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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

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).
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Coordinator

SINTEF AS

Address

Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 253 457,96

Participants (11)

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NORSUN AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 736 055,38

UAB SOLI TEK R&D

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 547 500

INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ENERGY RESEARCHCENTER KONSTANZ ISC EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 573 950

APOLLON SOLAR

France

EU Contribution

€ 542 375

GARBO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 248 375

BOUKJE.COM CONSULTING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 169 276,25

BIFA UMWELTINSTITUT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 473 834

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 458 937,50

STEULER SOLAR TECHNOLOGY AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 262 500

INGESEA AUTOMATION SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 254 000

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 1 122 446,41

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 679692

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2015

  • End date

    30 September 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 642 707,75

  • EU contribution

    € 5 642 707,50

Coordinated by:

SINTEF AS

Norway