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Double side contacted cells with innovative carrier-selective contacts

Double side contacted cells with innovative carrier-selective contacts

Objective

The DISC project addresses the need to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels by developing key technologies for the next generation of high-performance photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and modules, allowing ultra-low solar electricity costs with minimum environmental impact.
DISC focuses on the only way to fully exploit the potential of silicon to its maximum: through the use of carrier selective junctions, i.e., contacts which allow charge carriers to be extracted without recombination. Such contacts allow for simple device architecture as considered in DISC - non-patterned double-side contacted cells – which can be fabricated within a lean process flow, either by upgrading existing or within future production lines. In DISC, a unique consortium of experienced industrial actors will collaborate with a set of institutes with demonstrated record devices and worldwide exceptional experience in the R&D field of carrier selective contacts. DISC will target efficiencies >25.5% on large area cell and >22% at module level while demonstrating pilot manufacturing readiness at competitive costs.
Together with a reduction of non-abundant material consumption (Ag, In), with an enhancement of the energy yield, with modern module design ensuring outstanding durability, DISC will provide the key elements for achieving in Europe very low Levelized Costs of Electricity between 0.04 – 0.07$/kWh (depending on the irradiation), with mid-term potential for further reduction, making solar one of the cheapest electricity source. The high efficient PV modules developed in DISC are predestined for rooftop installations, i.e., neutral with respect to land use aspects. A life cycle approach applied in DISC prevents the shifting of environmental or social burdens between impact categories.
DISC has a chance to contribute towards mitigating the impacts of climate change, improving energy access and towards bringing Europe back at the forefront of solar cell science, technology and manufacturing

Coordinator

INSTITUT FUR SOLARENERGIEFORSCHUNG GMBH

Address

Am Ohrberg 1
31860 Emmerthal

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 994 795

Participants (12)

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ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 799 967,50

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 857 547,50

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

Switzerland

MEYER BURGER AG

Switzerland

TOTAL MARKETING SERVICES

France

EU Contribution

€ 157 626,25

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 372 125

VON ARDENNE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 535 150

MECO EQUIPMENT ENGINEERS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 416 556,25

ECOSOLIFER HETEROJUNCTION KORLATOLTFELELOSSEGU TARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 193 501,25

AYMING

France

EU Contribution

€ 148 750

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 267 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727529

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 620 246,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 743 518,75

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT FUR SOLARENERGIEFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany