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Improvement of photovoltaic concentrator systems and technology transfer to a manufacturer (CONMAN)

Objective

This proposal will develop concentrating PV systems that have an equivalent module Cost of 1 euro/Wp. These will reduce the cost of solar electricity by a factor of 2 to 3.A prior JOULE 3 project demonstrated that PV concentrator systems with concentration ratios about 30x could be built for 1.7 euro/Wp. This cost reduction came from reduced cell area, small-aperture collectors, which saved material costs and simplified the heat sinking, and the use of modified commercial one-sun cells. This project will improve these designs, using cheaper materials, and novel solar cells and collectors at up to 200x. By paying careful attention to detail design and ease of large-scale manufacture, the EU target cost of 1euro/Wp can be met.2m² prototypes will be built and tested. Then a manufacturer in Southern Spain will set upon initial production line, and assemble three 5 kWp grid-connected systems for test and demonstration purposes.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF READING
Address
Whiteknights
RG6 6AY Reading
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

ENWESA OPERACIONES SA
Spain
Address
70,Avenida Juan Carlos I 8
39600 Maliano
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.*
Germany
Address
Heidenhofstrasse 2
79110 Freiburg (In Breisgau)
KARL JUNGBECKER GMBH
Germany
Address
Bruchstrasse 89
57462 Olpe
OPTICAL PRODUCTS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
The Shrubberies 9, George Lane, South Woodford
181BD London
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE CARTAGENA
Spain
Address
Campus Muralla Del Mar, C/ Dr Fleming S/n
30202 Cartagena
UNIVERSITAET KONSTANZ
Germany
Address
Jacob Buchhardtstrasse 29
78457 Konstanz
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Marti I Franques 1
08028 Barcelona