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Elevated Concentration photovoltaic solar energy generator and fully automated machinery for high throughput manufacturing and testing

Objective

Today most of HCPV (High Concentration PhotoVoltaic) generators are built with refractive lenses. A few companies have developed efficient solutions and set up manufacturing lines for these kind of products, but there aren’t effective reflective optics HCPV systems in Europe.
ECOSOLE regards the realization and demonstration of an innovative HCPV generator made of:
• New high efficiency,very high concentration, photovoltaic modules made of high acceptance refractive optics with high performance coatings, new III-V spectrum tuned quantic effect multi-junction solar cells and novel heat and humidity management systems.
• New high efficiency DC-AC module converters with radio communication and specific fast MPPT algorithms.
• A low cost, high precision solar tracker with improved reliability moving parts and lightweight structures.
The project will focus on the integrated design of the new HCPV generator and on the study and demonstration of new methods for its large scale low cost manufacturing. The project will also focus on the study and testing of the generator’s reliability. The generators will be tested in outdoor conditions in different sites and a system performance model will be developed.
The product’s cost and performance are strictly affected by the manufacturing methods, and the product’s market competitiveness is dependent upon the manufacturing method and its automation level. The manufacturing process will be capable of very high production rates as high as 1 HCPV module per minute to guarantee the high throughput necessary to drop the manufacturing's cost.
The new HCPV generator and its manufacturing methods will enable the setup of large production scale processes that will make it possible to deploy the new generators for the realization of huge photovoltaic power stations, preferably in desert areas and in the southern European regions, due to their higher application efficiency compared to standard PV systems.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-2
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

BECAR SRL
Address
Viale Della Pace 1
Monteveglio
Italy
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Carpanelli (Dr.)

Participants (10)

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francesco Roca (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo León (Prof.)
SOLDADURAS AVANZADAS SL
Spain
Address
Calle San Maximo 31 3 Nv 8
Madrid
Administrative Contact
Emilio Agudo (Mr.)
EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
Germany
Address
Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Rode (Mr.)
AUREL SPA
Italy
Address
Via Foro Dei Tigli 4
47015 Modigliana Fo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valerio Ciani (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Oihana Zubillaga (Dr.)
OEC AG
Germany
Address
Lindwurmstrasse 41
Munchen
Administrative Contact
Julia Unterhinninghofen (Dr.)
PLAMTEX PODJETJE ZA PROIZVODNJO PREDELAVO TRGOVINO GOSTINSTVO ZASTOPSTVO IN MARKETING DOO MENGES
Slovenia
Address
Subiceva Ulica 1
Menges
Administrative Contact
Matjaz Zupancic (Mr.)
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
Address
.
84105 Beer Sheva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dori Schneider (Ms.)
PLAMTEX INT DOO
Slovenia
Address
Subiceva Ulica 1
000 Menges
Administrative Contact
Matjaz Zupancic (Mr.)