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HYBRID PHOTOVOLTAICS FOR EFFICIENCY RECORD USING INTEGRATED OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 857775

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 534 523,75

  • EU contribution

    € 10 590 511,26

Coordinated by:

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

Switzerland

Objective

The HIPERION consortium has been assembled to answer the call LC-SC3-RES-15-2019: Increase the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry.

The goal of the project is to bring to fruition at the industrial scale a validated high efficiency module-level innovation, based on a disruptive planar optical micro-tracking technology, which concentrates sunlight on multijunction solar cells, mounted on top of a conventional silicon backplate. The resulting high efficiency solar modules (>30% STC under direct sunlight) with a standard flat panel form factor can be mounted on any standard racks or rooftops.

The technology has been extensively demonstrated with outdoor tests and pilot installations. It must be now industrialized for mass production, to enable its integration by manufacturers in their existing production lines. The project will demonstrate at pilot-line level the assembly of these high efficiency modules, while several commercial pilot sites across Europe and qualification tests will further validate the performance and reliability.

To achieve successfully this 48-month, 13 M€ valued action, a consortium of 16 members representing 9 European countries has been gathered. It includes several industrial players with the key expertise to develop the assembly processes, and some of the most renown European PV centers with strong know-how on design and qualification. A solar manufacturer will do a detailed economical evaluation on the integration of the technology in the production line, while several solar installers will represent both the rooftop and utility end markets.

With its novel module architecture and innovative manufacturing processes, HIPERION has the potential to drastically reduce solar electricity costs by significantly boosting the efficiency. It could allow EU PV manufacturers to gain a clear competitive advantage against mainstream solar modules and to regain market shares on the growing PV market.
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Coordinator

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

Address

Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel

Switzerland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 399 380

Participants (15)

INSOLIGHT SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 2 919 329

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 1 118 625

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 500 001,25

MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 1 296 750

X-CELEPRINT LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 1 005 585,88

ARGOTECH AS

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 498 050

IQE plc

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 138 570,25

SOCIETE INDUSTRIELLE DE SONCEBOZ SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 321 125

3S SOLAR PLUS AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 205 450

POLITECHNIKA LODZKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 148 750

BELGISCH LABORATORIUM VAN DE ELEKTRICITEITSINDUSTRIE LABORELEC CVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 309 642,50

MUON ELECTRIC LDA.

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 69 387,50

MILIEU STUDIO

France

EU Contribution

€ 164 147,38

ASSOCIATION COMPAZ

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 244 750

L - UP SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 250 967,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 857775

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 534 523,75

  • EU contribution

    € 10 590 511,26

Coordinated by:

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

Switzerland