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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.

Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA
Net EU contribution
€ 279 450,00
Address
C/ Jardins De Les Dones De Negre 1
08930 Sant Adria De Besos
Spain

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (9)

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Participation ended

Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 158 940,00
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 108 900,00
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
INSTITUTUL DE FIZICA APLICATA
Moldova
Net EU contribution
€ 261 180,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM BERLIN FUR MATERIALIEN UND ENERGIE GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 81 000,00
Address
Hahn Meitner Platz 1
14109 Berlin

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Region
Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SOCIETATEA CU RASPUNDERE LIMITATA SUNGA
Moldova
Net EU contribution
€ 157 545,00
Address
Str Bolgarscaia 87
6101 Ceadir-lunga

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UAB MODERNIOS E-TECHNOLOGIJOS
Lithuania
Net EU contribution
€ 166 365,00
Address
Vismaliuku G 34
10423 Vilnius

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Lietuva Sostinės regionas Vilniaus apskritis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 49 500,00
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SINTEF AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 55 620,00
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (4)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

MOROCCAN FOUNDATION FOR ADVANCED SCIENCE INNOVATION AND RESEARCHFONDATION MASCIR
Morocco
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 121 635,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

BELARUSIAN STATE UNIVERSITY OF INFORMATICS AND RADIOELECTRONICS

Participation ended

Belarus
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 71 730,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED V DE RABAT
Morocco
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Avenue Des Nations Unies Agdal
10080 Rabat

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 180 450,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
South Africa
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Robert Sobukwe Road
7535 Cape Town

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 162 405,00