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Accelerated development and prototyping of nano-technology-based high-efficiency thin-film silicon solar modules

Objective

In recent years, the effort in thin-film silicon (TFSi) was made at solving industrialization issues. In 2010, several companies demonstrated 10% stable modules (> 1 m²). The major “bricks” for efficient production are now in place. Next challenges are linked to the fact that TFSi multi-junction devices, allowing for higher efficiency, are complex devices, in which the substrate geometry and each layer have an impact on the full device. This explains why the first industrializations focused on “single technology” roads (e.g., Jülich-AMAT or EPFL-Oerlikon approaches).

This project focuses at bringing the next-generation technology to the market, using newly developed state-of-the art knowledge to solve the complex puzzle of achieving at the same time strong light in-coupling (high current) and good electrical properties (open-circuit voltage and fill factor). In a unique collaborative effort of the leading EU industries and research institutions in the field, the consortium will go beyond the current technology status by
• Introducing novel materials, including multi-phase nanomaterials (such as doped nc-SiOx, high crystallinity nc-Si materials), stable top cell materials, nanoimprinted substrates and novel or adapted transparent conductive oxides;
• Designing and implementing ideal device structures, taking into account the full interaction of layers in multi-junction devices;
• Controlling the growth of active layers on textured materials;
• Working at processes that could allow a further extension of the technology such as very high rate nc-Si deposition or multi-step superstrate etching;
• Transferring processes, including static and dynamic plasma deposition, from the laboratory to pilot scale, with first trials in production lines.

The targets of the project is to achieve solar cells with 14% stable efficiency, leading to the demonstration of reliable production size prototypes module at 12% level. Potential cost below 0.5€/Wp should be demonstrated.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-ENERGY-2011
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 243 992,19
Administrative Contact
Anne Bosch (Ms.)

Participants (24)

SOLAREXCEL BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
Cuneraweg 438
3911 RW Rhenen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bart Kranz (Mr.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 304 487,60
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christophe Ballif (Prof.)
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 850 318,10
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maaike Brouwer (Ms.)
FYZIKALNI USTAV AV CR V.V.I
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 291 138
Address
Na Slovance 2
18221 Praha 8
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Milan Vanecek (Dr.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 368 434,80
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marko Topic (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 343 419
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nils Meijer (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 353 036
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Bogacz (Ms.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 293 250
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francesco Montesanto (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 010,25
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pieter Thijssen (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 293 486
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Julie Zittel (Ms.)
TEL SOLAR AG

Participation ended

Switzerland
Address
Hauptstrasse 1A
9477 Truebbach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tobias Roschek (Dr.)
MALIBU GMBH & CO KG

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Bottcherstrasse 7
33609 Bielefeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Helmut Stiebig (Prof.)
EUROGLAS GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 9 450,98
Address
Dammuhlenweg 60
39340 Haldensleben
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Bähr (Dr.)
FAP FORSCHUNGS UND APPLIKATIONSLABOR PLASMATECHNIK GMBH DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 243 592,50
Address
Gostritzer Strasse 67 B
01217 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olaff Steinke (Dr.)
DSM III B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 146 743
Address
Het Overloon 1
6411TE Heerlen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bart Kranz (Mr.)
CVD TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 195 124
Address
Cockroft Building, University Of Salford Campus, The Crescent
M5 4WT Salford-manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Sheel (Prof.)
SINGULUS STANGL SOLAR GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 582
Address
Fraunhofer Strasse 9
82256 Furstenfeldbruck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin-Maximilian Menschick (Mr.)
UNIRESEARCH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 195 850
Address
Delftechpark 37 J
2628 XJ Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cor Van Der Zweep (Mr.)
OM&T BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 218 378,40
Address
High Tech Campus 29
5656 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Van Den Brink (Dr.)
HYET SOLAR BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 537 708
Address
Westervoortsedijk 71 K
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Edward Hamers (Dr.)
Inventux Solar Technologies GmbH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 171 170,36
Address
Wolfener Strasse 23
12681 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jörg Stanzel (Dr.)
3SUN SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 815 932,06
Address
Contrada Blocco Torrazze Zona Industriale
95121 Catania
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valentino Rossi (Dr.)
SOLAYER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 194 540
Address
Sachsenallee 28
01723 Wilsdruff Ot Kesselsdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brad Tinkham
MORPHOTONICS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 273 112,50
Address
De Run 4281
5503 LM Veldhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rob Van Erven (Mr.)