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International cooperation for the development of cost-efficient kesterite/c-Si thin film next generation tandem solar cells

Objective

Photovoltaic (PV) is recognized as one of the main renewable energy solutions for fulfilling the targets defined by the EU Energy Roadmap 2050 and the SET Plan. Most of the current commercial PV devices are formed by single junctions, and more complex device concepts allowing a significant increase in device efficiency (well beyond the theoretical limit in the 30%-33% range) are still mostly limited to expensive III-V technologies.
INFINITE-CELL proposes extending the very high efficiency tandem device concepts to emerging thin film PV technologies with high potential for reduction of costs and avoiding the use of critical raw materials. Within this context, the aim is to establish and consolidate an International and Intersectoral Cooperation between 6 EC/AC Academic Institutions (IREC, SINTEF AS, CNRS, UAM, IAP-ASM, HZB), 2 European Companies (SUNGA, MET), and 4 non EC/AC Academic Institutions (MASCIR, BSUIR, UM5, UWC), for the development of cost-efficient photovoltaic tandem devices based in the combination of wide band-gap kesterite absorbers (Cu2Zn(Si,Ge,Sn)(S,Se)4) as top cell, and low cost c-Si thin film as bottom cell. Thanks to the combination of the know-how generated in previous and successful FP7 projects (PVICOKEST (269167) and EUROSUNMED (608593)), INFINITE-CELL targets to develop stacked and monolithically integrated kesterite/c-Si thin film devices with efficiencies of 15% and 20% respectively, using only fully sustainable materials and processes.
This will be possible through de definition of a very impacting Research Plan and a very ambitious Plan of Secondments, where 293 PMs will be exchanged among the partners. The seconded researchers will be immersed in an International and Intersectoral environment for the development and improvement of their networking, scientific, writing, effective communication, and time management skills, warranting the consolidation of a high level scientific community in Advanced Tandem Solar Cell.

Field of science

  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA
Address
C/ Jardins De Les Dones De Negre 1
08930 Sant Adria De Besos
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 265 500

Participants (8)

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Participation ended

Norway
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 148 500
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 130 500
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTUL DE FIZICA APLICATA
Moldova
EU contribution
€ 247 500
Address
Academiei 5
MD2028 Chisinau
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM BERLIN FUR MATERIALIEN UND ENERGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 117 000
Address
Hahn Meitner Platz 1
14109 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
SOCIETATEA CU RASPUNDERE LIMITATA SUNGA
Moldova
EU contribution
€ 184 500
Address
Str Bolgarscaia 87
6101 Ceadir-lunga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UAB MODERNIOS E-TECHNOLOGIJOS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 166 500
Address
Vismaliuku G 34
10423 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SINTEF AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 58 500
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations

Partners (4)

MOROCCAN FOUNDATION FOR ADVANCED SCIENCE INNOVATION AND RESEARCHFONDATION MASCIR
Morocco
Address
Rue Mohamed Al Jazouli
10100 Rabat
Activity type
Research Organisations
BELARUSSKY GOSUDARSTVENNIY UNIVERSITET INFORMATIKI I RADIOELEKTRONIKI
Belarus
Address
P Brovki Str 6
220013 Minsk
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED V DE RABAT
Morocco
Address
Avenue Des Nations Unies Agdal
10080 Rabat
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
South Africa
Address
Robert Sobukwe Road
7535 Cape Town
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments