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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
28760 Tres Cantos
NE24 1LZ Blyth