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Advanced dry processes for low cost, thin multicrystalline silicon solar cell technology- (ADVOCATE)

Objective

This project focuses on significant cost reduction of crystalline silicon solar cells by developing fully dry, environmentally friendly multi-Si cell fabrication processes.
The proposed novel, unconventional cell fabrication technology is capable to:
(1) process large area, thin (down to 100 microns) and fragile silicon wafers with a high throughput and a low breakage rate on automated production lines with reduced or without manual water handling operations,
(2)use of all types of low cost crystalline silicon substrates: standard multi-Si,EMC multi-Si, all types of silicon ribbons,
(3) remove all wet chemical and water rinsing processing steps,
(4) reduce the health risk in the production,
(5)reach cell efficiency > 16% on ultra thin wafers.
The project is aiming at the mid-term cost reduction of the multicrystalline solar cells down to 1 Eur/Wp. Cell process will be executed by two processing techniques: screen printing and plasma.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MIKRO-ELEKTRONICA CENTRUM VZW
Address
75,Kapeldreef 75
3001 Heverlee
Belgium

Participants (7)

CENTRAL LABORATORY OF SOLAR ENERGY AND NEW ENERGY SOURCES - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Tzarigradsko Shosse 72
1784 Sofia
FAP FORSCHUNGS- UND APPLIKATIONSLABOR PLASMATECHNIK GMBH DRESDEN
Germany
Address
Gostritzer Strasse 61-63
01217 Weissig - Dresden
PHOTOWATT INTERNATIONAL SA
France
Address
33,Rue Saint-honoré 33 Z.a. Champfleuri
38300 Bourgoin Jallieu
RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TECHNICAL PHYSICS AND MATERIALS SCIENCE
Hungary
Address
Konkoly-thege Street 29-33
1525 Budapest
SECON SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT GMBH
Austria
Address
Laxenburgerstrasse 17
2353 Guntramsdorf
UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
Address
Trzaska 25
1001 Ljubljana
UTRECHT UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Padualaan 8
3584 CH Utrecht