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Automated photovoltaic cell and Module industrial Production to regain and secure European Renewable Energy market

Objective

Today’s world PV market is dominated by standard crystalline solar cells (so-called Al-BSF cells) and part of the market is shifting to PERC solar cells. The shift is obtained by introducing three additional process steps to the standard process (rear side cleaning, passivation and laser opening), and allows a gain of typically 1% absolute in efficiency. Next generation c-Si technologies should feature higher voltage solar cells with higher efficiency and less processing steps in the manufacturing, allowing for further cost reduction, both at the PV panel level and for the final cost of solar electricity. AMPERE focuses on technologies with such a potential and capitalizes on the high tech investments made in Europe over the last decade for establishing advanced manufacturing processes for crystalline silicon heterojunction (SHJ) solar cells and modules, on the development of hardware capable of coating at high speed and low cost homogeneous materials of high electronic quality. It also bases on the unique expertise gained in production of thin film modules, and in all hardware issues related to large area coatings in production environment, which can applied for the production of SHJ cells and modules. The final goal of the project is t the setting-up of a 100 MW full-scale automated pilot line in production environment at the 3Sun fab, while preparing the next steps to 300 MW and GW scale. The project will operate with the support of full technology platforms for solar cells at CEA and the platform for advanced module technologies at MBS. It will demonstrate practically the ultra-low cost potential of such manufacturing approaches, as well as the even more impressively low solar electricity generation costs thanks to high efficiency and/or intrinsic bifaciality of the selected technologies.

Coordinator

ENEL GREEN POWER SPA

Address

Viale Regina Margherita 125
00198 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 8 765 433,26

3SUN SRL

Address

Contrada Blocco Torrazze Zona Industriale
95121 Catania

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Participants (13)

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Meyer Burger Research AG

Switzerland

MEYER BURGER AG

Switzerland

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 2 662 273,75

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 566 387,50

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

Switzerland

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

NORSUN AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 506 141,13

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 440 755

JONAS & REDMANN AUTOMATIONSTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 630 199,50

SEMILAB FELVEZETO FIZIKAI LABORATORIUM RESZVENYTARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 401 187,50

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 253 062,50

RISE TECHNOLOGY SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 243 337,50

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 483 287,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 745601

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2017

  • End date

    30 April 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 26 557 003,75

  • EU contribution

    € 14 952 065,14

Coordinated by:

ENEL GREEN POWER SPA

Italy

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