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Eco-Solar Factory - 40%plus eco-efficiency gains in the photovoltaic value chain with minimised resource and energy consumption by closed loop systems

Objective

EcoSolar envisions an integrated value chain to manufacture and implement solar panels in the most ecologic way by maximising resource efficiency, taking into account reuse of materials during production and repurposing solar panel components at end of life stage. EcoSolar will demonstrate that during the lifetime of a solar electricity producing field, individual panels can be monitored, allowing to identify defaulting panels at an early stage, replacing or repairing them and thus to increase the overall energy yield.
In WP1, SINTEF&Norsun will work on recovery & reuse during silicon ingot crystallisation, addressing recovery of argon purge gas and work with Steuler on reusable crucibles. In WP2 Garbo will recover Si-kerf-loss during wafering, and with SINTEF work on potential reuse applications, like as Si-feedstock in crystallisation processes, or as resource in crucible manufacturing or lithium ion battery production. In WP3, ISC&SoliTek will look into potential for re-using process water; reducing material resources, like chemicals and silver, by smarter solar cell design, more efficient processes and recovery and reuse of chemicals; AIMEN will develop solar cell monitoring and repair for inline processing in an industrial plant, to enable remanufacturing. In WP4 Apollon will use a module design that results in reduced bill of materials, enables remanufacturing and reuse of components from modules that showed failures after assembly or have been identified as malfunctioning in operating PV installations, based on integrated diagnosis techniques for the detection of failure modes.
bifa will collect data from all previous WPs to assess environmental impact of the intended innovations (WP5). Bifa will identify waste streams that are costly and hard to recycle and find opportunities to repurpose those waste products. BCC will disseminate the results and will support the partners with the exploitation and replication potential of the results (WP6).

Call for proposal

H2020-FoF-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SINTEF AS
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 253 457,96

Participants (11)

NORSUN AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 736 055,38
Address
Karenslyst Alle 9C
278 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UAB SOLI TEK R&D
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 547 500
Address
Mokslininku G. 6A
LT-08412 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ENERGY RESEARCHCENTER KONSTANZ ISC EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 573 950
Address
Rudolf Diesel Strasse 15
78467 Konstanz
Activity type
Research Organisations
APOLLON SOLAR
France
EU contribution
€ 542 375
Address
50 Rue Jean Zay Multiparc De Parilly
69800 Saint-priest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GARBO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 375
Address
Via Prati Nuovi 9
28065 Cerano No
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BOUKJE.COM CONSULTING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 169 276,25
Address
Bulkemstraat 4A
6369 XW Simpelveld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIFA UMWELTINSTITUT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 473 834
Address
Am Mittleren Moss 46
86167 Augsburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 458 937,50
Address
Calle Relva Torneiros 27A
36410 Porrino
Activity type
Research Organisations
STEULER SOLAR TECHNOLOGY AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 262 500
Address
Heroya Industripark 271
3936 Porsgrunn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INGESEA AUTOMATION SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 254 000
Address
Poligono Industrial Albitxuri 3S
20870 Elgoibar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Participation ended

Norway
EU contribution
€ 1 122 446,41
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations