Crystal-Clear intends to develop innovative manufacturing technology for crystalline silicon photovoltaic (chi PV) modules. This is required to reach the EU 2010 target of 3GWp installed PV power at 1Eur/Wp module costs. This breakthrough will be realised by joining the critical mass of the European R&D institutes and PV industry. For the past 3 years all added production capacity was chi based, and 90% of all PV modules produced arcs based, making it the dominant technology and all partners expect it to remain so for the next 20 years. Cost reduction potential is large. Manufacturing costs of 1Eur/Wp are attainable by 2010.Japanese industry threatens EU PV industry. Japanese market share increased from 23 to 49% whereas European share dropped from 32 to 22% since 1994. Crystal-Clear is the right consortium to achieve the goal to regain 30% market share within 10 years; all leading PV manufacturers are represented and will work together. Increase of European market share from 20 to 30% generates an additional cumulative revenue gain of 2-3 billion Euros (70.000 person years) in module sales between 2003 and 2010. Crystal-Clear objectives are to:
1) reduce module production costs by 60%, from 3 to 1Euro/Wp after completion of the project,
2) improve environmental sustainability of production processes and products,
3)improve the competitive position of PV in the energy market by increasing quality and applicability. The entire production chain from silicon feedstock to module assembly will be innovated as to reach these objectives. Most important innovations are: 80% increased ingot size by charging silicon during crystallisation, industrialise methods for photon-up and photon-down conversion, single-shot lamination and interconnection, one-material module concept, in-site front cover formation, design for environment and recycling, and a cradle-to-grave sustainable manufacturing concept.
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