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Heterojunction Solar Cells based on a-Si c-Si

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211821

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2008

  • End date

    31 January 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 051 116

  • EU contribution

    € 3 399 564

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

Objective

The Photovoltaic (PV) industry needs to find new approaches to make solar cells competitive. Crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafer-based technology has a real potential to achieve significant cost reduction if the R&D effort is made on the most critical issues. These issues are the reduction of silicon material consumption, the increase of solar cell efficiency and an improved integration into modules. In this context, silicon heterojunction solar cells, the active part of which is basically produced by a low temperature growth of ultra-thin layers of silicon onto both sides of a thin crystalline silicon wafer-base, represent clearly one of the most promising options. The HETSI project aims to design, develop and test novel aSi-cSi Heterojunction solar cell structure concepts with high efficiency. This project covers all aspects of the value chain, from upstream research of layer growth and deposition, to module process and cell interconnection, down to upscaling and cost assessment of heterojunction concept. The Consortium is a balanced team of 12 partners from 6 European countries with a wide range of expertise in the field of silicon for PV covering various aspects from the deposition of thin silicon films, passivation of interfaces, through characterization and modelling, down to technological implementation and industrial achievement capabilities. The cooperation of Europe’s leading research institutes in the field of heterojunction solar cells (HMI, ECN, CEA-INES, IMEC, UNINE, UU, ENEA and CNRS) will generate synergy effects that will help to provide the know-how needed to reach the optimum relation of cell efficiency and cost. The presence in the consortium of 3 industrial partners, Q-Cells, Photowatt and Solon, which are among the leading European solar cell and module producers, will insure a rapid and efficient economic exploitation of HETSI results.
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Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

Address

Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 485 793

Administrative Contact

Yves Hussenot (Mr.)

Participants (11)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 373 601

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 394 618

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 309 494

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 200 232

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 302 944

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 361 330

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM BERLIN FUR MATERIALIEN UND ENERGIE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 368 058

PHOTOWATT INTERNATIONAL SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 172 926

Q-CELLS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 167 318

SOLON AG FUER SOLARTECHNIK

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 174 125

AYMING

France

EU Contribution

€ 89 125

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211821

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2008

  • End date

    31 January 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 051 116

  • EU contribution

    € 3 399 564

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

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