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Super high efficiency Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin-film solar cells approaching 25%

Objective

Prime objective of the Sharc25 project is to develop super-high efficiency Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells for next generation of cost-beneficial solar module technology with the world leading expertise establishing the new benchmarks of global excellence.
The project partners ZSW and EMPA hold the current CIGS solar cell efficiency world records of 21.7% on glass and 20.4% on polymer film, achieved by using high (~650°C) and low (~450°C) temperature CIGS deposition, respectively. Both have developed new processing concepts which open new prospects for further breakthroughs leading to paradigm shift for increased performance of solar cells approaching to the practically achievable theoretical limits. In this way the costs for industrial solar module production < 0.35€/Wp and installed systems < 0.60€/Wp can be achieved, along with a reduced Capex < 0.75€/Wp for factories of >100 MW production capacity, with further scopes for cost reductions through production ramp-up.
In this project the performance of single junction CIGS solar cells will be pushed from ~21% towards 25% by a consortium with multidisciplinary expertise. The key limiting factors in state-of-the-art CIGS solar cells are the non-radiative recombination and light absorption losses. Novel concepts will overcome major recombination losses: combinations of increased carrier life time in CIGS with emitter point contacts, engineered grain boundaries for active carrier collection, shift of absorber energy bandgap, and bandgap grading for increased tolerance of potential fluctuations. Innovative approaches will be applied for light management to increase the optical path length in the CIGS absorber and combine novel emitter, front contact, and anti-reflection concepts for higher photon injection into the absorber. Concepts of enhanced cell efficiency will be applied for achieving sub-module efficiencies of >20% and industrial implementation strategies will be proposed for the benefit of European industries.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-LCE-2014-1

Coordinator

ZENTRUM FUR SONNENENERGIE- UND WASSERSTOFF-FORSCHUNG BADEN-WURTTEMBERG
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€ 1 428 010,00
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Meitnerstrasse 1
70563 Stuttgart
Germany

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00

Participants (11)

EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
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Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 267 981,25
UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg
Net EU contribution
€ 474 313,75
Address
2 Avenue De L'universite
4365 Esch-sur-alzette

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Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE DE ROUEN NORMANDIE
France
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€ 451 980,00
Address
Rue Thomas Becket 1 Mont Saint Aignan
76821 Mont Saint Aignan Cedex

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Normandie Haute-Normandie Seine-Maritime
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
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€ 87 840,00
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Italy
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€ 268 250,00
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Via Universita 12
43100 Parma

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Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Parma
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€ 0,00
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
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€ 595 021,00
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Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,25
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM BERLIN FUR MATERIALIEN UND ENERGIE GMBH
Germany
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€ 436 125,00
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Hahn Meitner Platz 1
14109 Berlin

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Berlin Berlin Berlin
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LABORATORIO IBERICO INTERNACIONAL DE NANOTECNOLOGIA LIN
Portugal
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€ 230 625,00
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Avenida Mestre Jose Veiga
4715-330 Braga

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Continente Norte Cávado
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AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
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€ 339 458,00
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Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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FLISOM AG
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
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Gewerbestrasse 16
8155 Niederhasli

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 321 875,00
NICE SOLAR ENERGY GMBH
Germany
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€ 251 500,00
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Alfred Leikam Strasse 25
74523 Schwabisch Hall

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Schwäbisch Hall
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