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Manufacturing technologies and equipment to produce low-cost PV bituminous-modified roofing membrane with full integration of high efficiency flexible thin-film silicon PV modules

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 249791

  • Start date

    1 November 2010

  • End date

    30 April 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 757 903,36

  • EU contribution

    € 6 234 346

Coordinated by:

Imperbel N.V.

Belgium

Objective

With millions of square meters of available flat roof surfaces with PV conversion potential, PV roofing membranes have a huge potential for mass deployment. However, currently, major issues still hinder this deployment: adhesives or barrier encapsulants of the existing flexible PV roofs don’t meet yet the same reliability as standard construction materials and BIPV is still expensive. The PV-GUM project aims at developing new manufacturing technologies and equipments which will produce a low cost highly efficient flexibly BIPV solar cell on a bituminous roofing membrane (thanks to their proven sustainability, bituminous membranes remain predominantly used for waterproofing flat roofs). The PV-GUM membrane should be very close to the usual bituminous roofing membrane in terms of size, installation process and quality to highly increase the penetration power of PV-GUM in the building market. The PV-GUM membrane will be based on the “Derbibrite” white-coated bituminous membrane technology of Imperbel, PV-GUM coordinator, and the Flexcell flexible PV modules technology. The full integration of the flexible PV modules in the membrane will be performed at the manufacturing stage by a new standardized roll-to-roll encapsulation process to produce PV-laminates followed by a roll-to-roll bitumen impregnation of the PV-laminates. In parallel, a new standardized PECVD reactor and process will be implemented to increase the Flexcell PV cells efficiency to 8% at least and achieve technology superiority over Unisolar remaining the main supplier for this market. The PV-GUM project targets a PV-laminates production capacity of 20 MW. The high degree of integration of the PV modules and the roll-to-roll lamination allowing process automation will highly decrease the costs /Wp. Furthermore, sustainability, quality procedures and monitoring in line, compliance to BIPV standards, as well as fully recyclability of the whole product are associated priorities of PV-GUM.
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Coordinator

Imperbel N.V.

Address

Bergensesteenweg 32
1651 Lot

Belgium

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Administrative Contact

Eric Bertrand (Mr.)

Participants (9)

VHF-TECHNOLOGIES SA

Switzerland

KEMA NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

MASCHINENFABRIK HERBERT MEYER GMBH

Germany

NOLAX AG

Switzerland

GUILBERT EXPRESS SAS

France

EURINNOV SARL

France

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

B-ENERGY SARL

France

HYET SOLAR BV

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 249791

  • Start date

    1 November 2010

  • End date

    30 April 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 757 903,36

  • EU contribution

    € 6 234 346

Coordinated by:

Imperbel N.V.

Belgium