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SOLUTION PROCESSED HIGH PERFORMANCE TRANSPARENT ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS

Objective

The triggering of SOLPROCEL took place when COMSA EMTE and ICFO realized the potential that an organic photovoltaic (OPV) based technology has to be incorporated in transparent modules to generate electricity. Indeed, the OPV technology is the only one capable of producing semitransparent colorless cells providing a clear and undistorted image when looking through the device. It can be perfectly integrated in buildings façades offering an enormous potential for electricity production units to penetrate in urban areas. However, COMSA EMTE is well aware that transparent OPV cells are not yet ready for a module production phase and priority must be given to material research. Several issues, spanning from the development of low cost module fabrication to having stable and durable devices, must be addressed. Much of the success rests on having the materials for such low cost module fabrication. To achieve an optimal light harvesting in a solution-processed semitransparent OPV cell, we propose to combine the device processing developed by FAU with the photonic control developed by ICFO. Encouraged by COMSA EMTE and FAU, ICFO took the lead of SOLPROCEL. The project incorporates 3 companies which will be able to industrially produce the PV and nano materials needed in solution-processed OPV cells: Specific Polymers the PV polymers, Nanograde the nanoparticles used in the buffer layers, and RAS the Ag nanowires used in the electrodes. In SOLPROCEL such companies will be guided by three research institutions which can provide complementary knowhow in three of the fundamental aspects of OPV technology: nano-fabrication (FAU), light management (ICFO), and organic synthesis (FhG-IAP). The quantifiable goal of SOLPROCEL is to obtain the materials needed for fully solution-processed high performance transparent OPV cells and to raise the efficiency of such cells from 5.6% to 9%. This later value corresponding to 80% of the 12% efficiency of the corresponding opaque cell.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-SMALL-7
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES
Address
Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 3
08860 Castelldefels
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 618 640
Administrative Contact
Dolors Mateu (Ms.)

Participants (6)

SPECIFIC POLYMERS
France
EU contribution
€ 216 520
Address
Avenue Des Cocardieres 150 Zac Via Domitia
34160 Castries
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cedric Loubat (Dr.)
AVANTAMA AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 461 200
Address
Laubisruetistrasse 50
8712 Staefa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Samuel Halim (Dr.)
COMSA CORPORACION DE INFRAESTRUCTURAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 248 231
Address
Calle Viriato 47
08014 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Merche Polo (Mrs.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 324 289
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 689 754
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Hoffmann (Mrs.)
RENT-A-SCIENTIST GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 301 800
Address
Nussberger Strasse 6B
93059 Regensburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georg Maier (Dr.)