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Crystalline Silicon PV: Low-cost, highly efficient and reliable modules (CRYSTAL CLEAR)

Objective

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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-ENERGY-1
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Address
Westerduinweg 3
Petten
Netherlands

Participants (16)

BP SOLAR ESPANA SA
Spain
Address
P.i. Tres Cantos. Zona Oeste S/n.
Madrid
BP SOLAR LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Chertsey Road
Sunbury-on-thames
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
23, Rue Du Loess
Strasbourg
DEUTSCHE CELL GMBH
Germany
Address
Berthelsdorfer Strassee 111 A
Freiberg/sachsen
DEUTSCHE SOLAR AG
Germany
Address
Bherteheldorfer Strasse 111A
Freiberg/sachsen
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
Muenchen
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONIKA CENTRUM VZW
Belgium
Address
Kapeldreef 75
Leuven
ISOFOTON S.A.
Spain
Address
Calle Caleta De Velez 52, Pol Ind. Santa Teresa
Malaga
PHOTOWATT INTERNATIONAL S.A.S.
France
Address
Rue Saint-honore - Champfleuri 33
Bourgoin Jallieu
RENEWABLE ENERGY CORPORATION ASA
Norway
Address
Veritasveien 14
Høvik
SCANWAFER ASA
Norway
Address
Oernesveien 3
Glomfjord
SCHOTT SOLAR GMBH
Germany
Address
Carl-zeiss-strasse 4
Alzenau
SOLARWORLD INDUSTRIES DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
Address
Otto-hahn-ring 6
Munich
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Avda De Ramiro De Maeztu 7 S/n
Madrid
UNIVERSITAET KONSTANZ
Germany
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 10
Konstanz
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
Utrecht