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Advanced dry processes for low cost, thin multicrystalline silicon solar cell technology- (ADVOCATE)

Advanced dry processes for low cost, thin multicrystalline silicon solar cell technology- (ADVOCATE)

Objective

This project focuses on significant cost reduction of crystalline silicon solar cells by developing fully dry, environmentally friendly multi-Si cell fabrication processes.
The proposed novel, unconventional cell fabrication technology is capable to:
(1) process large area, thin (down to 100 microns) and fragile silicon wafers with a high throughput and a low breakage rate on automated production lines with reduced or without manual water handling operations,
(2)use of all types of low cost crystalline silicon substrates: standard multi-Si,EMC multi-Si, all types of silicon ribbons,
(3) remove all wet chemical and water rinsing processing steps,
(4) reduce the health risk in the production,
(5)reach cell efficiency > 16% on ultra thin wafers.
The project is aiming at the mid-term cost reduction of the multicrystalline solar cells down to 1 Eur/Wp. Cell process will be executed by two processing techniques: screen printing and plasma.

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Coordinator

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MIKRO-ELEKTRONICA CENTRUM VZW

Address

75,Kapeldreef 75
3001 Heverlee

Belgium

Administrative Contact

Gilbert DECLERCK (Prof.)

Participants (7)

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CENTRAL LABORATORY OF SOLAR ENERGY AND NEW ENERGY SOURCES - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

FAP FORSCHUNGS- UND APPLIKATIONSLABOR PLASMATECHNIK GMBH DRESDEN

Germany

PHOTOWATT INTERNATIONAL SA

France

RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TECHNICAL PHYSICS AND MATERIALS SCIENCE

Hungary

SECON SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT GMBH

Austria

UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA

Slovenia

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: ENK6-CT-2001-00562

  • Start date

    1 December 2001

  • End date

    30 November 2004

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 929 869

  • EU contribution

    € 1 728 125

Coordinated by:

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MIKRO-ELEKTRONICA CENTRUM VZW

Belgium