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Towards 20 percent mc-si industrial solar cell efficiency

Objective

TOPSICLE is an R&D project to develop a low-cost industrial process for super high-efficiency multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) cells and modules. This project will result in an efficiency of 20% for a 4cm² mc-Si cell, 19% for a 156cm² mc-Si cell and 18% for a full size 36-cell module. The peak power of that module will be 101 Wat. a road map will be made to realise cost effective 20% mc-Si PV modules on an industrial scale. To reach these goals the consortium will develop processes for
1) manufacturing high-quality cast ingots,
2) slicing high-quality thin mc-Si wafers,
3) manufacturing super high-efficiency mc-Si solar cells techniques.

TOPSICLE will strongly contribute to the White Paper targets (3GWp installed in 2010, <2.5€/Wp, 3Mtn/yr CO_2 reduction) and will increase Europe's competitive position considerably. The results of TOPSICLE will reduce the energy-pay-back time of the mc-Si based PV systems to 2-3 years.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE OF THE NETHERLANDS
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 ZG Petten
Netherlands

Participants (6)

BP SOLAR ESPANA SA
Spain
Address
5,P.i Tres Cantos Zona Oeste S/n
28760 Tres Cantos
NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGY CENTRE
United Kingdom
Address
Albert Street
NE24 1LZ Blyth
RWE SCHOTT SOLAR GMBH
Germany
Address
Carl-zeiss-strasse 4
63755 Alzenau
SCANWAFER AS
Norway
Address
Oernesveien 3
8160 Glomfjord
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
C/ Ramiro De Maeztu 7
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSITAET KONSTANZ
Germany
Address
Jacob Buchhardtstrasse 29
78457 Konstanz