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Advanced Thin-Film Technologies for Cost Effective Photovoltaics

Objective

Long term scenarios for a sustainable global development suggest that it should be feasible by the middle of this century to provide over 80% of the electric power by a mix of energy from renewable sources. Photovoltaics (PV) is one important option which can provide a significant share of over 30% to such a mix. According to the learning curve for cost reduction of photovoltaics, thin film solar cells will play a major role. The APAS study, assigned by the European Commission, has shown that for large-capa city facilities (> 60 MW/year per plant) the manufacturing costs for thin film modules will become substantially lower, compared to crystalline silicon wafer modules. This project focuses on the most promising material and device options for thin film t echnologies, namely cadmium-free cells and modules, based on amorphous, micro- and polycrystalline silicon as well as on I-III-VI2-chalcopyrite compound semiconductors. The overall goal is to provide the scientific and technological basis for an industrial mass production of cost effective and highly efficient, environmentally sound, large-area thin film solar cells and modules. By drawing on a broad basis of expertise, the entire range of module fabrication and supporting R&D will be covered: Substrate s, semiconductor and contact deposition, monolithic series interconnection, encapsulation, performance evaluation and applications. The main objectives are: - significantly reducing the cost/efficiency ratio: towards 0.5 Euro/Wp on the long run - providing the know-how and the scientific basis for large-area PV modules by identifying and testing new materials and technologies with maximum cost reduction - developing the process know-how and the production technology as well as the design and fabrication of specialised equipment resulting in low costs and high yield in the production of large area thin film modules.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-ENERGY-3
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM BERLIN FÜR MATERIALIEN UND ENERGIE GMBH
Address
Glienicker Strasse 100
Berlin
Germany

Participants (25)

APPLIED MATERIALS GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
Address
Siemensstrasse 100
Alzenau
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS
Spain
Address
Avenida Complutense 22
Madrid
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
Address
Westerduinweg, 3
Petten
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
Raemistrasse 101
Zurich
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH
Germany
Address
Leo-brandt-strasse
Juelich
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
Address
Kapeldreef 75
Leuven
FYZIKALNI USTAV AV CR
Czechia
Address
Na Slovance 2
Praha 8
IZT INSTITUT FUER ZUKUNFTSSTUDIEN UND TECHNOLOGIEBEWERTUNG GMBH
Germany
Address
Schopenhauerstr. 26
Berlin
SCHOTT SOLAR THIN FILM GMBH
Germany
Address
Otto-schott- Strasse 4
Jena
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
Gent
SULFURCELL SOLARTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Barbara-mcclintock-str. 11
Berlin
SAINT-GOBAIN RECHERCHE SA
France
Address
39 Quai Lucien Lefranc
Aubervilliers
SHELL SOLAR GMBH
Germany
Address
Otto-hahn-ring 6
München
SOLARION GMBH
Germany
Address
Ostende 5
Leipzig
UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL
Switzerland
Address
Avenue Du 1Er Mars 26
Neuchâtel
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE.
United Kingdom
Address
Ellison Place, Ellison Building
Newcastle Upon Tyne
UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS
Greece
Address
University Campus - Panepistimioupolis - Rion
Patras
ZENTRUM FUER SONNENENERGIE- UND WASSERSTOFF-FORSCHUNG, BADEN-WUERTEMBERG
Germany
Address
Industriestrasse 6
Stuttgart
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
Ljubljana
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Address
Kaiserswertherstrasse 16-18
Berlin
AVANCIS GMBH
Germany
Address
Suhrenkamp 71-77
Hamburg
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Batiment C.e. 3.316; Station 1
Lausanne
EIDGENÖSSISCHE MATERIALPRÜFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
Address
Überlandstrasse 129
Dübendorf
OERLIKON SOLAR AG, TRÜBBACH
Switzerland
Address
Hauptstrasse 1A
Trübbach