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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
79110 Freiburg (In Breisgau)