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Advanced aRchitectures for ultra-thin high-efficiency CIGS solar cells with high Manufacturability

Advanced aRchitectures for ultra-thin high-efficiency CIGS solar cells with high Manufacturability

Objective

Advanced aRchitectures for ultra-thin high-efficiency CIGS solar cells
with high Manufacturability (ARCIGS-M)
This project´s goal is advanced materials and nanotechnologies for novel CIGS PV device architectures with efficiencies ≥ 23.0 %, thus beyond that of the current state-of-the-art technologies. The technology targets the BIPV sector and enables several innovative solutions for BIPV.
The novel functional materials and material combinations are (1) surface functionalized steel substrates, (2) nano-structuring strategies for optical management of rear contact layers, (3) passivation layers with nano-sized point openings, and (4) ultra-thin CIGS thin film absorber layers. The concepts will be developed and established in production viable equipment. Additionally, this new design will also increase the system’s lifetime and materials resource efficiency, mainly due to the use of ultra-thin CIGS layers (less In and Ga), and barrier and passivation layers that hinder alkali metal movement. Hence, this project will lead to enhanced performance, but also yield and stability, while maintaining manufacturability. The consortium includes SME’s and industrial partners positioned throughout the complete solar module manufacturing value chain. Their roles will be to develop and commercialize new equipment, products and/or services. The consortium already pioneered the proposed advanced material solutions up to technology readiness level (TRL) 4, and this project targets to bring these innovative concepts to TRL 6 in a low-cost demonstrator. The aim is to develop and validate innovative, economic and sustainable BIPV applications, as a near future high value market for the European PV industries. An exploitation strategy, developed with the support of TTO (www.tto.dk), identifying BIPV as the most promising market has been used to validate the choice of technologies and will be further developed during the course of the project.

Coordinator

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Address

Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 624 750

Participants (12)

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INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 519 028,75

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 503 382,50

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 377 822,50

LABORATORIO IBERICO INTERNACIONAL DE NANOTECNOLOGIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 377 406,25

MIDSUMMER AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 320 307,75

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 413 516,25

SOLIBRO RESEARCH AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 318 150

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 282 050

OBDUCAT TECHNOLOGIES AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 272 062

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 128 603,13

ADVANCED COATINGS & CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 302 373,75

ARCELORMITTAL MAIZIERES RESEARCH SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 59 248

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 720887

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2016

  • End date

    31 May 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 099 020

  • EU contribution

    € 4 498 700,88

Coordinated by:

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden