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Improved Polycrystalline-Silicon Modules on Glass Substrates

Objective

The aim of this project is to improve the efficiency and the cost-effectiveness of thin-film polysilicon solar modules. Thin-film polysilicon solar cells have recently emerged as a promising thin-film alternative to bulk crystalline Si. With Solid Phase Crystallization (SPC) of amorphous Si, CSG Solar AG recently achieved mini-modules with an efficiency of around 10%, matching the efficiencies of the best European micromorph mini-modules. The efficiency of polysilicon modules will be enhanced in this project by improvement of the crystallographic and electronic quality of the polysilicon material and by the develoment of advanced new methods for light confinement. By in-depth characterization of the polysilicon material, a better understanding of the relationship between the processing parameters, the electrical and optical properties of the material and the resulting device properties will be obtained. The main goals are to have large-area polysilicon modules with an efficiency of 12% and with a cost of 0.7 Euro per Watt peak at the end of the project. The active participation of CSG within this project will allow the consortium to produce module demonstrators by using the pilot line of CSG and also to accurately determine the effect of newly developed process steps on the cost-effectiveness of polysilicon modules. This makes sure that there is a good chance to bring the developed technologies directly into real mass production at the end of the project. These objectives fit very well in the topic ENERGY.2009.2.1.1 - Efficiency and material issues for thin-film photovoltaics. The expected impact of the proposed project is to enhance the efficiency of polysilicon modules, thereby increasing their cost-effectiveness. Since all the main European institutes working on thin-film polysilicon solar cells are joining forces within this project, a substantial acceleration in the improvement of the cost-effectiveness of polysilicon modules is expected.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 209 568
Administrative Contact
Christine Van Houtven (Ms.)

Participants (7)

CSG SOLAR AG

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 168 284,50
Address
Sonnenallee
06766 Thalheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jonathon Dore (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 255 000
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
FYZIKALNI USTAV AV CR V.V.I
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 453 200
Address
Na Slovance 2
18221 Praha 8
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Antonin Fejfar (Dr.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM BERLIN FUR MATERIALIEN UND ENERGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 751 340
Address
Hahn Meitner Platz 1
14109 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Frederking (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 449 902
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Denis Fix (Mr.)
SUNTECH R&D AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
Australia
Address
Bay Street 82
2019 Botany Nsw
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Taouk (Dr.)
EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 144 100
Address
Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Rode (Mr.)