exceptional experience in the R&D field of carrier selective contacts. DISC will target efficiencies >25.5% on large area cell and >22% at module level while demonstrating pilot manufacturing readiness at competitive costs.
Together with a reduction of non-abundant material consumption (Ag, In), with an enhancement of the energy yield, with modern module design ensuring outstanding durability, DISC will provide the key elements for achieving in Europe very low Levelized Costs of Electricity between 0.04 – 0.07$/kWh (depending on the irradiation), with mid-term potential for further reduction, making solar one of the cheapest electricity source. The high efficient PV modules developed in DISC are predestined for rooftop installations, i.e. neutral with respect to land use aspects. A life cycle approach applied in DISC prevents the shifting of environmental or social burdens between impact categories.
DISC has a chance to contribute towards mitigating the impacts of climate change, improving energy access and towards bringing Europe back at the forefront of solar cell science, technology and manufacturing

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-LCE-2016-RES-CCS-RIA

Coordinator

INSTITUT FUR SOLARENERGIEFORSCHUNG GMBH
Net EU contribution
€ 994 795,00
Address
Am Ohrberg 1
31860 Emmerthal
Germany

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Niedersachsen Hannover Hameln-Pyrmont
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (12)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 520 475,00
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 799 967,50
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 857 547,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Espace Mittelland Neuchâtel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 804 283,75
MEYER BURGER AG
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
Address
Schorenstrasse 39
3645 Gwatt Thun

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Espace Mittelland Bern / Berne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 551 968,75
TOTALENERGIES MARKETING SERVICES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 157 626,25
Address
Cours Michelet 24
92800 Puteaux

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Hauts-de-Seine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
Net EU contribution
€ 372 125,00
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana

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Slovenija Zahodna Slovenija Osrednjeslovenska
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
VON ARDENNE GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 535 150,00
Address
Am Hahnweg 8
01328 Dresden

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Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
MECO EQUIPMENT ENGINEERS BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 416 556,25
Address
Marconilaan 2
5151 DR Drunen

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Noord-Brabant Noordoost-Noord-Brabant
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
ECOSOLIFER HETEROJUNCTION KORLATOLTFELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
Net EU contribution
€ 193 501,25
Address
Kulterulet 0219/31 Hrsz
9300 Csorna

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

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Dunántúl Nyugat-Dunántúl Győr-Moson-Sopron
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
AYMING
France
Net EU contribution
€ 148 750,00
Address
Rue Chaptal 114
92300 Levallois-perret

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Hauts-de-Seine
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 267 500,00
Address
Saint Mary Axe 33 2nd Floor 33
EC3A 8AA London

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Region
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00