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Training for sustainable low cost PV technologies: development of kesterite based efficient solar cells

Objective

The overall objective of this project is the creation of an ITN network for the structured interdisciplinary training of researchers in advanced thin film photovoltaic (PV) technologies.
The project proposes the development of new technologies compatible with the cost, efficiency, sustainability and mass production requirements that are needed to become a
reliable and future alternative to conventional non renewable energy sources. With this objective in mind, the project will focus on the development of kesterite based solar cells.

Kesterites are quaternary compounds with a crystalline structure very similar to that of chalcopyrites (CIGS: Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2). They have a strong potential for thin film low cost
PV technologies, related to their direct bandgap and high optical absorption. In contrast with CIGS -where the potential for high mass production is compromised by
the scarcity of In- they are constituted by abundant elements.

For this, a consortium formed by research institutes, universities and companies with strongly complementary expertises has been formed. This includes groups that are leaders
on the development of kesterite cells (Univ. Northumbria, HZB, Univ. Luxembourg) with groups with strong expertise on CIGS technologies (that are the parent technologies for
kesterite solar cells) (EMPA, UU-ASC, NEXCIS, IREC, Free Univ. Berlin, Univ. d'Aix-Marseille, Autonomous Univ. Madrid). Free Univ. Berlin has also significant experience in the
crystalline analysis of kesterites. Involvement of private companies (NEXCIS, Abengoa) devoted to the production and exploitation of PV technologies provides with complementary training aspects related to transferability of processes to industrial production and exploitation issues. All these aspects are relevant for the definition of a
structured interdisciplinary training programme for the formation of high level researchers that will be required in Europe for the development of competitive PV technologies.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA
Address
C/ Jardins De Les Dones De Negre 1
08930 Sant Adria De Besos
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 781 748,44
Administrative Contact
José Miguel Sanjuan (Mr.)

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 236 940
Address
2 Avenue De L'universite
4365 Esch-sur-alzette
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Heike Scheuerpflug-Hassane (Ms.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM BERLIN FUR MATERIALIEN UND ENERGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 457 337,76
Address
Hahn Meitner Platz 1
14109 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Van Issem (Mr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 252 686,94
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yaroslav Romanyuk (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 291 656,64
Address
Sutherland Building College Street
NE1 8ST Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Philip Atkinson (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 754 690,86
Address
Boulevard Charles Livon 58
13284 Marseille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Celine Damon (Ms.)
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 228 668,88
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva-Maria Silies (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 233 281,62
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María Del Carmen Puerta (Ms.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 266 525,16
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Camilla Adle (Ms.)
NEXCIS

Participation ended

France
Address
Zone Industrielle Avenue Celestin Cocq 190
13790 Rousset
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Celine Plomion (Ms.)
ABENGOA SOLAR NEW TECHNOLOGIES SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 201 783,78
Address
Calle Energia Solar Campus Palmas Altas 1
41014 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luis Vicente Gordillo