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A new PV wave making more efficient use of the solar spectrum (FULLSPECTRUM)

Objective

The project pursues a better exploitation of the FULL solar SPECTRUM (as requested in the Work Programme) by further developing concepts already scientifically proven but not yet developed and by trying to prove new ones in the search of a breakthrough for the PV technology. More specific objectives are the development of:
a) III-V multijunction cells (MJC),
b) Solar Thermo-photovoltaic (TPV) converters,
c) Intermediate band (IB) materials and cells (IBC),
d) Molecular based concepts (MBC) for full PV utilisation of the solar spectrum and
e) Manufacturing Technologies for novel concepts including assembling.
MJC technology towards 40 % efficiency will be developed using lower cost substrates and high light concentration (up or above 1000 suns). TPV is a concept of high theoretical efficiency limit because the whole energy of all the photons is used in the heating process and because the non-used photons can be feed back to the emitter, therefore assisting in keeping it hot. Small prototypes with sun/gas heated emitters will be developed. In the IBC approach sub-band gap photons are exploited by means of an IB. IB materials will be sought by direct synthesis suggested by material band calculations and using nanotechnology in quantum dot IBCs. In the development of the MBC, topics like the development of two-photon dye cells and the development of a static global (direct and diffuse) light concentrator by means of luminescent multicolour dyes and QDs, with the radiation confined by photon crystals, will be particularly addressed. Manufacturing technologies include using opt electronic assembling techniques and coupling of light to cells with new-optics miniconcentrators.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-ENERGY-1
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Address
Avda De Ramiro De Maeztu 7 S/n
Madrid
Spain

Participants (19)

PROJEKTGESELLSCHAFT SOLARE ENERGIESYSTEME MBH
Germany
Address
Christaweg 40
Freiburg
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
Muenchen
IOFFE PHYSICO-TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
Russia
Address
Politechnicheskaya 26
Sint Petersburg
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
31-33 Rue De La Federation
Paris
AZUR SPACE SOLAR POWER GMBH
Germany
Address
Theresienstrasse 2
Heilbronn
PHILIPPS UNIVERSITY MARBURG
Germany
Address
Biegenstrasse 12
Marburg
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
Address
Tbc
Villigen Psi
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
Address
University Avenue
Glasgow
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano 17
Madrid
ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
Address
Westerduinweg 3
Petten
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
80125 Utrecht
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
South Kensington Campus
London
SOLARONIX SA
Switzerland
Address
Rue De L'ouriette, 129
Aubonne
ISOFOTON S.A.
Spain
Address
Calle Caleta De Velez 52, Pol Ind. Santa Teresa
Malaga
INSPIRA SL
Spain
Address
Calle Chile 10, Edificio Madrid-92
Las Rozas De Madrid
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
Bruxelles
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Address
Kallipoleos Avenue 75
Nicosia
PSE GMBH - FORSCHUNG, ENTWICKLUNG, MARKETING
Germany
Address
Emmy-noether Str. 2
Freiburg
PSE AG
Germany
Address
Emmy-noether Str. 2
Freiburg